Dr.Manu Santhanam

Dr.Manu Santhanam
Professor
Phone: +91-44-22574283
Email: manus@iitm.ac.in

Education
  • B.Tech. in Civil Engg., IIT MadrasIndia (1994)
  • M.S., Purdue University, USA (1996)
  • Ph.D, Purdue University, USA (2001)
Professional Experience
  • Professor, IIT Madras, July 2013 – present
  • Associate Professor, IIT Madras, March 2009 – July 2013
  • Assistant Professor, IIT Madras, January 2003 – March 2009
  • Visiting Faculty, IIT Madras, October 2001 – January 2003
  • Instructor, Purdue University, May – August 2001
  • Senior R&D Chemist, Sika Corporation, USA, May 1996 – November 1998
Research Interests

1. Supplementary cementing materials for concrete

2. Microstructural characterization of concrete deterioration

3. Evolving performance specifications for concrete construction

Recent Publications
  • Prakash Nanthagopalan and Manu Santhanam, “An Empirical Approach for the Optimisation of Aggregate Combinations for Self-Compacting Concrete,” Materials and Structures, Vol. 45, 2012, pp. 1167 – 1179.
  • S. Divya Rani and Manu Santhanam, “Influence of Moderately Elevated Temperatures on Engineering Properties of Concrete used for Nuclear Reactor Vaults”, Cement and Concrete Composites, Vol. 34, No. 9, 2012, pp. 917 – 923.
  • N. Shajil, S. M. Srinivasan, and M. Santhanam, “Self-centering of shape memory alloy fiber reinforced cement mortar members subjected to strong cyclic loading,” Materials and Structures, Vol. 46, No. 4, 2013, pp. 651 – 661.
  • S. Ramalingam and M. Santhanam, “Environmental Exposure Classifications for Concrete Construction – A Relook,” Indian Concrete Journal Vol. 86, No. 5, 2012, pp. 18 – 28.
  • K. Mohammed Haneefa, M. Santhanam, and F C Parida, “Review of Concrete Performance at Elevated Temperature and Hot Sodium Exposure Applications in Nuclear Industry,” Nuclear Engineering and Design 258, 2013, pp. 76– 88.
  • S. Divya Rani, M. Santhanam, V. Venkatachalapathy, and C. Sivathanupillai, “Permissible Temperature in Fast Reactor Vault Concrete,” Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 87, No. 2, 2013, pp. 11 – 20.
  • G. Prasath and M. Santhanam, “Experimental Investigations on Heat Evolution During Hydration of Cementitious Materials in Concrete using Adiabatic Calorimetry,” Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 87, No. 5, 2013, pp. 19 – 28.
  • Santhosh G Cheriyan and M. Santhanam, “Demystifying durability testing for Indian concrete construction industry,” Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 87, No. 7, 2013, pp. 18 – 34.
  • B S Dhanya and M. Santhanam, “Performance Specifications for Concrete Construction in India – Are We Ready,” Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 87, No. 9, 2013, pp. 36 – 43.
  • Sanish K. B., Narayanan Neithalath, and Manu Santhanam, “Monitoring the Evolution of Material Structure in Cement Pastes and Concretes Using Electrical Measurements,” Construction and Building Materials 49, 2013, pp. 288 – 297.
  • K. Mohammed Haneefa, M. Santhanam, and F C Parida, “Performance characterization of geopolymer composites for hot sodium exposed sacrificial layer in fast breeder reactors,” Nuclear Engineering and Design 265, 2013, pp. 542 – 553.
  • K. Mohammed Haneefa, M. Santhanam, R. Ramasamy, and F C Parida, “Hot sodium-triggered thermo-chemical degradation of concrete aggregates in the sodium resistant sacrificial layers of fast breeder reactors,” Nuclear Engineering and Design 265, 2013, pp. 654 – 667
Research and Consultancy
No.
Title
Sponsoring agency
Duration and cost
Sponsored Projects
1
Damage Assessment in High Performance Concrete
IIT Madras
Nov 2003 – Oct 2005
Rs. 4,76,000/-
2
Study of design and performance of Self Compacting Concrete
DST (Fast Track Award)
Jun 2003 – Sep 2006
Rs. 3,60,000/-
3
Strength and durability studies of laterite as an alternative building material – strategies to conserve world heritage monuments in laterite
(As Co-Investigator)
MHRD (Thrust Areas in Technical Education)
Dec 2003 – Dec 2005
Rs. 10,00,000/-
4
Heat Evolution in High Performance Concrete and Its Effects on Long-Term Durability
DST (Indo -South African Joint Project)
July 2004 – July 2007
Rs. 7,67,000/-
5
Long Term Effects of Acceleration of Strength gain in Concrete
AICTE (Career Award for Young Teachers)
Jan 2006 – Jan 2009
Rs. 10,50,000/-
6
Characterization of structural wall concrete used in fast reactors for structural / shielding purposes
IGCAR
Apr 2006 – Feb 2009
Rs. 16,74,000/-
7
Investigation of compatibility issues between Indian cements and water-reducing chemical admixtures
DST
Apr 2007 – Dec 2010
Rs. 39,10,000/-
8
Studies on Permissible Temperature in FBR Vault Concrete
IGCAR
Sep 2008 – Sep 2010
Rs. 24,60,000/-
9
Development of stabilized compacted soil blocks for rural housing; Residential Construction with Stabilized Compacted Soil Blocks – A Feasibility Study
Rural Technology Action Group
Oct 2005 – Dec 2007
Mar 2011 – Mar 2012
Rs. 3,56,000/-
10
Advanced material characterization techniques
(at EPFL, Switzerland)
DST BOYSCAST Fellowship
Mar 2007 – Dec 2007
Rs. 9,82,000/-
11
Performance Testing and Evaluation of Sodium Resistant Concretes
IGCAR
Dec 2009 – Dec 2011
Rs. 33,00,000/-
12
Laboratory for the study of long term performance of concrete
(As Co-investigator)
Lafarge
Feb 2011 – Feb 2014
Rs. 93,87,000/-
13
Development of Performance Specifications for Concrete Construction in India
DST
May 2012 – May 2016
Rs. 50,00,000/-
Major Consulting Projects
1
Investigations on RCC Chimneys
Various
6 months
Rs. 7,20,000/-
2
Development of metakaolin as cement replacement material
English India Clays Limited
2 years
Rs. 7,20,000/-
3
Development of polycarboxylate superplasticizers
Clariant Produkte, Germany
2 years
EUR 29100
4
Chennai Airport Mix Design and Quality Control
CCCL, AAI
2 years
Rs. 9,25,000/-
5
Performance Evaluation of Ultrafine Slag for Concrete
(As Co-Investigator)
Ambuja Cements Ltd.
12 months
Rs. 16,54,500/-
6
Study of Concrete Durability Under Different Environmental Conditions
(As Co-investigator)
Lafarge
4 years
Rs. 23,00,000/-
7
Performance evaluation of superplasticizers
Sika AG, Switzerland
12 months
CHF 29000
Student Guidance
No.
Scholar Name
MS / PhD
Topic
Status
1
A. K. Kasthurba
PhD
Characterization of Kerala Laterite and Study of Weathering Mechanisms
Co-guide: Prof. M. S. Mathews
Completed
2006
2
C. Ramesh Babu
PhD
Long Term Effects of Acceleration of Strength Gain in Concrete
Completed 2008
3
A. Sivakumar
PhD
Influence of Hybrid Fibre Combinations on Toughness and Early Age Shrinkage of High Performance Concrete
Completed
2007
4
N. Prakash
PhD
Rational Mixture Design of Self-Compacting Concrete
Completed 2009
5
R. Sathia
PhD
Investigation of Geopolymer Concrete
Co-guide: Prof. K. Ganesh Babu, Ocean Engg.
Completed 2011
6
N. Shajil
PhD
Smart Concrete for Structural Applications
Co-guide: Prof. M. S. Sivakumar, Applied Mechanics
Completed 2013
7
S. Ashok Kumar
MS
Study of Damage in Concrete Using Non-Destructive Investigations
Completed
2007
8
B. Srinath
MS
Evaluation of fresh concrete using Non-Destructive Investigations
Co-guide: Prof. K. Ganesh Babu, Ocean Engg.
Completed
2007
9
G. Rakesh
MS
Evaluation of Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures for Concrete
Co-guide: Prof. Ravindra Gettu
Completed 2010
10
S. Divya Rani
MS
Studies on Permissible Temperature in FBR Vault Concrete
Completed 2012
11
B. Sanish
MS
Monitoring concrete properties using impedance spectroscopy and ultrasonic methods
Completed 2013
12
Mohammed Haneefa
PhD
Microstructural evaluation of liquid sodium – concrete interaction
Ongoing (started Jan 2010)
13
N. Srinivasan
MS
Lab and field based methods to assess durability performance of concrete
Co-guide: Dr. Radhakrishna Pillai
Ongoing (started Aug 2010)
14
Bahurudeen
PhD
Sustainable Use of Alternative Materials in Concrete
Ongoing (started Jan 2011)
15
Dhanya B S
PhD
Evolving Performance Specifications for Concrete in India
Ongoing (started Jul 2011)
16
Murugan M
PhD
Nanotechnology applications in concrete
Ongoing (started Jul 2012)
17
M S Hemalatha
PhD
Evaluation of reactivity of mineral admixtures
Ongoing (started Jan 2012)
Courses

