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Dr Ravindra Jayaratne

Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE)

My principal teaching and research interests fall in the field of Coastal and River Engineering, particularly in wave hydrodynamics, wave-structure interaction, sediment transport modelling and disaster prevention mechanisms against tsunamis, storm surges, high waves and Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF). 

  • EB 1.70, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    London
    E16 2RD
  • r.jayaratne@uel.ac.uk +442082232536
    I am presently teaching Civil Engineering modules in BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons) and MSc in Civil Engineering programmes and supervising BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD research projects. I am a Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering degree since September 2011. I have authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in Coastal and River Engineering and am a contributor for the School's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 submission (UoA 15 General Engineering). I have completed one PhD supervision and am currently supervising 5 PhD students in Civil Engineering field as a Director of Studies.
    I serve as a reviewer for the Maritime Engineering Journal of Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), Coastal Engineering Journal of World Scientific, Natural Hazards of Springer, Ocean Engineering of Elsevier, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering of NRC and Journal of Marine Science and Engineering of MDPI. I have been awarded a number of grants and fellowships from the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF), Waseda University, Japan, International Conference Committees and UEL. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy of UK since September 2009. Presently I serve as the External Examiner for BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering programme at University of Plymouth, UK (2015-2019). I am a Visiting Researcher to the Complex Disaster Research Institute of Waseda University, Japan since 2009.  


    2008 – 2009  Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PG Cert), University of East London, UK
    Portfolios: Pedagogy and Learning in Higher Education (Sem. A) and Policy, Research and Context in Higher Education (Sem. B)

    2001 – 2004  Doctor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), Yokohama National University, Japan
    Dissertation title: Modelling of Suspended Sediment Concentration and Cross-Shore Beach
    Deformation Model
    Supervised by: Professor Tomoya Shibayama

    1999 – 2001  Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering), National University of Singapore (NUS)
    Dissertation title: Wave Run-up and Overtopping on Impermeable and Permeable Breakwaters
    Supervised by: Professor N Jothi Shankar
                                                 
    1994 – 1998  Bachelor of the Science in Civil Engineering (Honours), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
    Dissertation title: An Investigation on the Impact of Influent Water Quality on the Kandy Lake of Sri Lanka
    Supervised by: Professor K D W Nandalal
    1. External Examiner for BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK (2015-2019)
    2. Member in Waseda-YNU Advanced Coastal Environment & Management Group, Japan (Since 2009)

    Overview




    I am nvolved in number of national and international research institutions/universities/departments (University of Plymouth, Bournemouth University, Danish Technical University, University of Ottawa, University of Western Australia, Waseda University, University of Tokyo, Yokohama National University, National Autonomous University of Mexico and Coastal Conservation & Coastal Resources Management Department of Sri Lanka) for joint research projects.

    On-going research projects:

    1. Mitigating future tsunami and storm surge disasters: Experimental, numerical and field investigations in collaboration with Complex Disaster Research Institute of Waseda University, Japan and University of Ottawa, Canada (External Funder: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, UK).

    2. Development of an 2D beach profile evolution and 3D morphological models in collaboration with Waseda University and Yokohama National University, Japan.

    3. Modelling of sediment re-suspension events and turbulent bursting through field and laboratory measurements in collaboration with University of Western Australia.

    4. Understanding Coastal and River Sediment Transport Processes with a Focus on the Alleviation of Natural Hazards and Risk Analysis in collaboration with Coastal Conservation & Coastal Resources Management Department of Sri Lanka, University of Tokyo and Yokohama National University, Japan.

    5. Modelling of individual violent wave impacts and overtopping on coastal structures in collaboration with University of Plymouth, UK and Danish Technical University, Denmark (formerly EPSRC funded project).

    6. Worldwide trends in coastal management practices to reduce erosion and flood risk in collaboration with Bournemouth University, UK.

    7. Modelling of scour failure of seawalls in collaboration with National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

    8. Disaster engineering and education - Infrastructure failure due to a natural hazard in collaboration with the Cass School of Education, UEL. 


