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Bhushan Lal Karihaloo, FIEAus MASME FASCE (born: September 1943, Srinagar, Kashmir) is a professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering. He is head of the Institute of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics at Cardiff University, and an expert on fracture mechanics.


Karihaloo received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering (with First Class Honours and Gold Medal) from the Ranchi University. He got his M.Tech. degree in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and his Ph.D. degree from Moscow State University Civil Engineering. Moreover, Karihaloo received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Sydney. His higher doctorate was awarded for the significant and lasting contribution made by his published work on fracture mechanics. In 2007, he was awarded a D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Saint Petersburg State University.

Prior to his present appointment in Cardiff, he has held chairs at the University of Newcastle, Australia, the University of Sydney, and Aalborg University, Denmark. Visiting appointments have brought him to Northwestern University, Illinois, Oxford University, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Technical University of Denmark, and The EC Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials in Warsaw. He has presented numerous keynote lectures at international conferences and lectured extensively at universities and research institutions in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Australia, and India.

Karihaloo has held on average two substantial research grants per annum from the Royal Society, EC or EPSRC for projects dealing with the fracture and damage in metallic and non-metallic (especially cementitious and ceramic) materials. He has supervised 14 Master of Engineering (research) and 20 Ph.D. theses. He has authored two books on fracture mechanics of concrete and ceramics, co-edited 11 books on structural optimisation and integrity, and written 350 technical papers.

Karihaloo has advised widely on the development of high performance cementitious composites and ceramics and has participated in several international standardisation committees. He is a member of the editorial boards of nine international journals. He was awarded a "Royal Society Nuffield Fellowship" in 1982, and elected an Honorary Member of the Czech Society of Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 1989. In 2001, he was a "Honorary Fellow" of the International Congress on Fracture. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimisation (ISSMO). He was a member of the international panels for the assessment of research on Mechanics in Italy and The Netherlands . He is vice-president of the International Congress on Fracture (ICF), chair of the Royal Society UK National Panel for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, member of the Congress Committee of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and Chairman of Technical Committee 9 on Fracture of Concrete of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS).

Karihaloo has also developed and patented a high-performance, fibre reinforced, cement composite, which is currently under evaluation by a UK construction company for joining precast concrete elements and as a wear resistant overlay over concrete surfaces.

In July 2006, Karihaloo was awarded the prestigious Griffith Medal by the European Structural Integrity Society. This medal is awarded every four years, and only if there is a researcher worthy of the award. Only a handful of medals have been presented since the award's inception. The medal recognises Professor Karihaloo’s distinguished research career in the field of structural integrity, which spans over 25 years. He received the award for outstanding research in the field of theoretical fracture mechanics and fracture of quasi-brittle materials, in particular of concrete, fibre-reinforced cementitious composites, and advanced tough ceramics.


"Fracture Mechanics and Structural Concrete", Longman, 1995 (ISBN 0-582-21582-X)



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