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Research Scientist

Teledyne Scientific Company

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Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Multifunctional Composites

Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan




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Brief Introduction


I currently am a Research Scientist at Teledyne Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks, CA. I also am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Multifunctional Composites. I hold a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Delaware and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.





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Research Interests


- Large scale, dynamic, non linear finite element analysis

- Ceramic matrix composites for hypersonic vehicle aeroshells

- Manufacturing and testing of C/SiC CMCs

- Design of complex textile weave architectures
Simulating the ballistic impact of woven fabrics and textile composites
Material model development of fiber, yarn, fabric, and composite structures
Multiscale modeling of composite materials and structures
Probabilistic computational techniques
- V0 to V100 penetration response of composite armor
- Experimental and statistical characterization of composite materials
- Preprocessors to automatically create 3D FE models of textile composites

- Fiber-matrix interface characterization and modeling

- Sustainable manufacturing of composites using OOA-VBO prepregs

- Defect reduction and manufacture of complex shapes using OOA-VBO prepregs

- Re-use or upcycling of prepreg scrap and waste

- Impact simulations and crashworthiness using LS-DYNA
Dynamic axial crushing of cylindrical shells
Occupant survivability during crash, mine blast
Energy absorbing structures
(click here to see some sample research movies)



Professional Affiliations and Memberships (past and present*)


- American Society for Composites (ASC)*
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
- International Ballistics Society (IBS)
- Sigma Xi
- Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)*
- Textile Institute
- The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)

- The Fiber Society
- United States Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM)

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