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    Publications since 2009 Esteban, M., Jayaratne, R., Mikami, T., Morikubo, I., Shibayama, T., Thao, N.D., Ohira, K., Ohtani, A., Mizuno, Y., Kinoshita, M., and Matsuba, S. (2013): Stability of Breakwater Armour Units against Tsunami Attack, Journal of Waterways, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000227.

    Esteban, M., Mikami, T., Jayaratne, R., Shibayama, T., Thao, N.D., and Ohira, K. (2012): Stability of Coastal Defences during the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami in Japan, 10th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS), Tehran, Iran, pp. 133-141.

    Jayaratne, R., Takayama, Y., and Shibayama, T. (2012): Applicability of the Suspended Sediment Concentration Formulae on Large-Scale Beach Morphological Changes, 33rd International Conference on Coastal Engineering (33rd ICCE), ASCE, Santander, Spain, Paper No: Sediment 57.http://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/issue/current/showToc

    Jayaratne, R., and Salim, S. (2012): Shallow Water Hydrodynamic Investigation of Local Scour over Smooth and Rough Sediment Beds, 8th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (PIANC-COPEDEC VIII), Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, pp. 445-455 (ISBN: 978-93-80689-06-7).

    Islam, M., Jayaratne, R., Marriott, M., and Begum, S. (2012): Remote Sensing of Suspended Sediments in the Coastal Sea of Bay of Bengal off Bangladesh, 8th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (PIANC-COPEDEC VIII), Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, pp. 1293-1302 (ISBN: 978-93-80689-06-7).

    Jayaratne, M.P.R., Srikanthan, S., and Shibayama, T. (2011): Examination of the Suspended Sediment Concentration Formulae Using Full-Scale Rippled Bed and Sheet Flow Data, Coastal Engineering Journal, World Scientific, Vol. 54(4), pp. 1-39 (doi:10.1142/S0578563411002422).

    Salim, S., and Jayaratne, R. (2011): Studies on Hydrodynamic Erosion with Soil Protrusion Apparatus, 34th IAHR Biennial World Congress, Brisbane, Australia, CD-ROM, pp. 3761-3768 (ISBN: 978-0-85825-868-6).

    Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2011): A Simple Numerical Simulation Model for Beach Profile Evolution, 7th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes (Coastal Sediments ’11), Miami, Florida, USA, Vol. 2, pp.1687-1700.

    Jayaratne, R. (2011): A Simple Computer Model for Beach Deformation, SET for BRITAIN 2011, Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, House of Commons, UK (Poster No: E27).

    Bredmose, H., Hunt-Raby, A., Jayaratne, R., and Bullock, G. (2010): The Ideal Flip-through Impact: Experimental and Numerical Investigation, Journal of Engineering Mathematics, Springer Publishers, Vol. 67, pp. 115-136 doi:10.1007/s10665-009-9354-3.

    Jayaratne, R., Salim, S. and Wijeyesekera, C. (2010): Sediment Transport with a Hydrodynamic Perspective, 8th International Conference on Geotechnical & Transportation Engineering (Geotropika 2010), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, CD-ROM (Paper No: 117).

    Salim, S, and Jayaratne, R. (2013): Hydrodynamic Perspectives of Soil Scour in Fluvial Environment, Central European Journal of Engineering, Springer, Vol. 3(3), 541-548 doi:10.2478/s13531-013-0112-y.http://link.springer.com/article/10.2478/s13531-013-0112-y.

    Jayaratne, R., Salim, S., and Wijeyesekera, C. (2010): Erosion Rate Prediction through Laboratory Observations of Sediment Transport in Turbulent Flow Regime, 3rd International Conference on the Application of Physical Modelling to Port and Coastal Protection (CoastLAB ‘10), Barcelona, Spain, pp. 1-7 (Paper No: 04).

    Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2010): Applicability of the Predictive Formulae for Suspended Sediment Concentration on Full-Scale Rippled Bed and Sheet Flow, 32nd International Conference on Coastal Engineering (32nd ICCE), ASCE, Shanghai, China, Posters.16 (Available online after 15th September 2010). http://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/issue/view/154/showToc

    Jayaratne, R. and Shibayama, T. (2009): Suspended Sediment Concentration in and outside the Surf Zone, in Shibayama, T. (Ed) Coastal Processes - Concepts in Coastal Engineering and their Applications to Multifarious Environments, World Scientific, 215pp.

    Hunt-Raby, A., Othman, I., Jayaratne, R., Bullock, G., and Bredmose, H. (2009): Effect of Protruding Roughness Elements on Wave Overtopping, Proceedings of Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2009, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Edinburgh, Scotland, Vol. 2, pp. 574-586.

    Shibayama, T., Esteban, M., Nistor, I., Takagi, H., Thao, N.D., Matsumaru, R., Mikami, T., Arenguiz, R., Jayaratne, R., and Ohira, K. (2013): Classification of Tsunami and Evacuation Areas, Natural Hazards, Springer Publishers, Vol. 67(2), 365-386 doi:10.1007/s11069-013-0567-4. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11069-013-0567-4.

    Jayaratne, R., Premaratne, B., Mikami, T., Esteban, M., and Shibayama, T. (2013): Probable Failure Modes of Coastal Structures in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures due to the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Tsunami, Special Session on Coastal Structures, 4th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management (ICSECM 2013), Kandy, Sri Lanka (in Press).

    Esteban, M., Mikami, T., Takagi, H., Mizuno, Y., Matsuba, S., Kinoshita, M., Jayaratne, R., and Shibayama, T. (2013): Resilience of Shallow Water Small Fishery Port Breakwaters during the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, Proceedings of International Session on Coastal Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), Vol. 4 (in Press).

    Jayaratne, R., Mikami, T., Esteban, M., and Shibayama, T. (2013): Investigation of Coastal Structure Failure due to the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Tsunami, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Edinburgh, Scotland (in Press).

    Esteban, M., Jayaratne, R.,Mikami, T., Shibayama, T., Mizuno, Y., Kinoshita, M., and Matsuba, S. (2013): Analysis of the Stability of Armour Units during the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Edinburgh, Scotland (in Press).

    Jayaratne, M.P.R., and Salim, M.S. (2012): Shallow Water Hydrodynamic Investigation of Local Scour over Smooth and Rough Sediment Beds, International Journal of Ocean and Climate Systems, Multi-Science Publishers, Vol. 3(4), pp 229-239, ISSN 1759-3131.

    Takayama, Y., Shibayama, T., and Jayaratne, R. (2012): A Proposal of Quasi-3D Large-Scale Beach Deformation Model using Local Sand Transport Formula, 59th Annual Journal of Coastal Engineering, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), Vol. 68(2), I_531-I_535, [doi:10.2208/kaigan.68.I_531] (in Japanese with English abstract).

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    I teach following Civil Engineering modules in BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons) and MSc programmes.

    EG5103 Engineering Mathematics & Hydraulic Analysis  

    EG6114 Water Management (Module Leader)

    EG7001 Hydraulic Structures, Coastal & River Engineering (Module Leader)

    Dissertation Supervisor for BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons) and MSc research projects
    1. UEL engineer makes global waves with his tsunami research, coastal engineering seminars conducted in research institutes and government departments in Dubai, Sri Lanka and Japan, June-July 2016.
    https://www.uel.ac.uk/News/2016/09/Tsunami-tour
    2. UEL academic's tsunami research recognised by Japanese Government, the event held at Embassy of Japan, London, March 2012
    http://www.uel.ac.uk/news/press-releases/2012/03/ravindrajayaratne.htm
    3. Life's a Beach - UEL academic set all for major scientific exhibition, the event held at House of Commons, Westminster, March 2011
    http://www.uel.ac.uk/news/press-releases/2011/03/beach.htm
    4. UEL plays a major role in international sustainability conference, the event held at Sutera Harbour, Sabah, Malaysia, February 2010
    http://www.uel.ac.uk/news/press-releases/2010/02/geotropika.htm

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