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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Gems of Structural Engg - G S Ramaswamy - (Post-25) Reply with quote

CURRENT 330 SCIENCE, VOL. 83, NO. 3, 10 AUGUST 2002

(Late) Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy


(1932 - 2002)

Guruvayur Subramanian Ramaswamy, the founder Director of the CSIR Structural Engineering Research Centre, passed away in Chennai on 9 March 2002. Born on 3 October 1923, GSR, as he was fondly addressed, had his early education in Trichur and moved to the then College of Engineering, Guindy from where he took BE degree with Honours in 1944. He received MS and CE degrees in 1948 from the California Institute of Technology, USA. On his return, he was appointed professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering of the Annamalai University when he was only 26 years old. After serving the university for about eight years, he joined the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee in 1956 as the Head of the Structures Division. During his tenure that lasted for nearly nine years, GSR carried out spectacular R&D projects that earned him universal acclaim and several awards. The technology developed by his group for a unique costsaving flooring scheme involving the use of concrete funicular shells was adopted in the construction of thousands of buildings in India and abroad. It was due to GSR’s efforts that the currently popular twisted, concrete-reinforcing steel bars (on which he took a patent) gained acceptance in the country in the early seventies. In 1965, he founded the Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC) at Roorkee, whose headquarters later moved to Chennai in 1974. As the Director of SERC and the Coordinating Director of CSIR campus, he initiated pioneering research in a number of disciplines in structural engineering which made him and SERC well-known in national and international circuits. GSR’s far-sighted vision enabled the setting up of several advanced laboratories and facilities, including the tower testing station at Pallavaram, which is among the best in the world. GSR served as the UN Chief Technical Advisor, Consultant at Trinidad and Riyadh. He trained and guided many young scientists and engineers presently occupying high offices in India and abroad. He authored several books which have become reference books1–3 on the respective topics. His latest book on ‘space structures’ was recently released in UK. He had immense interest in literature and fine arts. He was a prolific writer and a great orator. He chaired several committees constituted by state and central governments. Even a few hours prior to his passing away, he was preparing notes for his next technical book. GSR leaves behind his wife, a daughter and two sons. With his passing away, the scientific world and the structural engineering profession have lost an outstanding and eminent scientistcum-consultant.

1. Ramaswamy, G. S., Eekhout, M. and Suresh, G. R., Analysis, Design and Construction of Steel Space Frames, Thomas Telford Publishing Limited, UK, 2002.

2. Ramaswamy, G. S., Modern Prestressed Concrete Design, Pitman Publishing Limited, London, 1976.
3. Ramaswamy, G. S., Design and Construction of Concrete Shell Roofs, McGraw-Hill Book Company, USA, 1968.


     



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Gems of Structural Engg - G S Ramaswamy - (Post-25) Reply with quote

Dear Er Vivek,

I posted the same info(did not include only his book covers) in SEFI a few months ago. See: http://www.sefindia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6944

Please check previous postings before posting any new info.

Anyway, I appreciate the good work done by you and your informative postings!

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[quote="abhy_vivek"]CURRENT 330 SCIENCE, VOL. 83, NO. 3, 10 AUGUST 2002

(Late) Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy


(1932 - 2002)

Guruvayur Subramanian Ramaswamy, the founder Director of the CSIR Structural Engineering Research Centre, passed away in Chennai on 9 March 2002.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Dignitaries...

Some more information about Prof.G.S.Ramasamy.

A two year post graduate programme in structural Engineering (M.Sc Structural Engineering) was introduced first time in the country by Prof.G.S.Ramasamy in the year 1953 at Annamalai University, who served as Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering during 1948-1956.


And he initiated the early researches on prestressing systems. A stone beam was prestressed by him during the year 1954. We are preserving the stone beam as a monument on the memory of Prof.G.S.Ramasamy in Annamalai University.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Er. Yousha,

   Thanks you very mcuh for sharing more details about the Gem i.e. (Late) Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy. Though Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy passed away a long back his Identitity as a Legend is always felt by the fraternity members. His work done without a mark of 'self' will always act as a starting point for respective fileds of research.

   Probabaly all the Gems of Structural Engineering added in this series are considered to be 'Legends' because of the 'self-less' service to the society. - This has proven the 'Shloka' of 'ShrimadBhagwat Gita' regarding 'work' to be done without thinking about the 'returns'.

   Hence Let's all of us follow the foot prints of these Gems and convert the Structural Engg Society into a 'Big-Box of Gems'  

(N.B. - Dear Er. Yousha, will be able to share more about the details of - Prestressing applied on Rock-Beam by (Late) Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy)


yousha wrote:
Dear Dignitaries...

Some more information about Prof.G.S.Ramasamy.

A two year post graduate programme in structural Engineering (M.Sc Structural Engineering) was introduced first time in the country by Prof.G.S.Ramasamy in the year 1953 at Annamalai University, who served as Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering during 1948-1956.


