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Shobana Sivanendran

Shobana Sivanendran

Doctoral Candidate

University of Cambridge
Engineering Department
Trumpington Street

Office Phone: +44 1223 332758


Shobana graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010 with a First Class in Civil Engineering. Following this, she worked as a consultant in research and development incentives for large engineering, construction and oil & gas companies across Australia.

In October 2013, Shobana joined the Concrete & Composite Structures Group to pursue a PhD in the study of the durability of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) pre-stressed concrete structures. Shobana's supervisor is Dr Janet Lees and her advisor is Dr Chris Burgoyne.

Shobana was awarded a travel grant to attend a course on fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) at the University of Ghent in Belgium in January 2015.

Shobana has presented research papers at:
- The International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) 2015 Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark
- The 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Concrete Structures 2015 in Nanjing, China
- The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Young Researchers' Conference 2015 in London, United Kingdom

She will also be presenting a paper at the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) 2016 PhD Symposium in Tokyo, Japan.

Shobana is funded by a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. In 2014, she received an Honorary Studentship award from Lucy Cavendish College recognising her academic achievements. She has also received Best Poster awards in the Cambridge University Structures Group Graduate Research Day and the Lucy Cavendish College Graduate Research Day.

Research Interests

Shobana's main research interests lie in the long term performance of CFRP pre-stressed concrete when exposed to environmental and mechanical loading. She is currently studying the effects of moisture on the interaction between concrete and CFRP with the aim of using the knowledge gained to predict the effects of prolonged moisture exposure on the long term load-bearing behaviour of CFRP pre-stressed concrete members.

Research Supervision

Shobana is currently supervising a 4th year Tripos (MEng) research student who is looking into the early stage bond behaviour of CFRP rods in concrete when exposed to moisture.


- Supervisor for 3D4 Structural Analysis and Stability 2015, 2016

- Demonstrator for the 1A Elastic Beams experiment 2015, 2016

- Assistant Demonstrator for the 1A Structural Design Course 2015, 2016


Key Publications

S. SIVANENDRAN, J.M. LEES (2015) Interaction between CFRP tendons and concrete when subjected to long-term moisture exposure, IN: Proceedings of the 2015 fib Symposium on Concrete – Innovation and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, p. 9

S. SIVANENDRAN, J.M. LEES (2015) Durability of CFRP pre-stressed concrete subjected to stress and moisture exposure, IN: Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & The 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015) Joint Conference, 14-16 December 2015, Nanjing, China

S. SIVANENDRAN, J.M. LEES (2016) The effects of moisture and stress on CFRP-concrete interactions in CFRP pre-stressed concrete, IN: Proceedings of the 2016 fib PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering, Tokyo, Japan