Dr. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman

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Dr. Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman
Ph.D., M.EngSc. (Ireland), B.Sc.Eng (Bangladesh), MIEI (Ireland), FIEAust, CPEng, NER (Australia), FHEA (UK)
Professor
Department of Civil & Construction Engineering
 
Contact Details
Telephone: +60 85 630100 Extn: 2498
Fax: +60 85 443837
Location: Skylark 3 (SK3) Room 411
 
Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Construction Materials
  • Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Ground Improvement 
Background

Dr Muhammad joined Curtin Sarawak in 2010. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. His PhD focused on prediction of ground vibrations due to tunneling activities.  His research interests include sustainable construction materials, computational structural mechanics & ground improvement. Dr. Muhammad has served the industry in Dublin, Ireland for two and half years in the field of design and assessment of infrastructure elements and has supervised junior engineers. He has also worked as a part time lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland for one and half years.

He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He has also served as a technical reviewer for a number of journals in the field of civil engineering. In addition, he also served as external grant reviewer and external reviewer for the PhD thesis.

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
  • M.EngSc. in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professional Experience 

  • Head of Department, Civil & Construction Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2017 – Till date)
  • Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2019 – Till Date)
  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2014 – 2019)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2013 – 2014)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia (2010– 2012)
  • Structural & Geotechnical Engineer, Roughn O’ Donovan Consulting Engineers, Dublin, Ireland (2007 – 2009)
  • Lecturer (Part Time), Department of Civil Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland  (2005 – 2006)

Professional Affiliation 

  • Charted Professional Engineer, Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Fellow, Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust)
  • Member, Institute of Engineers Ireland (IEI)
  • Graduated Engineer, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

Awards 

  • Student Choice Award, Curtin University Malaysia (2012 & 2019)
  • IMM Green Materials Award, Institute of Materials Malaysia (2012)
  • Bronze award, International conference and Exhibition on Invention by Institution of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2017), Malaysia

Appointments

  • Head of Department, Civil & Construction Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science,  Curtin University Malaysia (2017 – Till date) 
  • Chairperson, Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) for Civil & Construction Engineering (2017 – Till date) 
  • Chairperson, Industry Advisory Panel, Civil & Construction Engineering (2017 – Till date) 
  • Program Coordinator, Civil & Construction Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science,  Curtin University Malaysia (2016 – 2017)
  • Head of Materials & Structures Research Cluster, Faculty of Engineering and Science,  Curtin University Malaysia (2016 – 2017)

Professional Activities

  • Track Chair, Civil Engineering, One Curtin Postgraduate Conference (OCPC2017, OCPC 2018)
  • Editor, CUTSE2012 & CUTSE2013 
  • Guest Editor, International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy (ICMTE 2017)
  • Reviewer of journals: Materials & Design, Journal of Cleaner Production, ASCE Civil Engineering Materials, Construction & Building Materials, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Building Engineering and Fibers & Polymer.

Subject Taught

  • Advanced Structural Modelling
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Advanced Concrete Design & Construction
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Integrated Structural Design
  • Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering
  • Steel Design
  • Civil Engineering Materials

Supervision

  • 1 Postdoc (Completed)
  • 6 Ph.D. (Completed), 3 Ph.D. (Ongoing)
  • 3 M.Phil (Completed)

Research Opportunities

  1. Sustainable Construction Materials
  2. Computational Structural Mechanics (Steel/Concrete elements)
  3. Ground Improvement

Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Timothy ZH Ting, Matthew ZY Ting, M E Rahman, V. Pakrashi, (2019), “Palm Oil Fuel Ash: Innovative Potential Applications as Sustainable Materials in Concrete”, In: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier Ltd, Netherlands.
  2. M E Rahman & B H Nagaratnam, (2019), “Performance of Mortar Grouts Incorporating Rice Husk Ash and Fly Ash”, in Recycled waste materials in concrete construction: emerging research and opportunities. IGI Global, USA.
  3. Timothy Z.H. Ting, Muhammad E. Rahman, Hieng H. Lau, Matthew Z.Y. Ting and Vikram Pakrashi. (2019), “Oil Palm Kernel Shell – A Potential Sustainable Construction Material”, In: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier Ltd, Netherlands.

