Emeritus Professor Raymond Gilbert
Emeritus Professor

Emeritus Professor Raymond Gilbert

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Emeritus Professor at UNSW

Deputy Director of UNSW Centre for Infrastructure and Safety

Research interest

 

Level 1: I do research into the behaviour of the structures that you see around you every day (e.g., buildings, bridges, etc.) and I particularly deal with reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.

Level 2: My main interests are in how concrete structures perform in terms of deformation, deflection, and cracking. Most of my work is either experimentally based in the laboratory or involves analytical and numerical modelling of the structure.

Level 3: I’ve spent a long time developing design guidelines for practicing engineers to be able to design concrete structures at service loads where cracking and deflection need to be adequately controlled.

Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

All through high school I planned to do Medicine, but as I was filling out the form to go to University, I decided to do Civil Engineering instead. I’d actually come to UNSW, and was interviewed by Crawford Munro (the first Head of School here) who talked to me about engineering.

What are your research goals?

My goals are to continue winning grants for the next few years and continue doing what I do, because for the past 35-40 years I’ve enjoyed my research. It has been a hobby.

What do people not understand about you do?

I’ve found most people think Civil Engineering research is breaking concrete. Civil Engineers are seen by many as the ‘brick layers’ of the Faculty, when often what we do is far more sophisticated and mathematically challenging than some of the more ‘sexy’ fields of engineering.

Advice for prospective civil engineers

If you are good at maths, and like solving problems, then civil engineering is a challenging and rewarding thing to do. It’s reasonably well paid, and you’ll be doing something interesting every day.

Lectures/Courses taught

Over the years, I have taught all courses in structural engineering at the undergraduate level and courses on advanced concrete structures at the post-graduate level. In recent years, I have been a full-time researcher.

Students

Number currently in lab: 3 PhD Students, 5 Honours Students

Number PhD students graduated: 14

Current Student Projects:

Anchorage of reinforcement in concrete structures subjected to loading and environmental extremes

Time-dependent in-service behaviour of composite concrete slabs with profiled steel decking.

Strength of Two-Way Steel Fibre Reinforced Composite Flooring Systems

Creep-induced buckling of eccentrically-loaded slender reinforced concrete columns

Prediction of deflection in reinforced concrete continuous one-way slabs

The role of human error in building failures

Crack control in reinforced concrete

Professional Organisations and Service Positions

Organisations

Fellow, Engineers Australia and Chartered Professional Engineer.

Member, American Concrete Institute

Honorary Life Member, Concrete Institute of Australia

Elected member of the National Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia, 2009-2013.

Service Positions

Active member of Standards Australia’s Committee BD-002 for over 30 years responsible for the on-going development of the Australian Standard for Concrete Structures AS3600.

Active member of Standards Australia’s Committee BD-090 charged with the current revision of the Australian Standard for Concrete Bridges AS5100(5)

Voting member of the American Concrete Institute Committee 209 – Creep and Shrinkage of Concrete

Technical and Publication Coordinator for the Concrete Institute of Australia

Chairman of a Concrete Institute of Australia Task Group preparing a comprehensive treatment of cracking and crack control in concrete structures

Awards, Grants, Etc.

Awards

National Award for Excellence, Technology Category, for the book “Time-dependent behaviour of Concrete Structures”, by Gilbert RI and Ranzi G, Spon Press, London, 2011. This award is made every two years by the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Honorary Life Membership of Concrete Institute of Australia for “outstanding contribution to the development and use of concrete in Australia” – awarded 2011

2005 Australian Professorial Fellowship awarded by the Australia Research Council (one of only 5 such awards ever in the field of Structural Engineering)

Eminent Speaker for 2001, Structural College, Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Chapman Medal, 1999 - awarded annually by the Institution of Engineers, Australia (since 1921) for the most significant contribution to the science and practice of structural engineering.

Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing, 1999 - nominated in Tertiary (single title) category for u/grad textbook Engineering Statics, UNSW Press, 1999 (co-authored with A.S. Hall and F.E. Archer).

