Dr.Devdas Menon

Dr. Devdas Menon
Phone: +91-44-22574253
Email: dmenon@iitm.ac.in

IITM Scholar profile page

  • Ph.D. (1991-1994), IIT Madras (Thesis: Reliability of wind-resistant design of RC chimneys)
  • M.Tech. (1981-1983), IIT Delhi; M.S. (1986-’89), Univ. ofCalicut;
  • B Tech (1975-1980) , IIT Madras, 1990
Professional Experience
  • Sept 1998 to present: Faculty at IIT Madras
  • June 1985 to Aug 1998: Faculty at NIT Calicut
  • July 1983 to May 1985: Structural Consultant with M/s MPP Consultants, Noida
  • May 1980 to June 1983: Structural Design Engineer with M/s Span Consultants, New Delhi
Research Interests
  • Reinforced and pre-stressed concrete design
  • Structural reliability
  • Structural analysis, dynamics and stability
  • Bridge engineering
  • Wind and earthquake engineering
  • Retrofit of structures
Recent Publications
  • Phanisri P. Pratapa and Devdas Menon, “Optimal design of cylindrical reinforced concrete water tanks”, Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 85, No. 2, pp 19-25, February 2011.
  • Devdas Menon, K V Sivaraman and Maganti Janardhana, “Improved codal recommendations for design of RC dog-legged stairs supported on transverse landing edges”, Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 37, No. 5, pp 342-346, Dec. 2010 – Jan. 2011.
  • Robin Davis, Devdas Menon and Meher Prasad, “Earthquake-resistant design of open ground storey RC framed buildings”, Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp 117-124, June-July 2010.
  • Pradip Sarkar, A Meher Prasad and Devdas Menon, “Vertical geometric irregularity in stepped building frames”, Engineering Structures, Vol. 32, April 2010, pp 2175-2182.
  • S U Pillai and Devdas Menon, “Reinforced Concrete Design”, Third edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi, 962 pages, 2009 (first edition, 1998).
  • Devdas Menon, “Advanced Structural Analysis”, Narosa Publishing House (and Alpha Science International), 700 pages, 2009.
  • P Revathi and Devdas Menon, “Assessment of flexural strength of slender RC rectangular beams”, Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 83, No. 5, pp 15-24, May 2009.
  • Pradip Sarkar, Maidhily Govind and Devdas Menon, “Estimation of short-term deflection in two-way RC slab”, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol. 31, No. 2, February 2009.
  • P Harikrishna, N Lakshmanan and Devdas Menon, “Evaluation of force coefficients of 2-D square cyliner using unsteady nonlinear k- model”, Journal of Wind & Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp 41-44, January 2009.
  • Devdas Menon, “Structural Analysis”, Narosa Publishing House (and Alpha Science International), 1232 pages, 2008.
  • Chakrabarti, Devdas Menon and Amlan K Sengupta (Editors), “Handbook on Seismic Retrofit of Buildings”, Narosa Publishing House (and Alpha Science International), 471 pages, 2008.
  • Amlan Sengupta and Devdas Menon, “Seismic retrofit strategies of buildings”, Journal of Structural Engineering, SERC, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp 271-278, October-November 2008.
  • Maidhily Govind, Pradip Sarkar and Devdas Menon, “Short-term deflections in two-way RC slabs using deflection coefficients”, Journal of Structural Engineering, SERC, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp 247-254, October-November 2008.
  • Babu Kurian and Devdas Menon, “Transverse bending analysis of concrete box-girder bridges with flange overhangs”, Journal of Structural Engineering, SERC, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp 173-179, August-September 2008.
  • Amlan K Sengupta and Devdas Menon, “A handbook on seismic retrofit of buildings”, The Masterbuilder, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp 92-103, June 2008.
  • Shinto Paul and Devdas Menon, “Improvement of IS 1343 procedure for estimation of ultimate moment capacity of PSC sections with bonded tendons”, Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 82, No. 5, pp 16-24, May 2008.
  • A Meher Prasad and Devdas Menon, “Earthquake resistant design, practice and research in India”, The Structural Engineer, Vol. 86, No. 6, pp 22-25, March 2008.
  • Arnab K Bhattacharya, Devdas Menon and K Rajeevan, “Optimal design of precast pipe racks”, Indian Concrete Journal, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp 21-28, March 2008.
Research and Consultancy