Under-Graduate

  • Building Materials and Construction
  • Concrete Technology
  • Building Drawing
  • Engineering Drawing

Graduate

  • Modern Construction Materials
  • Advanced Concrete Technology
  • Characterization of Construction Materials

 

Please visit http://www.theconcreteportal.com for Concrete Technology concepts

Continuing Education
  1. Jan 2003 – 2 day course on Concrete Mixture Proportioning, with Prof. K. Ramamurthy
  2. Jul 2004 – 5 day AICTE-STTP on Advances in Construction Materials Technology, with Prof. K. Ramamurthy
  3. Dec 2006 – 5 day AICTE-STTP on Special Concretes, with Prof. Ravindra Gettu
  4. Jan 2008 – 5 day AICTE-STTP cum RILEM Doctoral Course on Durability and its Implications on Reinforced Concrete Design, with Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Prof. Mark Alexander and Prof. Yunus Ballim, IIT Madras.
  5. Sep 2009 – National Seminar on Corrosion of Steel in Reinforced Concrete, with Indian Concrete Institute, IIT Madras.
  6. Apr 2010 – National Workshop on Issues of Compatibility between Cement and Chemical Admixtures in Concrete, with Prof. Ravindra Gettu, IIT Madras.
  7. Aug 2011 – National Workshop on Precast Concrete Buildings in India, with Indian Concrete Institute
  8. Sep 2011 – National Seminar on Durability, Service Life, and Performance Specifications for Concrete, CEP IIT Madras
  9. Dec 2011 – 4 day Workshop on Characterization of Construction Materials, at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia