Dr. K.K. “Muralee” Muraleetharan

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Sustainable Water & Energy Infrastructure
Kimmell-Bernard Chair in Engineering | David Ross Boyd & Presidential Professor
School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science
University of Oklahoma
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B.S. | Civil Engineering | University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka | 1983
M.S. | Civil Engineering | University of California, Davis, CA | 1987
Ph.D. | Civil Engineering | University of California, Davis, CA | 1990
Research Interests: 

Dr. Kanthasamy K. “Muralee” Muraleetharan holds the Kimmell-Bernard Chair in Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and is a David Ross Boyd and Presidential Professor in the OU School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science. He is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Muralee's research focuses on the simulation of static and dynamic behavior of two- (saturated soils) and three-phase (unsaturated soils) porous media using finite element methods; centrifuge testing; laboratory testing of saturated and unsaturated soils; constitutive modeling; soil-structure interaction; and infrastructure resilience.

Dr. Muralee serves as Team Lead of the OK NSF EPSCoR project's Focus Area 4: Sustainable Water and Energy Infrastructure (SI). The SI focus area's primary goal is to develop an aggregated resilience model to characterize the influence of diverse stakeholders’ decision-making behavior on the functions of interdependent infrastructure systems. Through the development of this model, Dr. Muralee and his co-researchers in the SI focus area will advance understanding of the ways in which Oklahoma’s interdependent water and energy infrastructures interact with severe weather, S2S extremes (pluvial events and droughts), carbon cycle patterns (changing land use and increased frequency and scope of wildfires), and water management/reuse patterns (both surface and subsurface, requiring siting and sizing including increases in storage and pipeline capacities). This understanding will facilitate the development of an array of solution options for enhancing the state's infrastructure resilience that span the project focus areas (weather, water, and carbon/land use), enabling socially sustainable solutions.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project.

Key Publications: 
  • Zhang, B., and Muraleetharan, K.K. 2018. Liquefaction of Level Ground Unsaturated Sand Deposits Using a Validated Fully Coupled Analysis Procedure. International Journal of Geomechanics. ASCE, 18(10). 
  • Harvey Jr., P.S., Heinrich, S.K., and Muraleetharan, K.K. 2018. A Framework for Post-earthquake Response Planning in Emerging Seismic Regions: An Oklahoma Case Study. Earthquake Spectra. 34(2):503-525. 
  • Taghavi, A., Muraleetharan, K.K., and Miller, G.A. 2017. Nonlinear Seismic Behavior of Pile Groups in Cement-improved Soft Clay. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. 99:189-202. 
  • Quiroga, A.J., Thompson, Z.M., Muraleetharan, K.K., Miller, G.A., and Cerato, A.B. 2017. Stress-strain Behavior of Cement-improved Clays: Testing and Modeling. Acta Geotechnica. 12:1003-1020. 
  • Liu, C., Soltani, H., Muraleetharan, K.K., Cerato, A.B., Miller, G.A., and Sritharan, S. 2016. Cyclic and Seismic Response of Single Piles in Improved and Unimproved Soft Clays. Acta Geotechnica 11: 1431-1444. 
  • Soltani, H., Muraleetharan, K.K., and Runolfsson, T. 2016. Modal Identification of a Centrifuge Soil Model Using Subspace State Space Method. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 88:280-296. 
  • Ravichandran, N., Muraleetharan, K.K., Taylor, L.M., and Mish, K.D. 2016. Uniform Gradient Element Formulation with Hourglass Control Scheme for Solving Fully Coupled Finite Element Governing Equations for Saturated Soils. International Journal of Geomechanics ASCE, 16(1). 
  • Fleming, B.J., Sritharan, S., Miller, G.A., Muraleetharan, K.K. 2016. Full-scale Seismic Testing of Piles in Improved and Unimproved Soft Clay. Earthquake Spectra 32(1):239-265. 
  • Liu, C., and Muraleetharan, K.K. 2012. Coupled Hydro-mechanical Elastoplastic Constitutive Model for Unsaturated Sands and Silts. I: Formulation. International Journal of Geomechanics ASCE 12(3): 239–247. 
  • Kolar, R.L, Sabatini, D.A., and Muraleetharan, K.K. 2009. Sooner City: Reflections on a Curriculum Reform Project. In: Designing Courses for Significant Learning: Voices of Experience, L. D. Fink and A.K. Fink (eds.). Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. pp. 89-95.
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