Details of major sponsored research projects

  •  Development of Low-cost Indigenous Structural Systems using Coconut Shell Composites, 1986–87,D.S.T.
  • Assessment of New Building Materials Technology in India,1994–95, AICTE
  • Development of External Fixators for Bone Fracture Repair,1996–98, AICTE
  • Development of External Tibial Fixators in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, 1996–98, DST
  • Developing a Biomechanics Laboratory (at REC Calicut), 1998–99, MHRD
  • Development of Indigenous Devices in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, 1998-00, STED
  • Development of Improved Codal Recommendations for Design of RC Stairs, 1998–99, IC&SR, IIT Madras
  • A.P. Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Cyclone Recovery Project,1999-01, Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Structural Design of Reactor Vault for PFBR, 2001-02, GCAR
  • Seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing multi-storey buildings, 2002-04, DST
  • Development of precast concrete sections and joints for use in tower structures, 2002-03, Concrete Products & Constn Co.
    Details of major consultancy projects:
  • Structural design of Compressor Plant at Dharuhera, Haryana, 1984, Utility Engineers India Ltd.
  • Structural design of Machine Tools Plant, Dehradun,
    1984- 85, Kareyn Precision Machines
  • Design of campus buildings at HAL Kanpur,1984- 85, HAL Kanpur
  • Structural design of Indoor Stadium, Cochin, 1986–87,
    Greater Cochin Dev. Authority
  • Design of Corporation Complex, Calicut, 1994–95, Corporation of Calicut
  • Structural design of Sports Complex, Palai, 1995–96, Kerala PWD
  • Testing of structural soundness of Horton’s sphere supporting structure, 1998–99, Zuari Industries, Goa
  • Design of foundation for horizontal boring machine, 1999, KCP Limited, Chennai
  • Design of prestressed concrete railtrack sleepers, 1999, Mysore Structurals, Bangalore
  • Rehabilitation and rectification of concrete structures in distress,  2000, HPCL Refinery, Vizag
  • Structural design of bridge across River Pamba at Thakazhi, 2000, Kerala State Construction Company
  • Structural audit of terminal building at Chennai domestic airport, 2000, Airport Authority of India
  • Inspection of Damage to Lighthouses in Gujarat,  2001, Dept of Lighthouses
  • Casting, erecting and testing of 15m span segmentally cast bridge girder, 2001, Larsen & Toubro
  • Design of elevated loading platform and anchor bent for LNG Jetty at Dahej, 2001, Hochtief India Ltd
  • Assessment of damages to the structures at STB, 2001-02, Cochin Port Trust
  • Dynamic fatigue test on composite sleepers, 2002, Patil Industries
  • Fatigue test on fly-ash concrete sleepers, 2002, Rayalseema Concrete Sleepers
  • Proof-checking of road over-bridge for NHAI Salem-Madurai section, 2002-03,  L&T-Ramboll
  • Structural design of lighthouse towers, 2002-03, Department of Lighthouses
  • Dynamic load test on ISMAL 12/13 tendon anchorage system, 2002, Usha Martin Industries
  • Foundation and superstructure design of radar towers in Gujarat, 2002-03, Department of Lighthouses
  • Study of structural design and retrofit of CWST of 168.1 MW AESK Plant at Colombo, 2002-03, Larsen & Toubro
  • Certification for fourteen software modules of design programs, 2002-03, Larsen & Toubro
  • Preparation of structural engg design and construction manual for Gypcrete/Rapidwall buildings, 2002-03, Gypcrete India Ltd
  • Dynamic Testing of FRP Sleepers, 2002-03,  Micron Industries
  • Fastening repeated uplift and tie-pad tests on sleepers for Bangladesh Railway, 2003, ISCO Sleepers Ltd
  • Proof-checking of A.P. industrial pavilion at Pragati Maidan, Delhi, 2003,
  • Proof-checking of design of Army Sports Institute, Pune, 2003
  • Safety audit of Chennai Airport: strengthening of roof, 2003, Airports Authority


Student Guidance

Current M.S. thesis guidance:

  • Jyothi Krishnan, “Reliability Analysis and Design of Transmission Line Towers”; Co-Guide: Dr. V. Kalyanaraman
  • N. S. Susmitha Kopparti, “Seismic Retrofit of RC Beam-Column Joints using GFRP Fabric”; Co-Guide: Dr. P. Alagusundaramoorthy
  • Maidhily Govind, “Estimation of Deflections and Crack Widths in Two Way RC Slabs”

Current Ph.D. thesis guidance:

  • Sakey Shamu, “Experimental and Theoretical Studies on Reinforced Concrete Beams using Fracture Mechanics Concepts”; Co-Guide: Dr. C. Lakshmana Rao
  • Srinivas Sriramula, “Reliability of Concrete Bridges”; Co-Guide: Dr. A. Meher Prasad
  • Babu Kurian, “Behaviour of Box-Girder Bridges”
  • P Revathy, “Behaviour of RC Slender members subject to Predominant Flexure”
  • Pradeep Sarkar, “Seismic Behaviour of Asymmetric RC Framed Structures”; Co-Guide: Dr. A. Meher Prasad
  • Robin Davis, “Performance-Based Methodologies for RC Structural Systems under Seismic Loading”; Co-Guide: Dr. A. Meher Prasad
  • R.L. Sreenivasa, “Behaviour and Design Basis for R.C Walls”
  • P. Harikrishna, “Wind induced interference effects on prismatic structures”; Co-Guide: Dr. C. Lakshmana Rao

Past M.S. thesis guidance:

  • K. V. Sivaraman, “RC stairs supported on landing edges – elastic behaviour, analysis and design”, 2001
  • K. Krishnan Nair, “Reliability analysis of RC structural components with stochastic modelling of load combinations”, 2002; Co-Guide: Dr. A Meher Prasad
  • Sourav Acharya, “Assessment of radial stress due to prestressing in singly curved PSC shells”, 2002; Co-Guide: Dr. K. Ramamurthy
  • Archana Gouthaman, “Design basis for RC water tank elements”, 2003
  • Sanjay Kumar Nayak, “Deflections and crack-widths in RC slabs”, 2004

Past Ph.D. thesis guidance:

  • G Kumaran, “Development of Improved Design Basis for Prestressed Concrete Railtrack Sleepers”, 2003
    • Advanced Theory & Design of Concrete Structures
    • Design of Concrete
    • Structures
    • Advanced Structural Analysis
    • Structural Analysis
    • Bridge Engineering
    • Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering
    • Stochastic Processes in Structural Mechanics
Continuing Education