Dr Venkata Rama Rao G

Dr Venkata Rama Rao G

Senior Scientist

  • CSIR-SERC, Taramani, Chennai – 600 113
  • ramarao(at)serc(dot)res(dot)in
  • +91-44-22549227

Academic Background

  • Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), Anna University, Chennai, December 2015.
  • M.E. (Structural Engineering), Anna University, Chennai, January 2002.
  • B.Tech. (Civil Engineering), Nagarjuna University, A.P., April 1999.

Professional Background

  • Senior Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, since Aug. 2015
  • Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, Sep. 2010 – Aug 2015
  • Jr. Scientist,CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, Aug. 2007 – Sep. 2010
  • Lecturer, B.S.A. Crescent Engineering College, Chennai,June 2003 – Aug. 2007
  • Junior Research Fellow, Experimental Mechanics Laboratory, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai,Feb. 2002 – June 2003

Areas of Scientific Interest

  • Pushover analysis and performance based seismic design
  • Seismic performance evaluation of shear walls
  • Seismic performance evaluation of open ground storey buildings
  • Seismic safety of hospital buildings

Awards & Honours

  • Awarded ICI (Chennai Centre) – Ultra Tech Award – 2017 for Outstanding Thesis in the field of Concrete (Category – Doctoral) for the thesis titled ‘Seismic Performance Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls’
  • Secured 93.45 percentile in GATE 2000 (All India Rank is 361)
  • Best paper award from CSIR-SERC in 2009


  • Rama Rao, G. V., Gopalakrishnan, N. and Sathish Kumar, K., ‘Seismic vulnerability assessment of open ground storey buildings’, Recent Advances in Structural Engineering, Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, 11, Springer, 2019, pp. 1051-1062
  • Jothi Saravanan, T., Rama Rao, G.V., Prakashvel, J., Gopalakrishnan, N., Lakshmanan, N. and Murty, C.V.R. ‘Dynamic testing of open ground storey structure and in-situ evaluation of displacement demand magnifier’, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 31(5), 2017, PI. 04017055
  • Madheswaran, C.K., Prakashvel, J., Sathish Kumar, K., and Rama Rao, G.V. ‘Earthquake response of reinforced concrete building retrofitted with geopolymer concrete and X-shaped metallic damper’, Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A, 98 (1-2), 2017, pp. 41-52
  • Rama Rao, G. V., Sreekala, R., Sathish Kumar, K., Gopalakrishnan, N., Muthumani, K., Nagesh R. Iyer, Lakshmanan, N. and Reddy, G. R., ‘Seismic response measurement of an under-water model through high speed camera and feature tracking’, Experimental Techniques, 40(1), 2016, pp. 83-90
  • Rama Rao, G. V., Gopalakrishnan, N., Jaya, K.P., Muthumani, K., Reddy, G. R. and Parulekar, Y. M., ‘Studies on nonlinear behavior of shear walls of medium aspect ratio under monotonic and cyclic loading’, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 30(1), 2016, PI. 04014201
  • Parulekar, Y.M., Reddy, G. R., Singh, R. K., Gopalakrishnan, N. and Rama Rao, G. V. ‘Seismic performance evaluation of mid-rise shear walls: experiments and analysis’, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 59(2), 2016, pp. 291-312
  • Rama Rao, G.V., Gopalakrishnan, N., Jaya, K. P. and Renish J. Dhaduk, ‘Studies on ductility of shear walls’, Journal of Structural Engineering, CSIR-SERC, 42(6), 2016, pp. 540-549
  • Rama Rao, G.V., Davis, T. T., Sreekala, R., Gopalakrishnan, N., Nagesh R. Iyer and Lakshmanan, N. ‘Damage identification through wave propagation and vibration based methodology for an axial structural element’, Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies, 3,(4), 2015 pp. 383-399
  • Bharathi Priya, C., Likhith Reddy, A., Rama Rao, G.V., Gopalakrishnan, N. and RamaMohan Rao, A. ‘Low frequency and boundary condition effects on impedance based damage identification’, Case Studies in Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation, 2, 2014, pp.9-13
  • Sreekala, R., Gopalakrishnan, N., Muthumani, K., Sathish Kumar, K., Rama Rao, G.V. and Nagesh R. Iyer., ‘Seismic protection of critical infra-structures through innovative technologies’, International Journal of critical infrastructures, 9(4), 2013, pp.351-367
  • Likhith Reddy, A., Shirleen, C., Bharathi Priya, C., G.V. Rama Rao, Gopalakrishnan, N. and Rama Mohan Rao, A. ‘Damage detection of a cyclically loaded concrete shear wall using EMI technique’, Structural Durability and Health Monitoring, 9(4), 2013, pp. 325-347
  • Sreekala, R., Muthumani, K., Gopalakrishnan, N., Sathish Kumar, K., Rama Rao, G.V. and Nagesh R Iyer ‘Seismic performance of polymer modified concretes in flexure-Modelling’, International Journal of Structural Engineering, 3(4), 2012, pp. 298–310
  • Rama Rao, G. V., Sreekala, R., Gopala Krishnan, N., Sathishkumar, K., Muthumani, K. and Lakshmanan, N. ‘Coasting down signal analysis as a tool for detection of proximity of resonances and a case study’, Engineering Failure Analysis, 18, 2011, pp. 340-353
  • Lakshmanan, N., Raghu Prasad, B. K., Gopalakrishnan, N., Sreekala, R. and Rama Rao, G.V. ‘Comparative study on damage identification from iso-eigen-value-change contours and smeared damage model’, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 35(6), 2010, pp. 735-758
  • Muthumani, K., Lakshmanan, N., Gopalakrishnan, N., Sathish Kumar, K., Sreekala, R. and Rama Rao, G.V. ‘Damage identification of beam-like structures through static deflection and natural frequency as damage indicators’, Indo-U.S. Forensic Practices, Investigation Techniques and Technology, ASCE, 2010, pp. 87-98
  • Lakshmanan, N., Gopalakrishnan, N., Rama Rao, G.V. and Sathish Kumar, K. ‘Dynamic stiffness based computation of response for framed machine foundations’, Geomechanics and Engineering, 1(2), 2010, pp. 121-142
  • Lakshmanan, N., Raghu Prasad, B. K., Gopalakrishnan, N., Muthumani, K. and Rama Rao, G.V. ‘Damage estimation as a multi-variate interpolation problem of Eigen-changes through radial basis function network’, Journal of Structural Engineering, CSIR-SERC, 35(2), 2008, pp. 121-127

Patents / Copyrights

  • Sreekala, R., Muthumani, K., Gopalakrishnan, N., Sathish Kumar, K., Nagesh R. Iyer and Rama Rao, G. V. ‘Smart energy harvesters for self sustaining structural health monitoring system’, Indian Patent filed on Dt. 10 Feb. 2015, 0359DEL2015