Dr. Ravindra Gettu

Dr. Ravindra Gettu
Phone: +91-44-22574266
Email: gettu@iitm.ac.in

  • B.E. (Honours) in Civil Engg., University of MadrasIndia (1984)
  • M.S., Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA (1986)
  • Ph.D, Northwestern University, EvanstonUSA (1992)
Professional Experience
  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Since December 2004).
  • Director, Structural Technology Laboratory, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, 1993-2004.
  • Research Faculty Member, Department of Construction Engng., UPC, Barcelona, Spain, 2003-04.
  • Senior Researcher, UPC, Barcelona, Spain, 1990-2002.
  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of Constr. Engineering, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 1994-96.
  • Visiting Scientist, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 1990-91.
  • Research Assistant, Northwestern University (USA), 1987-90.
  • Walter P. Murphy Graduate Fellow, Northwestern University (USA), 1986-87.
  • Teaching Assistant, Marquette University (USA), 1984-86
Research Interests
  • Effective use of superplasticizers in concrete
  • Behaviour of concrete with shrinkage reducing admixtures
  • Characterization and application of self compacting concrete
Recent Publications
  • C. Jayasree, Manu Santhanam and R. Gettu, “Cement-Superplasticizer Compatibility – Issues and challenges”, The Indian Concr. J., V. 85, No. 7, pp. 48-60 (2011).
  • C. Jayasree, J. Murali Krishnan and R. Gettu, “Influence of Superplasticizer on the Non-Newtonian Characteristics of Cement Paste”, Mater. Struct., V. 44, No. 5, pp. 929-943 (2011).
  • S. Bhaskar, B.H. Bharatkumar, R. Gettu and M. Neelamegam, “Effect of Corrosion on the Bond Behaviour of OPC and PPC Concretes”, Journal of Structural Engineering, V. 37, No. 01, pp. 37-42 (2010).
  • C. Jayasree and R. Gettu, “Correlating Properties of Superplasticized Paste, Mortar and Concrete”, Indian Concr. J., V. 84, No. 7, pp. 7-18 (2010).
  • M. Santhanam, V. Venkatachalapathy, C. Sivathanupillai and R. Gettu, “Mechanical Properties of High Density Concrete Used in Fast Reactors for Structural and Shielding Purposes”, Journal of the Institution of Engineers (India), V. 91, pp. 15-22 (2010).
  • R. Zerbino, B. Barragán, T. Garcia, L. Agulló and R. Gettu, “Workability Tests and Rheological Parameters in Self-Compacting Concrete”, Mater. Struct., V. 42, pp. 947-960 (2009).
  • R. Gettu, S.N. Shareef and K.J.D. Ernest, “Evaluation of the robustness of SCC”, Indian Concr. J., V. 83, No. 6, pp. 13-19 (2009).
  • J. Mora-Ruacho, R. Gettu and A. Aguado, “Influence of Shrinkage-Reducing Admixtures on the Reduction of Plastic Shrinkage Cracking in Concrete”, Cem. Concr. Res., V. 39, 141-146 (2009).
  • J. Turmo, N. Banthia, R. Gettu and B. Barragán, “Study of the Shear Behaviour of Fibre Reinforced Concrete Beams” (in English and Spanish), Materiales de Construcción (Spain), V. 58, No. 292, pp. 5-13 (2008).
  • C. Jayasree and R. Gettu, “Experimental Study of the Flow Behaviour of Superplasticized Cement Paste”, Mater. Struct., V. 41, pp. 1581-1593 (2008).
  • J.L.A.O. Sousa and R. Gettu, “Determining the Tensile Stress-Crack Opening Curve of Concrete by Inverse Analysis”, J. Engng. Mech, V. 132, No. 2, pp. 141-148 (2006).
  • R.L. Zerbino, G. Giaccio and R. Gettu, “Pseudo-ductile Behaviour of Steel Fibre Reinforced High-Strength Concretes”, Indian Concrete J., V. 80, No. 2, pp. 37-43 (2006).
  • B. Barragán, R. Gettu, L. Agulló and L. Zerbino, “Shear Failure of Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Based on Push-Off Tests”, ACI Materials J., V. 103, No. 4, pp. 251-257 (2006).
  • R.Gettu, B.Barragan, T. Garcia, J. Ortiz and R. Justa, “Fiber concrete tunnel lining”, Concrete International (ACI), V. 28, No. 8, pp. 63-69 (2006).
  • J.M. Sena Cruz, J.A.O. Barros, R.Gettu and A.F.M. Azevedo, “Bond behaviour of near surface mounted CFRP laminate strips under monotonic and cyclic loading”, J.Composites for Construction(ASCE), V.10, No.4, pp.295-303 (2006).
  • S. Carmona, R. Fernández, A. Aguado And R. Gettu, “Simplified Calculation of the Splitting-Tensile Strength of Concrete Using the Strut-and-Tie Method” (in Spanish), Hormigón y Acero, No. 242, pp. 65-74 (2006).
  • R. Gettu, D.R. Gardner, H. Saldívar and B.E. Barragán, “Study of the Distribution and Orientation of Fibers in SFRC Specimens”, Mater. Struct., V. 38, pp. 31-37 (2005).
  • R. Gettu, T. Garcia, C. Bernad and H. Collie, “Utilización de hormigón autocompactable en elementos prefabricados”, Cemento-Hormigón (Madrid, Spain), No. 874, pp. 58-67 (2005).
  • B.E. Barragán, R. Gettu, R.L. Zerbino, M. Bravo, C.J. de la Cruz and L. Agulló, “Fabricación de elementos de hormigón autocompactable con árido visto”, Cemento-Hormigón (Madrid, Spain), No. 880, pp. 38-45 (2005).
  • R. Gettu and L. Agulló, “Estado del arte del hormigón autocompactable y su caracterización. (Parte I)”, Cemento-Hormigón (Madrid, Spain), No. 861, pp. 50-67 (2004).
  • R. Gettu and L. Agulló, “Estado del arte del hormigón autocompactable y su caracterización. (Parte II)”, Cemento-Hormigón (Madrid, Spain), No. 862, pp. 32-55 (2004).
  • J.R. Casas and R. Gettu, “Estudio experimental sobre la monitorización continua y a largo plazo de estructuras”, Hormigón y Acero, No. 233, pp. 37-45 (2004).
  • R. Gettu, B.E. Barragán, G. Ramos and F. Capilla, “Recientes avances en la caracterización del hormigón reforzado con fibras de acero”, Hormigón y Acero, No. 233, pp. 129-143 (2004).
  • R. Gettu, G. Ramos, T. García, B. Barragán, C. Fernández and R. Oliver, “Estudio experimental del hormigón reforzado con fibras para uno de los tramos del túnel de la Línea 9 del Metro de Barcelona”, Cemento-Hormigón, No. 866, pp. 52-67 (2004).
  • C. Aire, R. Gettu and J.T. Casas, “Comportamiento del hormigón bajo compresión triaxial”, Cemento-Hormigón, No. 868, pp. 52-63 (2004).
  • P.C.C. Gomes, R. Gettu and L. Agulló, “Self-Compacting Concrete: Properties and methods of characterization” (in Spanish), Hormigón y Acero (Madrid, Spain), No. 221-222, pp. 27-37 (2003).
  • B.E. Barragán, R. Gettu, R.L. Zerbino and M.A. Martín, “The Uniaxial Tensile Test for Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete” (in Spanish), Hormigón y Acero (Madrid, Spain), No. 221-222, pp. 125-134 (2003).
  • R.L. Zerbino, R. Gettu, L. Agulló and A. Aguado, “Criterios y alternativas para la evaluación de la tenacidad en hormigones con fibras de acero”, Revista de Obras Públicas (Madrid, Spain), No. 3435, pp. 23-30 (2003).
  • B.E. Barragán, R. Gettu, M.A. Martín and R.L. Zerbino, “Uniaxial Tension Test for Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete – A parametric study”, Cem. Concr. Composites, V. 25, No. 7, pp. 767-777 (2003).
  • J. Mora, A. Aguado and R. Gettu, “The Influence of Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures on Plastic Shrinkage”, Materiales de Construcción (Madrid, Spain), V. 53, No. 271-272, pp. 71-80 (2003).
  • B.I.G. Barr, M.K. Lee, B. Barragán, D. Dupont, R. Gettu, J.F. Olesen, H. Stang and L. Vandewalle, “Round-Robin Analysis of the RILEM TC 162-TDF Uni-Axial Tensile Test: Part 1, Test Method Evaluation”, Mater. Struct., V. 36, pp. 265-274 (2003).
  • B.I.G. Barr, M.K. Lee, B. Barragán, D. Dupont, R. Gettu, J.F. Olesen, H. Stang and L. Vandewalle, “Round-Robin Analysis of the RILEM TC 162-TDF Uni-Axial Tensile Test: Part 2, Fibre Distribution”, Mater. Struct., V. 36, pp. 275-280 (2003).
  • V.O. García-Alvarez, G. Giaccio, R. Zerbino and R. Gettu, “Influencia del tipo de árido grueso sobre el mecanismo de fractura en hormigones normales y de alta resistencia”, Cemento-Hormigón (Madrid, Spain), No. 857, pp. 40-54 (2003).
Research and Consultancy

Ongoing Consultancy Projects

  • Development of low cost self compacting concrete, Sponsor: Degussa (Italy), Investigators: Dr. Ravindra Gettu, Dr. Manu Santhanam. Duration: 2005-2008.
  • Investigation of compatibility issues between Indian cements and water-reducing admixtures, Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (CIE/06-07/128/DSTX/MANU), 2007-2010.

National Sponsored Project

  • Study of the interaction between chemical admixtures and the other components in a cement-based material, and its technological implications, Sponsor: IIT Madras, Investigators: Dr. Ravindra Gettu, Duration: 2005-2008
  • Mud blocks for low cost housing, Sponsor: Rural Technology Action Group Cell, IIT Madras Investigators: Dr. Manu Santhanam, Dr. Ravindra Gettu, Dr. S.R. Gandhi. Duration: 2005-2006.
  • Characterization of structural wall concrete used in fast reactors for structural/shielding purposes, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (CIE/06-07/112/IGCA/MANU), 2006-2007.
  • Development of Clean-Crete –A self-cleaning concrete, Funded by IIT Madras (ISP/06-07/011/ICSR/RAVG), 2006-2007.
  • Investigation of compatibility issues between Indian cements and water-reducing admixtures, Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India (CIE/06-07/128/DSTX/MANU), 2007-2010.
  • Development of economical and easy-to-use water quality test kits for rural areas and training the trainers, Funded by IIT Madras (CIE/07-08/134/SRPX/LIGY), 2007-2008.
Student Guidance

Current Ph. D Guidance

  • Sangoju Bhaskar, Effect of admixtures on durability of concrete
  • Elson John, Interaction between cement and chemical admixtures
  • Smitha Gopinath, Experimental and Analytical studies on Strengthened beam-column joint
  • Sunitha K Nayar, Design of fiber reinforced concrete pavements and slab-on-grade
  • Vineetha N R, Seismic response of hybrid buildings.
  • Karmugil B, Developement of sustainable self compacting concrete
  • Sakthivel T, Creep and shrinkage of concrete with blended cements

Current M. S. Guidance

  • Ajay Krishnan, Study of cost effectiveness of cement based repair materials
  • Ramesh G, Cyclic behaviour of concrete elements strengthened with fibre reinforced polymer

Past Ph. D Guidance

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (Chennai, India)
  •  K. Narasimhulu, Characterization and evaluation of natural and calcined zeolite for their use in high performance concrete, 2007.
  • C. Jayasree, Optimization of high performance concrete
  • V. Ponmalar, Use of fibre reinforced polymers for strengthening
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Berenice M. TORALLES-CARBONARI, Parametric study of the variables and components related to the mix design and production of high strength concretes, 1996.
  • Gilberto CARBONARI, Short- and long-term mechanical behavior of high strength concrete, 1996.
  • Sergio CARMONA, Characterization of the fracture of concrete and reinforced concrete beams, 1997.
  • Victor O. GARCiA-ILVAREZ, Study of mixed mode fracture in quasi-brittle materials: Application to conventional and high strength concrete, 1997.
  • Hector SALDIVAR, Flexural toughness characterization of steel fiber reinforced concrete – Study of experimental methodologies and size effects, 1999.
  • Ernesto ZANGELMI, Characterization of the behavior of high performance concretes with and without steel fibers under uniaxial compression, 1999.
  • Joana RONCERO, Effect of superplasticizers on the behavior of concrete in the fresh and hardened states: Implications for high performance concretes, 2000.
  • Bryan E. BARRAGIN, Failure and toughness of steel fiber reinforced concrete under tension and shear, 2002.
  • JosE MORA, Study of restrained plastic shrinkage cracking in conventional and high performance concretes, 2002.
  • Carlos AIRE, Experimental study of behavior of confined concrete subjected to compression, 2002.
  • Paulo Cesar C. GOMES, Optimization and characterization of high-strength self-compacting concrete, 2002.
  • Claudia Jenny DE LA CRUZ, Thesis: Development and application of medium strength self compacting concrete, 2007
Continuing Education