Recent Grants

Gilbert RI and Bradford MA; ARC Linkage LP0991701, Time-dependent in-service behaviour of composite concrete slabs with profiled steel; 2009-2012; $315,000                                                               

Bradford MA, Gilbert RI and Foster SJ; ARC Linkage LP0991495, Strength of two-way steel fibre reinforced composite flooring systems; 2010-2012; $160,000

Gilbert RI; ARC Discovery DP1096560, Anchorage of reinforcement in concrete structures subjected to loading and environmental extremes; 2010-2012; $280,000                                                  

Gilbert RI and Ranzi G; ARC Discovery DP110103028, Time‑dependent stiffness of cracked reinforced concrete; 2011-2013; $390,000

Ranzi G, Gilbert RI and Mackay-Sim R; ARC Linkage LP110100008, Behaviour of lifting inserts for precast concrete construction; 2011-2013; $180,000

Gilbert RI; ARC Discovery DP130102966, Control of cracking caused by early-age contraction of concrete; 2013-2015; $355,000

Education

PhD, University of New South Wales 1980

BE (Civil) (Hons 1), University of New South Wales 1973

Phone
(+61 2) 9385 6002
Location
Civil Engineering Building (H20) Level 7, Room CE719 Kensington Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2003
    Voo YL; Foster SJ; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N, 2003, 'Design of disturbed regions in reactive powder concrete bridge girders', in Azizinamini A (ed.), High Performance Materials in Bridges, American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia, USA, pp. 117 - 127
    Book Chapters | 2001
    Voo J; Foster SJ; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N, 2001, 'Design of Disturbed Regions in Reactive Powder Concrete Bridge Girders', in High Performance Materials in Bridges, pp. 117 - 127
    Book Chapters | 1999
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 1999, 'Deformability of prestressed beams with AFRP and CFRP tendons', in Mechanics of structures and materials, edn. Original, A.A. Balkema Publishers, Brookfield, VT USA, pp. 195 - 200
  • Journal articles | 1997
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 1997, 'Flexural behaviour of prestressed beams using Aramid fibre reinforced plastic (AFRP) tendons', Australian Civil Engineering Transactions, pp. 71 - 76
    Journal articles | 1997
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Mohamed HM; Gilbert RI, 1997, 'Fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) - A new generation of reinforcement and prestressing tendons for concrete structures', Australian Civil Engineering Transactions, pp. 61 - 70
  • Conference Papers | 2004
    Foster SJ; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N; Voo YL, 2004, 'Strength of D-regions in reactive powder concrete girders', in fib Symposium 2004, Avignon, France, pp. 296 - 297, presented at fib Symposium 2004, Avignon, France, 26 April 2004 - 28 April 2004
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Gowripalan N; Warnock RE; Gilbert RI; Cavill B, 2003, 'Reactive powder concrete (RPC) for precast structural concrete - research and development in Australia', in Concrete in the 3rd Millennium - 21st Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Concrete in the 3rd Millennium - 21st Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Brisbane, Qld, presented at Concrete in the 3rd Millennium - 21st Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Brisbane, Qld, 17 July 2003 - 19 July 2003
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Voo YL; Foster SJ; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N, 2003, 'Behaviour of fibre reinforced RPC deep panels', in Hancock GJ; Bradford MA; Wilkinson TJ; Uy B; Rasmussen KJ R (eds.), Advances in Structures, Steel, Concrete, Composite and Aluminium (ASSCCA 2003), A A BALKEMA PUBLISHERS, Sydney, pp. 1101 - 1106, presented at Advances in Structures, Steel, Concrete, Composite and Aluminium (ASSCCA`03), Sydney, 22 June 2003 - 25 June 2003, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000184437600155&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 2002
    Voo YL; Foster SJ; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N, 2002, 'Behaviour of reactive powder concrete deep beams', in 17th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials ACMSM 17, 17th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials ACMSM 17, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Qld, presented at 17th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials ACMSM 17, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Qld, 12 June 2002 - 14 June 2002
    Conference Papers | 2001
    Zou PX; Gilbert RI; Gowripalan N, 2001, 'Transfer Length of FRP Tendons in Pretensioned Concrete Beams', in 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), Cambridge University, UK, presented at 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), Cambridge University, UK, 16 July 2001 - 18 July 2001
    Conference Papers | 2001
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 2001, 'Analysis of time-dependent behaviour of concrete beams prestressed with FRP tendons', in 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), Cambridge University, UK, presented at 5th international conference on fibre-reinforced plastics for reinforced concrete structures (FRPRCS-5), Cambridge University, UK, 16 July 2001 - 18 July 2001
