Dr. Harshavardhan Kalathur is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department in the École Centrale School of Engineering, at Mahindra University. His research interests are in the area of high-performance materials with applications across diverse disciplines. Specifically, his research group works on studying the underlying mechanisms that govern mechanical behaviour of materials with structure. These kinds of materials are popularly known as mechanical metamaterials. The scope of research includes design, simulation, fabrication, experimental validation and optimization of structural parameters, for best performance. His research group makes use of contemporary design tools along with state-of-the-art experimental apparatus for conducting mechanical metamaterials research.
Design and development of high-performance materials with structure, systems for diverse applications.
Research lifecycle includes modelling, computational analysis and optimization, fabrication, testing and validation.
Concepts such as Negative Stiffness, Negative Poisson’s ratio (Auxetic) for developing designed materials that exhibit unique mechanical properties, are explored.
The over-arching theme is to combine otherwise mutually exclusive properties such as Modulus and Damping, Strength and Weight, Modulus and Weight, Strength and Toughness, etc. to develop designed material systems, for high performance.
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