Prof. G.B. Delkumburewatte

Professor

Faculty of Engineering Technology
professor
Contact:

CRC, 3rd floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : W5

Office: +94112881307, Ext: 307 Mobile: +94714483978

Email: gbdel@ou.ac.lk delkumburewattegb@yahoo.com


Prof. Delkumburewatte obtained his Dipl.-Ing. from the Technical University, Dresden, Germany in 1977. He joined the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology of the Open University in 1988 as a Demonstrator and was later appointed as a Lecturer in 1990. He was awarded the MPhil degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka in 1997. He was awarded a fellowship by the British council for special training in Distance Education jointly conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka and Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India in the year 1997. He is an Associate Member of the Textile Institute – UK and a Chartered Textile Technologist. He was awarded a fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for special training at the Technical University of Dresden in 2000. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree by The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, in March 2008. He returned to the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology of the Open University of Sri Lanka and worked as a Senior Lecturer until September 2011. He became a Professor in Textile & Apparel Technology in October 2011.

Area of Specification:

Textile and Apparel

Research Intrests:

Quality assurance of fabrics Thread stress during stitch formation Sri Lankan vegetable fibres Effective strategies in distance teaching Cooling garment for extreme conditions Comfort socket liners for amputees

Affiliations:

Consultant research and and development unit SLITA (Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel) Visiting lecture Colombo University, Faculty of visual arts, Brandix collage of Clothing Technology, Panel member for standardization Sri Lanka standard Institute

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Awards:

1969-1971 offered by the Government of Sri Lanka for studying A/L in science stream at the Pinnawala central, Rambukkana, 1972 -1977 Scholarship offered by the government of German Democratic Republic to study Textile Engineering at the University of Dreasden, Germany, 1974 Award a package tour to Leningrad and Moscow as appreciation of good work to the south east Asia student group, 1997 by the British council (ODA) UK to study curriculum development procedures and ODL research at the IGNOU, 2000 offered by the DAAD (German academic exchange services) to do research study at the Institute of Textiel and Bekleidung, Technical University Dresden, Germany, 2005 April to 2006 March, one year research grant offered by the William Lee Innovation centre to do research study leading to Mphil at the department of Textile and Paper, School of Material, University of Manchester, UK, 2006 April to 2008 March, two year research grant offered by the William Lee Innovation centre with the Remploy Frontline Ltd. to continue research study leading to PhD at the department of Textile and Paper, School of Material, University of Manchester, UK Open university Research award (Award shared),

Researches:

a. Open University’s New Engineering Curriculum. Is it really Open?, OUR Engineering Technology, September 1999, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp 12 – 20 (equal contribution with Dr.Ariyadurai) b. Technik Zur Konfection von Machenwaren auf der IMB Koeln 2000, Melliand Textil Berichte, Volume 81, September 2000 c. The influence of moisture content on the thermal conductivity of a knitted structure 2007, Mesurement5 science and technology, Vol 18,(no.5), pp1304-1314 d. Porosity and Capillarity of Weft Knitted Spacer Structures, Fibers and Polymers 2009, Vol.10, No.2, 226-230 e. Changing porosity by changing the tightness, Fibre and polymer, 2008, vol. 9, No1, p76-79 f. Analysis of water absorbency into knitted spacer structures, Journal of the Textile Institute, June 2009, p143-153 g. Wearable cooling system to mange Heat under protective clothing, Journal of the Textile Institute, August 2011, pages 1-7 a. Influence of Porosity and Moisture on Heat Transfer Characteristic of Knitted Structures, Proceeding of the 85th Textile Institute world conference 1-3rd March 2007,Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp182 -198 b. Thermal conductivity measurement of Fabrics, proceeding of the Annual Academic sessions OUSL 15th -16th October 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka c. Theoretical model to estimate thermal conductivity of wet porous structures, proceeding of the Annual Academic sessions OUSL 15th -16th October 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka d. Analysis of water take up by capillary system in a textile structure, proceeding of the Annual Academic sessions OUSL, 18th -19th December 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka e. Properties and characteristics of compression bandages availablke in Sri Lanka for treatment of compression therapy, proceeding of the Annual Academic sessions OUSL, 14th -15th 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka (major contribution by Dr. Delkumburewatte) f. Properties and characteristics of fibres of Roselle plant , proceeding of the Annual Academic sessions OUSL, 14th -15th September 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka a. The Influence of Moisture content of a Knitted structure on its Thermal Conductivity, Poster presentation International conference Knitting 2005, 20-21 June: Global Challenges William Lee Innovation Centre, The university of Manchester b. Thermal Conductivity of Wet Fabric, Poster presentation International Composite conference 2006, William Lee Innovation Centre, School of Materials, the University of Manchester c. Variation of Thermal characteristics of Knitted structures with the increase of Porosity and Moisture in the Structure. Postgraduate Conference, School of Materials, University of Manchester, 14th – 16th May 2007. d. Investigation of properties of Sansaveria fibres as an alternative fibre for biodegradable Geotextiles, Annual session of the Open University, Colombo, 7th December 2004 e. An Investigation into the development of a Cooling Knitted Structure to Manage Heat and Sweat, School of Material, conference paper publish abstract, The University of Manchester 15th to 17th May 2006

Ongoing Research:

Development of comfort socket gel liners for amputees Preparing a database relevant to Textile and Apparel Industry in Sri lanka for suggesting strategies to develop the industry

Research Supervisions:

MPhil. Research, Banana Fibre composites, researcher MAI Perera (Natural Fibre) Msc. Research, Dimensional stability of weft knitted fabrics researcher Iresha Ambalangoda (Knitting) Msc Research, self cleaning linen fabrics Researcher Ayomi Perera (nano technology)

Publications:

a. The Development of a cooling system in a knitted structure to manage heat and moisture under extreme conditions, A thesis submitted to the University of Manchester for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science, 2008 b. Investigation in to the properties of Sri Lankan vegetable fibres, A thesis submitted to the Open University of Sri Lanka for the degree of Master of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Engineering Technology, 1997 c. Theoretical and experimental study of sewing thread tension during high speed sewing “Praktishe und teoretische Untersucung von naeh Faden waerend der naeh procee” Thesis submitted for the Msc. (Dipl.-Ing) 1977, TU Dresden, Germany d. Quality assurance of polyamide blend material made on rapier looms “Qualitaet sicherung von polyamide misch Gewebe on Greipe Technique”, as a third year Research component report (Vor Diplom) Weberei Goelitz, 1975, e. Weft knitted structure for Moisture Management, Advanced Knitting Technology Edited by K.F.Au, Woodhead Publishing Ltd., 2000 f. “Geometrical analysis and porosity model of plain knitted structures” Monograph series OUSL press

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