Dr. K. V. Nagendra Gopal




Dr. K. V. Nagendra Gopal
Associate Professor

Office Address:


Department of Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, 600036


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  • B.Tech (Aero) Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • M.S. (Aero) Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. (Aero) Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore




Professional Experience:




  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Indian Institute of Science
  • Research Engineer, GE Global Research , Bangalore
  • Faculty member, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras




Areas of expertise:



Advanced Composites & multifunctional smart materials, Vibrations, Vibro-Acoustics & Aero-elasticity, Fracture mechanics & Structural health monitoring




Research Interests:




  • Mechanics of Composites and Smart Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Structural Acoustics
  • Aeroelastic Analysis and Design of Wind Turbine Blades
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Computational Mechanics and Multi-scale modelling




Research Projects (Past and Ongoing):



  • Shape memory composites for morphing structures
  • Vibro-acoustics of layered and sandwich advanced composites and FGMs
  • Design of sandwich multifunctional composites with foam core.
  • Rolling Resistance estimation in radial tyres
  • Constitutive Modelling and Simplified Models for a Radial Tyre
  • Design of smart wind turbine rotor blades through aeroelastic tailoring and multifunctional materials.
  • Wake Turbulence and 3-D Dynamic Stall Modelling in Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT) using CFD




Research Group



Ph.D. (Ongoing 5 + 1*)

1.   N. Chandra (External, NAL) 2012-2016 (thesis submitted)

Analytical and experimental investigations on vibro-acoustic behaviour of functionally graded plates.

2.   Aditya Sabale : (July 2013 - )

Modelling and analysis of non-linear aeroelastic response of composite wind turbine blades.

3.   U Balavishnu (April 2014 - )

Analytical and semi-analytical solutions for exact 3-D models of layered and functionally graded plates

4.   R. Abishera (co-guide : Prof. R. Velmurugan, July 2014 - )

Design of Morphing structures using polymer composites

5.   Avnish Pandey (July 2015 -)

Vibro-acoustics of advanced composites structures

6.   M. N. Murthy Patnaik (external from ISRO , July 2015-)

Structural Health Monitoring and wave propagation in heterogeneous media


M.S. (Ongoing - 3)

1.   Rohit Vasishta (External, ADA to be submitted shortly)

Effect of fluid-structure-thermal interaction on the mechanical yaw thrust vectoring efficiency of a rectangular high aspect ratio nozzle.

2.   Nisar Fatima ( to be submitted by July 2015)

Aeroelastic modelling and analysis of wake turbulence and 3-D dynamic stall in large scale horizontal axis wind turbine.

3.   Guruprasad Pradeep Hegde (Jan 2016 - )


M. S. (Graduated -5)

1.     U. Balavishnu (2014) converted to PhD

Static and elastodynamic analysis of multifunctional sandwich composites using state-space differential quadrature method.

2.     Ramesh Gedhar (2014) (presently with LM Wind Power, Bangalore)

Coupled CFD-FEM aero-elastic modelling of 3-bladed horizontal axis wind turbine rotor with unsteady aerodynamic effects

3.     Swapnil Bhende (2011) (presently with Eaton Technologies, Pune)
Bend-Twist Coupled Dynamic Response of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Rotor

4.     Kota Vidyasagar (2011) (presently with Airbus Engineering Centre, India, Bangalore)
Finite element modelling for estimating rolling resistance in radial tires

5.     Rajeev John (2010, Senior engineer GE Aviation, Bengaluru)

Finite element modelling of fracture in functionally graded materials under low velocity impact.

M.Tech. (Graduating in 2016)

1.     Mohit Garg

Hybrid semi-active and active vibration damping of sandwich composites.

2.     Pooja Sharma

Vibrations and damping analysis of sandwich composites with magnetorheological (MR) elastomer core



M.Tech. (Graduated - 22)

1.     D. Sharanya (DD)(2015)

Crack growth modelling in a solid rocket propellant using XFEM

2.     Amique Ukani (2015)

Analytical and numerical modelling of shape memory polymers

3.     Praneel Kumar (2015)

Analysis of Nonlinear vibrations and damping of sandwich composites with viscoelastic core

4.     S. Vijay Kishore (2014)

Nonlinear vibrations of laminated and sandwich plates using homotopy perturbation method

5.     Dharmendra Bhardwaj (2014)

Analysis of the sandwich composite plates with viscoelastic core

6.     Arunmozhi (2014)

XFEM analysis of crack growth in solid rocket propellants

7.     Y. Manohar Reddy (DD) (2014)

Aeroelasticity of composite wind turbine rotor blades

8.     Jadhav Krishna Balu (2014)

Finite element analysis of composite patch repairs on composite plates

9.     Jasraj Asdev (2013)

Vibration analysis of syntactic foam core sandwich plates using asymptotic theory

10.  Manoj Jain (2013)

An asymptotic theory for dynamic response of piezoelectric composites

11.  Charles Prabhakaran (2013)

Finite element modelling of the delamination resistance of a carbon nanotube reinforced composite laminate

12.  M. Sivaprasath (DD, 2013)

Finite element modelling of crack retardation in composites by actuation of piezo-fiber and active structural fiber reinforced layers

13.  Sameer Jitkar (DD, 2012) (currently with Airbus Engineering Centre, Bangalore)
Biomechanics of a human femur modelling the bone as a heterogeneous material

14.  Prashanth Pinnamaneni (DD, 2012)
Mechanics of multifunctional composites with piezoelectric structural fibres.

15.  N. V. Shivaram (DD, 2012)

Fracture analysis of interface arc cracks between a piezoelectric fiber embedded in a matrix.

16.  N. Chandra (2010)
Active Structural Acoustic Control Studies on a Typical Aircraft Panel

17.  Mudasser Uddin (2010)
Analysis of a circular arc interface crack between a piezoelectric fibre and a homogeneous elastic matrix.

18.  Sandeep Patil (2010)

Fracture analysis of crack in functionally graded piezoelectric layer bonded to two dissimilar homogeneous piezoelectric half planes.

19.  Mohith Manjunath (DD, 2010)

Modelling the Elastic Buckling Behaviour of Carbon Nanotubes

20.  Ashith Paulson (DD, 2009)
Numerical Modeling of Wind Turbine Aeroelasticity

21.  Suvendu Mahapatra (2008)
Finite Element Analysis of interface Cracks between a FGM and a homogeneous layer

22.  Amuthan R. Arunkumar (DD, 2006)
A nonlinear finite element based aeroelastic solver for rod-like structures