Structural Engineering



The Structural Engineering Division in the Department of Civil Engineering is a vibrant synergy of a group of leading faculty with extensive theoretical and practical experience and a large number of bright and hard-working students. Currently, there are 20 PhD scholars, 20 MS scholars and 40 MTech students working in the Division along with twelve faculty members. The division provides, undeniably, the best experimental facility in the country, and a well-endowed computing network with state-of-the-art hardware and software. With this manpower and infrastructure, the Division serves a wide range of activities related to socially relevant and world-class teaching, research, development and consultancy.


Structural Engineering at IIT Madras offers degree programs in M.Tech., M.S. and Ph.D. Admission to research based M.S. and Ph.D. programs are through personal interviews, and to M.Tech. program through GATE. For more information, visit CE-MTech, CE-MS and CE-PhD.


Structural engineering laboratory has two bays for large scale structural testing, a casting yard, and facilities for fabrication of specimens. The first bay has a structural testing strong floor with loading frame capacity of 2000 kN. There are testing machines with capacities up to 6000 kN in compression and high and low frequency pulsators for fatigue tests. The second bay has a strong wall and floor system with 1000 kN computer controlled actuators for pseudo-dynamic tests. In addition, there are relaxation and smart materials testing facilities.

  • Computer Aided Analysis: Adaptive FEM; FEA of Shear Deformable Beam, Plates and Shells; Finite Strip Method for analysis of Multi-Layered FRP members; Material Nonlinearity; Curved Beams; Impact Loads; Crack Growth in RC Beams; Parallel & Distributed Computing; Layered Axisymmetric Structures.
  • Computer Aided Design: Genetic Algorithms (GA) for optimum design of Framed Structures; GA for Optimisation in General Purpose FEA pakages; Optimum Design of FRP Box Girder Bridges; Reliability Based Tower Optimisation; Reliability Based Inspection Stratergy for Fixed Offshore Platforms and Steel Railway Bridges; Knowledge Based Expert Systems (KBES) for multistoreyed RC Office Biulding Design and Construction Resource Scheduling; RC Slab Bridges.
  • Dynamics: Seismic Behaviour of Lightly Reinforced RC Frames; Soil Structure Interaction; Liquid Storage Tanks under seismic load; Low Energy Impact ; Blast Loading; Cyclone risk assesment; Stochastic Nonlinear Dynamics of Guyed Towers; Laced RC Beams under Static and Cyclic Loading; Compliant Platform near Surface Kinematics.
  • Buckling: Thin Walled Layered Advanced Composite Members; Latticed Systems in Transmission Line Towers; Interactive Local Torsional Flexure Buckling; Core Loaded Sleeved Coloumn Systems; Multi-Layered FRP Shell and Shell Junction, Spaced Frames.
  • Structural Systems: Prestressed Concrete Skewed, Curved, Segmented Bridges; Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of Concrete -Bridges; PSC Containment; Behaviour of RC/PSC under Tension; FRP Reinforcements; Concrete Beams with Cutouts under Combined Bending and Torsion.


Faculty members of Structural Engineering contribute to social and industrial development of the country by engaging in various challenging projects through industrial consultancy to provide solutions to practical problems. Some common consultancy projects are related to analysis, design and optimization of buildings, bridges and other industrial structures.