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'Design Consideration for Ductility of Prestressed Beams with AFRP and CFRP Tendons', in Humar J; Razaqpur AG (ed.), 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 355 - 362, presented at 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, 15 August 2000 - 18 August 2000
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'Design considerations for ductility of prestressed beams with AFRP and CFRP tendons', in Humar JL; Razaqpur AG (ed.), 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, CANADIAN SOCIETY CIVIL ENGINEERING, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 355 - 362, presented at 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, 15 August 2000 - 18 August 2000, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000174430900043&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'An Experimental Study on the Time-dependent Behaviour of Concrete Beams Prestressed by AFRP Tendons', in Humar J; Razaqpur AG (ed.), 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 169 - 176, presented at 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, 15 August 2000 - 18 August 2000
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'An experimental study on the time-dependent behaviour of concrete beams prestressed by AFRP tendons', in Humar JL; Razaqpur AG (ed.), 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, CANADIAN SOCIETY CIVIL ENGINEERING, Ottawa, Canada, pp. 169 - 176, presented at 3rd International Conference on Advanced Composite Mateirals in Bridges and Structures, Ottawa, Canada, 15 August 2000 - 18 August 2000, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000174430900020&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'Ductility and Deformability of Prestressed Concrete Beams Containing Aramid Fibre Reinforced Polymer (AFRP) Tendons', in ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, Publisher UNSW/ACUN, UNSW, Sydney, presented at ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, Publisher UNSW/ACUN, UNSW, Sydney, 18 February 2000
    Conference Papers | 2000
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 2000, 'Ductility and deformability of prestressed concrete beams containing aramid fibre reinforced polymer (AFRP) tendons', in ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, Publisher UNSW/ACUN, UNSW, Sydney, pp. 222 - 227, presented at ACUN-2 Composites in the Transportation Industry. Vol.2, Publisher UNSW/ACUN, UNSW, Sydney, 18 February 2000
    Conference Papers | 1999
    Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI; Zou PX, 1999, 'Deformability of Prestressed Beams with AFRP and CFRP Tendons', in Bradford MA; Bridge RQ; Foster SJ (eds.), Mechanics of structures and materials, A.A. Balkema Publishers, Brookfield, VT USA, pp. 195 - 200, presented at 16th Australasia Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Sydney, 08 December 1999 - 10 December 1999, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000085165500031&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 1997
    Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI; Zou PX, 1997, 'Short-term behaviour of concrete beams prestressed with CERP tendons', in 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, Japan, presented at 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, Japan
    Conference Papers | 1997
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 1997, 'Fibre reinforced plastics - development and properties', in Grzebieta RH; AlMahaidi R; Wilson JL (eds.), 15th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, A A BALKEMA PUBLISHERS, Melbourne, pp. 75 - 81, presented at 15th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Melbourne, 08 December 1997 - 10 December 1997, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000073166000011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 1997
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 1997, 'Flexural behaviour and ductility of HSC beams prestressed with AFRP tendons', in Grzebieta RH; AlMahaidi R; Wilson JL (eds.), 15th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, A A BALKEMA PUBLISHERS, Melbourne, pp. 135 - 140, presented at 15th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Melbourne, 08 December 1997 - 10 December 1997, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000073166000020&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Conference Papers | 1997
    Zou PX; Gowripalan N; Gilbert RI, 1997, 'Transmission length of AFRP tendons in concrete beams', in 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, Japan, presented at 3rd International Symposium on Non-metalic (FRP) reinfrocement for concrete structures, Japan
    Conference Papers | 1996
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 1996, 'Flexural behaviour of prestressed beams using AFRP tendons and high strength concrete', in Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, Montreal, Canada, presented at Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, Montreal, Canada, 11 August 1996 - 14 August 1996
    Conference Papers | 1996
    Gowripalan N; Zou PX; Gilbert RI, 1996, 'Flexural behaviour of prestressed beams with high strength concrete', in 1st Structural Speciality Conf, 1st Structural Speciality Conf, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, presented at 1st Structural Speciality Conf, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, -