Building Technology, Construction Materials & Management (BTCM) Group

Department of Civil Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu, India

Radhakrishna G Pillai Main

Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai

 
BSB 216A, Dept. of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - TN 600036, India
pillai@civil.iitm.ac.in +91 44 2257 4303
Dr. Radhakrishna G. Pillai  earned a bachelor degree in civil engineering from the M N Regional Engineering College (now MNNIT) in Allahabad, India. He then went on to earn an MS and PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, USA, where he became passionate about combating corrosion in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. In September 2010, he joined IIT Madras, where he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, including NPTEL MOOC courses, in the areas of construction materials, concrete technology, and corrosion, deterioration, repair, and rehabilitation of concrete structures. He has guided eight PhD and five MS students and is currently guiding six PhD and one MS student. He is currently running various projects focusing on steel corrosion and its impact on the durability and service life of concrete structures. In particular, he is focused on developing corrosion test methods, databases, and tools for practicing engineers to promote service life-based design of concrete structures. Recently, he has been extending his research towards cathodic protection and the extension of the residual service life of concrete structures. Most of his projects focus on understanding the fundamentals and applying them to practical challenges and modifying standards and specifications. He has co-authored over 60 journal papers and filed three patents, one of which has been granted. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer Award from the Indian Concrete Institute, Tamil Nadu Chapter. In 2019, he received the Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award from the NACE International Gateway India Section. He is also active in the Indian Concrete Institute (ICI), Association of Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP, formerly NACE), and The International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures (RILEM). He is committed to developing technologies to 'combat corrosion of steel in concrete and estimate & extend the service life of concrete structures.  
Saving Structures from Corrosion

Earned Degrees



B.E. in Civil Engineering, 1999
Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College (now MN, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India


Awards and Honours

Excellence in Corrosion Science & Technology Award, NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019

Excellent Public Sector Laboratory (as part of the group of corrosion laboratories in IIT Madras), NIGIS Corrosion Awareness Awards, 2019

ICI Ultratech Award for Outstanding Young Concrete Engineer, Indian Concrete Institute, Tamil Nadu Chennai Centre, 2016

Former Students Association Scholarship, TAMU, Spring, 2009

Richard Gehle Memorial Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Fall, 2006

Departmental Merit Scholarship, Zachry Dept. of Civil Engg., TAMU, Spring, 2006

Research Areas

 Development of corrosion test methods
 Condition assessment and service life estimation of concrete structures
 Cathodic protection of concrete structures
 Deterioration of bond in prestressed concrete systems
 Grouting of post-tensioned systems

Professional Experiences

 Nov 2022 – Present : Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 July. 2017 – Oct. 2022 : Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 Sep. 2010 – July. 2017 : Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India
 Oct.2009 – Aug. 2010 : Post-doctoral Scholar, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
 Jun. 2009 – Oct. 2009 : Post-doctoral Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Sep. 2008 – Jan. 2009 : Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
 Jan.2004 – Aug. 2008 : Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Jul. 2003 – Jan. 2004 : Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, Texas
 Dec. 2000 – Jun. 2003 : Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, College Station, Texas

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