Faculty

Dr. Gowthaman Swaminathan

Assistant Professor

E-mail: gowthaman@iiitdm.ac.in | Ph: +91-44-27476365 | Room No: Faculty Room No:5, Ground Floor, Admin Building

Education

North Carolina A&T State University

USA

PhD, Mechanical Engineering

2004 - 2009

North Carolina A&T State University

USA

M.S., Mechanical Engineering

2002 - 2004

Bharathidasan University / Shanmugha College of Engineering

Tanjore, TN

B.E., Mechanical Engineering

1996 - 2000

Research Interests

  1. Polymers and composites

  2. Nanomaterials

  3. High temperature foams

  4. Experimental mechanics

Honours + Awards + Recognitions

  1. DST Young Scientist Award - Early career research grant - 2014

  2. Post Doctoral Fellowship - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012)

  3. Post Doctoral Fellowship - North Carolina A&T State University, USA (2010)

  4. Excellence in Academics - North Carolina A&T State University, USA (2009)

  5. Outstanding Academic Achievement - North Carolina A&T State University, USA (2008)

  6. Journal Reviewer - Journal of Composite Materials, Composites Part-A, AIAA, Journal of IEI (C)

  7. Convener - IDAD 2018 International Conference, VelTech (University), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

  8. PhD Thesis Evaluator - Bharati Vidyapeeth University (Pune), Visveswaraya Technological University, (Belagavi)

  9. Editorial committee - ICAM3D International Conference in Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing, February, 2015

  10. Coordinator - ICAM3D international conference in Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing, February, 2015.

  11. Session chair - MDEATED2014 International Conference, Taiwan, November 2014

  12. Honorary member AIAA Materials Technical Committee 2011, USA

  13. Secured 2nd Rank in subjects Thermal Engineering, Mechanics of Machines in UG

  14. Graduate Research Assistantship - 2002 to 2004, NC A&T State University, USA

  15. Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship - 2004 to 2009, NC A&T State University, USA

  16. Visited Germany - Underwent 5 weeks NDT training programme in University of Saarland, Germany and IZFP Fraunhofer, Germany

  17. Visited Taiwan - Visited several Taiwan Universities including National Cheng Kung University and Tamkang University for academic & research collaborations

  18. Short course - Thermoset Polymer Nanocomposites - Processing, Fabrication, and Characterization, ICCCFT-2011, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India, Jan 4-7, 2011

  19. Short course - Active Learning Methods - Orientation for faculty, VelTech (University), June 2015

  20. Short course - Orientation of R&D Opportunities for Freshman Students - VelTech (University), June - July, 2017

  21. Keynote lecture - Experiences in Processing of Thermoset based Nanocomposites,ICCES-2005, IIT Madras, Chennai, India, Dec 1-6, 2005

Work Experience

Teaching

  1. Associate Professor, Vel Tech (University), Jan 2013 - March 2018

Research

  1. DRDO-ERIPR (India) High strain rate characterisation of selective laser sintered materials for ballistic loading applications (Co-Principal Investigator)

  2. DST-TDT (India) Low cost and high efficiency thermoelectric cooler boxes for medicines, vaccines and bio-samples (Principal Investigator - recommended for funding)

  3. DST-SERB (India) ZnO nanowire modified fibers for interfacial studies and energy harvesting (Principal Investigator - completed)

  4. DSTA (Singapore) CNT-fiber based composites and thin films

  5. NASA (USA) Multifunctional nanomaterial reinforced composites

  6. WMR (USA) Novel methods for thermal and mechanical characterisation of carbon foams

  7. US Army (USA) Polymer nanofabric interleaved composite laminates

  8. ONR (USA) Re-examination of dynamic mechanical analysis of composites

  9. ONR (USA) Mechanical properties of glass and carbon / vinyl ester composite

  10. ONR (USA) Properties and characterisation of fire resistant eco-core material

Teaching

  1. Materials Science and Engineering Metallurgy

  2. Polymers and Composites

  3. Nanomaterials and Applications

  4. Selection of Materials for Tractors

  5. Selection of Materials for Automobiles

  6. Renewable Sources of Energy

  7. Lean Manufacturing

Books

  1. Research work on guidelines for Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) has been acknowledged in the text book "Dynamic Mechanical Analysis - A Practical Introduction " by Kevin Menard, CRC Press (USA)

Journal Publications

  1. S. Gowthaman, P. Chandrakumar, C. Gowrisankar, H. Gaelle, and U. Chandrasekhar, “Enhancing the Interfacial Strength of Glass/Epoxy Composites using ZnO Nanowires”, Composite Interfaces, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 151-168, DOI: 10.1080/09276440.2017.1341790, 2017.

  2. S. Gowthaman, C. GowriSankar, G. DilliBabu, VS. Hemakumar and U. Chandrasekhar, “A Review on Energy Harvesting using 3D Printed Fabrics for Wearable Electronics” Journal of Indian Institute of Engineers: Series C,. DOI: 10.1007/s40032-016-0267-4, December 2015.

  3. Gowthaman, S.,Shivakumar, K. N., and Mathiyalagan, P., “End-potting Concept for Compression Testing of Carbon Foams”, Experimental Techniques, doi:10.1111/ext.12071, October 2013.

  4. Gowthaman, S., and Shivakumar, K. N., “Thermomechanical and Fracture Properties of Exfoliated Nanoclay Nanocomposites”, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 30, No. 3, 2011, pp. 256-268.

