Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering (DCE) at the University of Peradeniya, with a history of over 70 years, is the oldest of its kind in Sri Lanka. Of the current annual intake of about 450 students to the Faculty of Engineering, 150 students specialize in Civil Engineering from their second year of study... Read More

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New Publications in High-Impact Journals

M.M.A.L.N. Maheepala, M.C.M. Nasvi, D.J. Robert, C. Gunasekara, and L.C. Kurukulasuriya, Mix optimization for expansive soil stabilized with a novel waste material-based geopolymerization approach. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, SJR Q1 [IF = 1.51]
DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2023-0271

P.D.P.O. Peramuna, N.G.P.B. Neluwala, K.K. Wijesundara, S. Venkatesan, S. De Silva, P.B.R. Dissanayake, Novel approach to the derivation of dam breach parameters in 2D hydrodynamic modeling of earthquake induced dam failures, Science of The Total Environment
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.171505

J. A. N. N. Jayakody, M. C. M. Nasvi, D. J. Robert, S. K. Navaratnarajah, L. C. Kurukulasuriya, F. Giustozzi, C. Gunasekara, S. Setunge., 2024. Development of a Cross-Asset Model for the Maintenance of Road and Water Pipe Assets using AHP Method. Civil Engineering Journal (Iran) with SCJ/Q1 (0.85).
DOI: 10.28991/CEJ-2024-010-02-01

Jenothan, M., Jayasinghe, J.A.S.C., Bandara, C.S., Dammika, A.J., 2024. Performance evaluation of steel hollow box piers under bidirectional lateral cyclic loading to enhance the existing seismic verification framework. Journal of Constructional Steel Research.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2023.108246

Thevega, T., Jayasinghe, J.A.S.C., Kandare, E., Robert, D., Bandara, C.S., Shi, L., Setunge, S., 2023. Evaluating Fire Performance of Glass–Polyurethane Composite for Sustainable Cladding via Numerical and Empirical Simulation. Polymers.
DOI: 10.3390/polym15173635

Peramuna, P.D.P.O., Neluwala, N.G.P.B., Wijesundara, K.K., DeSilva, S., Venkatesan, S., Dissanayake, P.B.R., 2023. Review on model development techniques for dam break flood wave propagation. WIREs Water.
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1688

Maheepala M.M.A.L.N., Nasvi M.C.M., Robert D.J., Gunasekara C., Kurukulasuriya L.C., 2023. Mix design development for geopolymer treated expansive subgrades using artificial neural network, Computers and Geotechnics, 161, p. 105534.
DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2023.105534

Egodagamage, H., Yapa, H.D., Buddika, H.S., Navaratnam, S. and Nguyen, K., 2023. Effective use of biochar as an additive for alkali-activated slag mortar production. Construction and Building Materials, 370, p.130487.
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.130487

Fernando, S., Gunasekara, C., Law, D.W., Nasvi, M.C.M., Setunge, S. and Dissanayake, R., 2023. Assessment of long term durability properties of blended fly ash-Rice husk ash alkali activated concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 369, p.130449.
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.130449

H. G. S. Mayuranga, S. K. Navaratnarajah, C. S. Bandara & J. A. S. C. Jayasinghe, 2023. Elastic inclusions in ballasted tracks – a review and recommendations, International Journal of Rail Transportation.
DOI: 10.1080/23248378.2023.2170285

Mayuranga, H.G.S. and Navaratnarajah, S.K., 2023. Effect of clay fouling on track drainage capacity of railway Ballast: Experimental and numerical study. Construction and Building Materials, 364, p.129987.
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.129987

Lamawansa, Y., Hippola, S. and Wijesundara, K.K., 2022. Effects of sectional kinematic constraints in fiber element formulations on the load‐deformation response of reinforced concrete elements. Structural Concrete.
DOI: 10.1002/suco.202200081

Jenothan, M., Jayasinghe, J.A.S.C. and Bandara, C.S., 2023. Lateral behaviour and performance evaluation of steel piers under cyclic lateral loading. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 201, p.107764. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2022.107764

Thevega, T., Jayasinghe, J.A.S.C., Robert, D., Bandara, C.S., Kandare, E. and Setunge, S., 2022. Fire compliance of construction materials for building claddings: A critical review. Construction and Building Materials, 361, p.129582.
DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.129582

Navaratnarajah, S.K., Mayuranga, H.G.S. and Venuja, S., 2022. Influence of Type of Sleeper–Ballast Interface on the Shear Behaviour of Railway Ballast: An Experimental and Numerical Study. Sustainability, 14(24), p.16384.
DOI: 10.3390/su142416384

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Our Programmes

For Undergraduates

Undergraduate programme civil engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering comprising three main divisions, viz., Material and Structural Engineering, Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering offers a broad spectrum of courses in the Civil Engineering Specialization as well as in the General Programme and in the other Specializations in the Faculty of Engineering.

For Postgraduates

Postgraduate programme civil engineering

The department offers postgraduate programmes in five areas of specialization. These include taught programmes, viz., PGDip (by coursework), MEng, MScEng and MSc as well as research leading to PGDip (by research), MPhil and PhD.


Research Areas

Research Area civil engineering

The academic staff of the department together with their undergraduate and postgraduate students are involved in a diverse range of research covering a broad spectrum of topics. Such research is mostly designed to address requirements of the civil engineering practice and the industry.

Department of Civil Engineering