Journals

  1. L Moussa, M E Rahman & S Barakat, (2019), “Behavior of polycal wire rope isolators subjected to large lateral deformations”, Engineering Structures 191 (2019) 117–128. [ISI Indexed]
  2. BH Nagaratnam, MA Mannan, M E Rahman, AK Mirasa, Alan Richardson, O. Nabinejad, (2019), “Strength and microstructural characteristics of palm oil fuel ash and fly ash as binary and ternary blends in Self-Compacting concrete”, Construction and Building Materials 202 (2019) 103–120. [ISI Indexed]
  3. Z.H. Ting, M.E. Rahman, H.H. Lau, M.Z.Y. Ting, (2019), “Recent development and perspective of lightweight aggregates based self-compacting concrete”, Construction and Building Materials 201 (2019) 763–777. [ISI Indexed]
  4. Michelle Tiong, Raoof Gholami, M. E. Rahman, (2019) “Cement degradation in CO2 storage sites: a review on potential applications of nanomaterials”, Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, 9 (1), 329-340. [SCOPUS-Indexed]
  5. TZH Ting, ME Rahman, HH Lau (2019), “Lightweight Self-compacting Concrete Incorporating Oil Palm Shell, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 495 (1), 012096. [SCOPUS-Indexed]
  6. TZH Ting, ME Rahman, HH Lau (2019), “Compressive Strength of OPS based Self-compacting Concrete Incorporated with Fly Ash under Elevated Temperature, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 495 (1), 012086. [SCOPUS-Indexed]
  7. M Tiong, R Gholami, ME Rahman, S Irawan (2019), “An approach to enhance the durability and mechanical properties of Class G cement using nano materials, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 495 (1), 012097. [SCOPUS-Indexed]
  8. YS Ting, N Khandoker, ME Rahman, S Islam, LH Ho, L Moussa (2019), “Lateral stiffness of polycal wire rope isolators–An experimental study, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 495 (1), 012087. [SCOPUS-Indexed]
  9. Nabinejad, D Sujan, M E Rahman, WYH Liew, Ian J Davies, (2018), “Mechanical and thermal characterization of polyester composite containing treated wood flour from Palm oil biomass”, Polymer Composites, Vol. 39(4), pp. 1200-1211. [ISI Indexed]
  10. Sadia Tasnim, M. E. Rahman, Raudhah Binti Ahmadi, (2018), “Mechanical performance of modified cement paste made with micro-fine POFA in ammonium nitrate environment”, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 162, pp 534–542. [ISI Indexed]
  11. E. Rahman, Phang Ji Ong, O. Nabinejad, Sumaiya Islam, Noman Khandoker, V. Pakrashi, Kazi Md Shorowordi (2018), “Utilization of Blended Waste Materials in Bricks”, Technologies, Vol 6, pp 20. [ISI Indexed]
  12. Nabinejad, D Sujan, M E Rahman, WYH Liew, Ian J Davies, (2018), “Hybrid Composite Using Natural Filler and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)”, Applied Composite Materials, DOI: 10.1007/s10443-017-9667-8. [ISI Indexed]
  13. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, Ian J. Davies (2017), “Effect of filler load on the curing behavior and mechanical and thermal performance of wood flour filled thermoset composites”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 164, pp 1145-1156. [ISI Indexed]
  14. S. Balaji, Leblouba Moussa, Noman Khandoker, Ting Yuk Shyh, M. E. Rahman, Lau Hieng Ho, (2017), “Experimental study on vertical static stiffnesses of polycal wire rope isolators”, Materials Science and Engineering 217 (2017) doi:10.1088/1757-899X/217/1/012032. [ISI Indexed]
  15. W. Pok, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, S. S. Do, (2017), “Effect of Bond Layer Properties to Thermo-Mechanical Stresses in Flip Chip Packaging”, MATEC Web of Conferences 95, 01003 (2017) DOI: 10.1051/matecconf/20179501003. [ISI Indexed]
  16. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2016), “An analytical study on the static vertical stiffness of wire rope isolators”, Mechanical Engineering Science & Technology, Vol. 30,. [ISI Indexed]
  17. E. Rahman, V. Pakrashi, S. Banerjee and T. Orr, (2016), “Suitable Waves for Bender Element Tests: Interpretations, Errors and Modelling Aspects”, Periodica Polytechnica: Civil Engineering, Vol. 60(2), pp 145-158. [ISI Indexed]
  18. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2016), “Static lateral stiffness of wire rope isolators”, Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines: An International Journal, 44 (4), pp. 462-475, [ISI Indexed]
  19. BH Nagaratnam, ME Rahman, AK Mirasa, MA Mannan, (2016), “Workability and heat of hydration of self-compacting concrete incorporating agro-industrial waste”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 112, pp. 882-894. [ISI Indexed]
  20. L Moussa, S Al-Tobat, M E Rahman, O Mugheida, (2016), “Practical Soil-Shallow Foundation Model for Nonlinear Structural Analysis”, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2016, Article ID 4514152. doi:10.1155/2016/4514152. [ISI Indexed]
  21. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, I. Davies, (2015), “Determination of filler content for natural filler polymer composite by thermogravimetric analysis”, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 122, Issue 1, pp 227-233. [ISI Indexed]
  22. D Mujah, ME Rahman, NHM Zain, (2015), “Performance evaluation of the soft soil reinforced ground palm oil fuel ash layer composite”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 95, pp. 89-100. [ISI Indexed]
  23. L Moussa, S Al Toubat, ME Rahman, BP Selvaraj, (2015), “Elliptical leaf spring shock and vibration mounts with enhanced damping and energy dissipation capabilities using lead spring”, Shock & Vibration, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/482063. [ISI Indexed]
  24. PS Balaji, M E Rahman, L Moussa, HH Lau, (2015), “Wire rope isolators for vibration isolation of equipment and structures–A review”, Materials Science and Engineering Vol. 78 (1). [ISI-Indexed]
  25. S. Balaji, L. T. Vuia, M. E. Rahman, M. Leblouba, (2015), “Experimental investigation on the hysteresis behavior of the wire rope isolators”, Mechanical Engineering Science & Technology, Vol. 29, pp 1527-1536. [ISI Indexed]
  26. Nabinejad, D. Sujan, M. E. Rahman, I. Davies, (2015), “Effect of oil palm kernel shell powder on the mechanical performance and thermal stability of polyester composites”, Materials & Design, Vol. 65, pp 823–830. [ISI Indexed]
  27. B. H. Nagaratnam, A. Fahim, M. E. Rahman, M. A. Mannan, M. Leblouba, (2015), “Mechanical and durability properties of medium strength Self-Compacting Concrete with high-volume fly ash and blended aggregates”, Periodica Polytechnica, Vol. 59(2), pp. 155-164. [ISI Indexed]