  5. Gowthaman, S., and Shivakumar, K. N., “A Re-examination of DMA Testing of Polymer Matrix Composites”, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 28, No. 8, 2009, pp. 979-994.

  6. Gowthaman, S.,Shivakumar, K. N, and Larry, C. Russell Jr., “Anomalies, Influencing Factors and Guidelines for DMA Testing of Fiber Reinforced Composites”, Polymer Composites, Vol. 30, No. 7, 2009, pp. 962-969.

  7. Shivakumar, K. N., Lingaiah, S., Chen, H., Akangah, P., Swaminathan, G., and Larry, C. Russell Jr., “Polymer Nanofabric Interleaved Composite Laminates”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 47, No. 7, 2009, pp. 1723-1729.

  8. Gowthaman, S.,Shivakumar, K. N., and Sharpe, M. M., “Mechanical Properties of Glass and T700 Carbon/Vinyl Ester Composites,” Journal of Advanced Materials, Vol. 38, No.2, April 2006, pp. 52-63.

  9. Shivakumar, K. N., Argade, S. D., Sadler, R. L., Sharpe, M. M., Dunn, L., Gowthaman, S., and U. Sorathia, “Processing and Properties of a Lightweight Fire Resistant Core Material for Sandwich Structures,” Journal of Advanced Materials, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2006, pp. 32-38.

  10. Shivakumar, K. N., Gowthaman, S., and Sharpe, M. M., “Carbon/Vinyl Ester Composites for Enhanced Performance in Marine Applications,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol-25, No. 10, 2006, pp. 1101-1116.

Conference Publications

  1. Gowthaman, S.,GowriSankar, C., and Chandrakumar, P., “Evaluation of Tensile Properties of Natural Silk and Coir Fibers”, 2nd International Conference on Innovative Design, Analysis, and Development Practices in Aerospace and Automotive Engineering (IDAD), Chennai, February 2016.

  2. Gowthaman, S.,GowriSankar, C., DilliBabu, G., Hemakumar, V.S., and Chandrasekhar, U., “A Review on Energy Harvesting using 3D Printed Fabrics for Wearable Electronics”, International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (ICAM3D), February 2015, Chennai.

  3. Gowthaman, S., Jinnah, A., Gowrishankar, R., and Hemakumar V.S., “Performance of Evaluation of Thermoelectric Refrigeration Concepts”, The 2nd International Conference of Multi-Disciplines of Engineering on Advanced Technology and Environmentalism Design (MDEATED2014), November 2014, Tainan, Taiwan.

  4. Gowthaman, S.,Babu, JM, Mathiyalagan, P., and Shivakumar, K., “Improved Methods for Thermal and Compression Testing of Carbon Foams”, International Conference on Innovative Design, Analysis, and Development Practices in Aerospace and Automotive Engineering (IDAD), Chennai, February 2014.

  5. Sarala Rubi, G. Swaminathan, Renganathan, “Role of Nanostructured Materials in Recent Developments of Thermoelectric Nanocomposites”, ICNFA, Coimbatore, July 2013.

  6. Swaminathan, G., and Shivakumar, K. N., “An Improved Method for Compression Testing of Foam Materials”, AIAA-2011-2107, April 4-7, 2011, Denver, CO.

  7. Swaminathan, G., Hossain, M., and Shivakumar, K. N., “Mechanical Characterization of Nanosilica/Epoxy Nanocomposites”, AIAA-2010-2643, April 12-15, 2010, Orlando, FL.

  8. Swaminathan, G., and Shivakumar, K. N., “Experimental Investigation and Development of Guidelines for DMA Testing of Polymeric Composites,” AIAA-2008-2036, April 7-10, 2008, Schaumburg, IL.

  9. Swaminathan, G., and Shivakumar, K. N., “Influences of Filler/Matrix Interaction on Exfoliation of Nanoclays in Epoxy Matrix,” 22nd Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington September 17-19, 2007.

  10. Swaminathan, G.,Shivakumar, K. N, “Mechanical Performance of Glass and Carbon/Vinyl Ester Composites for Marine Structures,” AIAA-2005-1997, Austin, TX, April 18-21, 2005.

  11. Swaminathan, G., Sadler, R. L., Lingaiah, S., Shivakumar, K. N., “Processing and Mechanical Characterization of Vinyl Ester based Nanocomposites,” ICCES-2005, Chennai, India, Dec 1-6, 2005.

  12. Rashmi, Renukappa, N. M., Swaminathan, G., and Siddaramaiah, “Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Clay on Dielectric Properties of Epoxy Nanocomposites”, 9th International Conference on Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM 2009), Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, July 19-23, 2009.

  13. Shivakumar, K. N., Sadler, R. L., Lingaiah, S., Chen, H., Akangah, P., Swaminathan, G., and Sharpe, M. M., “ElectrospunnedNanofabric Interleaving to Enhance the Toughness of Composite Laminates”, IUTAM-MMSS08-Multi-functional Material Structures Conference, Bangalore, India, December 10-13, 2008.

  14. Argade, S. D., Shivakumar, K. N., Sadler, R. L., Sharpe, M. M., Swaminathan, G., and Sorathia, U., “Mechanical Fire Resistance Properties of a Core Material,” SAMPE 2004, May 16-20, 2004 Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.

  15. Sadler, R. L, Sharpe, M. M, Swaminathan, G., and Shivakumar, K. N., “Mechanical Properties of Panels Fabricated by the VARTM Processed Composites Using Different Fibers and Fabric Architectures, 18th Annual Technical Conference of ASC, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 19-22 October, 2003.

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