And he initiated the early researches on prestressing systems. A stone beam was prestressed by him during the year 1954. We are preserving the stone beam as a monument on the memory of Prof.G.S.Ramasamy in Annamalai University.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Dignitaries...

Prof. G.S. Ramasamy guided the post graduate thesis on prestressed segmental stone beam in the year 1954, the beam consists of 19 nos of granite stone blocks of size 305mm×305mm with a drilled hole of 125mm diameter. The thickness of each block is uniformly 110mm with a mortar thickness of 25mm. Reinforced concrete block of size 355mm×305mm and length 305mm equal to the depth of the beam is provided one at each end. Freyssinet anchorage consisting of Male and female conical wedges were used for post-tensionong. The Freyssinet system used for post tensioning was brought to the laboratory from the nearby coleroon(kollidam) river bridge construction site.


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River Coleroon is running 8km away from Chidambaram. During that period an unbalanced cantilever bridge construction was going on across the river. That kind of bridge was first in India. German engineers were supervising the work. It is a post tensioned bridge. It is having span of 650m with 1 spans of 45m each.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Er. Yousha,

   Thanks you very much for sharing this information. I am searching for the various books by Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy. But could locate - only 'Rcc Shells', 'Space Structures'. Do you have any Idea about the other publications ?

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Dear Dignitaries...


Prof. G.S. Ramasamy guided the post graduate thesis on prestressed segmental stone beam in the year 1954, the beam consists of 19 nos of granite stone blocks of size 305mm×305mm with a drilled hole of 125mm diameter. The thickness of


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Er Vivek,

Prof. GSR wrote another book on  Modern Prestressed Concrete Design, Pitman Publishing Limited, London, 1976. It has been mentioned by you & also by me. I have a copy of the book in India. I am not sure whether the info. you are seeking is available there.

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Hello Er. Yousha,

   Thanks you very much for sharing this information. I am searching for the various books by Prof. G. S. Ramaswamy. But could locate - only 'Rcc Shells', 'Space Structures'. Do you have any Idea about the other publications ?

Reg
Er. Vivek


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Dear Dignitaries...

Prof. G.S. Ramasamy guided the post graduate thesis on prestressed segmental stone beam in the year 1954, the beam consists of 19 nos of granite stone blocks of size 305mm×305mm with a drilled hole of 125mm diameter. The thickness of


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Resp. Dr. Subramanian ji,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Can we create a National Museum / Library on Civil Structural Engineering' where 'ALL' the books in the filed will be kept accessible. The Museum / Library will have a tie-up with Mega Libraries in India / all over the world (viz. IIT library, BCL, American Library etc.). To source the HARD / SOFT Copies of the Old (out of shelf) books. Till now, I noticed that the great work by many authors - viz. Sir. M.V., Prof. G.S.R, Prof. S. P. Timoshenko, and many more, is difficult to locate from market.

   This Activity will need lot of Financial, Technical, Legal, IT and last but imp is the Political support. It will also need about four to five years to establish. But I hope Indian Civil Engg can do this along with the Academic and Corporate support.


   Please share your views.

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Dear Er Vivek,

Prof. GSR wrote another book on  Modern Prestressed
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Er Vivek,

It is an excellent idea! I am glad that you generate several such ideas!

Google has digitized several books(http://books.google.com/). A few of Timoshenko's books are listed here.


To my knowledge, in cooperation with some American Universities,  some colleges are also digitizing old books, whose copyright expired. Arulmigu Kalasingam College of Engineering(now Kalasalingam University), Krishnan Koil, Tamilnadu(http://www.kalasalingam.ac.in/index.php) was engaged in such a project, a few years ago. But I am not sure about Structural Engineering books!

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Resp. Dr. Subramanian ji,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Can we create a National Museum / Library on Civil Structural Engineering' where 'ALL' the books in the filed will be kept accessible. The Museum / Library will have a tie-up with Mega Libraries in India / all over the world (viz. IIT library, BCL, American Library etc.). To source the HARD / SOFT Copies of the Old (out of shelf) books. Till now, I noticed that the great work by many authors - viz. Sir. M.V., Prof. G.S.R, Prof. S. P. Timoshenko, and many more, is difficult to locate from market.

   This Activity will need lot of Financial, Technical, Legal, IT and last but imp is the Political support. It will also need about four to five years to establish. But I hope Indian Civil Engg can do this along with the Academic and Corporate support.


   Please share your views.

Reg
Vivek
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Dear Er Vivek,

Prof. GSR wrote another book on  Modern Prestressed
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Vivek,

Some info in the direction

http://dspace.library.iitb.ac.in/jspui/


Open source free software used for such info sharing

http://www.dspace.org/

Several of world universities use this and need is to consolidate it, co-ordinate and present. Of course lot of resources needed for same, but raw material, concept and working models exist as of today.


See
http://paniit.iitd.ac.in/indest/

Consortium Members :

http://paniit.iitd.ac.in/indest/state-wise-list.php

Such consortium can be approached with a proposal for the said ideas to see feasibility and prospects on the ground.

With best regards

Sanjeev
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