Research Grants and Consultancy Projects

  1. A mathematical model for high strength cold-formed steel screwed connection under cyclic loading. Currently Project Leader, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, January 2019-December 2021. [RM 109,000]
  2. Polycal Wire Rope Vibration Isolator for Industrial Equipment, Project Leader, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, November 2015-November 2017.[ RM 52,200]
  3. Innovative Vibration Isolation Systems for Equipment & Structures, Project Leader, Exploratory Research Grant Scheme (ERGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2012-June 2015. [RM 50,000]
  4. Enhancing the Wellbore Integrity in High Pressure High Temperature CO2, sequestrated reservoirs by developing a new class of Portland cement using nano-materials. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2015-June 2018.[RM 103,000]
  5. Characterization of Ultrafine Palm Oil Fuel Ash under Different Heat Treatment to Suppress the Alkali Silica Reaction in Mortar Bar. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, July 2014-June 2017.[RM 100,500]
  6. Analytical and Numerical Approaches for Sustainable Bond Material Selection in Electronic Packaging Industry. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, January 2014-December 2015. [RM 43,000]
  7. A mathematical model of a circular force transducer with uniform stress distribution. Key Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education, August 2016-July 2018. [RM 59,400]
  8. Behaviour of Cold-formed Steel Built-up Section, Key Investigator, EcoSteel Sdn Bhd, 2012-2015.
  9. Experimental Studies on Self-Compacting High Performance Concrete Incorporating Industrial Waste, Project Leader, EPISO Group of Companies, November 2017- October 2020. [ RM 71,000]
  10. Strength and durability behaviour of fiber reinforced concrete incorporating industrial waste, marine sand and sea water, Key Investigator, EPISO Group of Companies, November 2017- October 2020. [ RM 167,000]
  11. The Development of a Sustainable Industrialized Building System Using Cold-Formed Structural Steel. Currently Project Leader, CSRI Flagship Grant Award 2014, Curtin Sarawak Research Institute, Malaysia, July 2015-June 2018. [RM 300,000]

Student Projects

Ph.D.:

  1. Dr. Brabha Hari Nagaratnam, (Completed in 2016) Thesis Title: Experimental Studies on Self-Compacting Concrete Mixed With Palm Oil Fuel Ash and Fly Ash
  2. Dr. Balaji Palani Selvaraj, (Completed in 2017) Thesis Title: An Analytical and Experimental Study on Wire Rope Isolators for Vibration Isolation of Equipment and Structures
  3. Dr. Omid  Nabinejad, (Completed in 2017) Thesis Title: Mechanical Performance and Thermal Stability of Natural Fiber Composite Using Palm Oil Biomass
  4. Dr. Wan Nur Firdaus Binti Wan Hassan (Completed in 2019) Thesis Title: Mix Design Optimisation and Durability Study of High Performance Concrete Containing Micro and Nano Palm Oil Fuel Ash.
  5. Dr. Timothy Ting (Completed in 2019) Thesis Title: An Experimental and Numerical Study of Axially Loaded Lightweight Concrete Wall Panel.
  6. Michelle Tiong (Completed in 2020) Thesis Title: Enhancing the Wellbore Integrity in High Pressure High Temperature CO2 Sequestrated Reservoirs by Developing a New Class of Portland Cement using Nano Materials
  7. Matthew Ting (In Progress) Thesis Title: Strength and durability behaviour of fibre reinforced concrete incorporating industrial waste, marine sand and sea water
  8. Edmond Ting (In Progress) Thesis Title: Experimental Studies on Self-Compacting High Performance Concrete Incorporating Industrial Waste
  9. Sarder Mohammad Yahya (In Progress) Thesis Title: A mathematical model for high strength cold-formed steel screwed connection under cyclic loading

M.Phil.:

  1. Sadia Tasnim (Completed in 2017) Thesis Title: Modified Cement Paste using Ultrafine-POFA under Aggressive Ammonium Nitrate Condition
  2. Ting Yuk Shyh (Completed in 2018) Thesis Title: Polycal Wire Rope Vibration Isolator for Industrial Equipment – An Analytical and Experimental Study
  3. Nor Hashimah bt. Mohamad Zain, (Completed in 2019) Thesis Title: Utilization of Agro-Industrial Waste in Aluminium Metal  Matrix Composite (MMC)

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