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Ramamurthy Prabhakaran

  • Ramamurthy Prabhakaran
  • Eminent Professor
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • 238m Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3732
  • rprabhak@odu.edu
  • Education

    Illinois Institute of Technology, 1970
    Major: Mechanical Eng., Mechanics/Materials Science
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Indian Institute of Sciences, 1967
    Major: Machine Design
    Degree: M.E.
    Indian Institute of Technology, 1965
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Leader in composites Research and prominently featured in the publication, COMPOSITES IN VIRGINIA, prepared for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1999: College of Engineering and Technology Research Award
  • 1999: University Nominee for the State Council of Higher Education’s Year 2000 Outstanding Faculty Awards Program
  • 1998: International Advisory Board, for the Fifth International Conference on Composites Engineering, Las Vegas
  • 1995: Outstanding Faculty Award, ASME Student Chapter of ODU
  • 1991: Certificate of Recognition and Cash Award for the disclosure of an Inventive Contribution entitled, "Conductive Gauge for Crack-length Measurement,", NASA, Langley Research Center
  • 1987: Award for "Shear Testing of Composites"
  • 1986: Best Paper Award for "Measurement of Contact Angle in a Clearance-fit Pin-loaded Hole,", Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    An Experimental Investigation of Damage Resistance and Damage Tolerance of Composite Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center
    Date: June 1, 2001 - January 31, 2003
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Automated Tow Placement Processing and Characterization of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: December 18, 2001 - October 31, 2002
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Automated Tow Placement Processing and Characterization of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: July 1, 2001 - January 8, 2002
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    PAC-3 Mentor-Protégé Composites Testing and Manufacturing Process Improvement
    Sponsoring Organization: Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (Lockheed Martin Vought)
    Date: August 5, 1999 - December 31, 1999
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    A Comparison of Quasi-Static Indentation and Drop-Weight Impact Testing on Carbon/Epoxy Laminates
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: December, 1998 - December 15, 1999
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    PAC-3 Mentor-Protégé Composites Testing and Manufacturing Process Improvement
    Sponsoring Organization: Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (Lockheed Martin Vought )
    Date: June 1, 1999 - August 4, 1999
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    PAC-3 Mentor-Protégé Composites Testing and Manufacturing Process Improvement
    Sponsoring Organization: Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads ( Lockheed Martin Vought)
    Date: June 15, 1998 - May 1, 1999
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Mechanical Characterization of Ceramic-LaRC SI Polymer Composites for Wear-Resistant Applications
    Sponsoring Organization: SBIR-Phase II Proposal
    Date: 1996 - 1998
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Failure Characteristics of Honeycomb Sandwich Structures and Aircraft Alloys
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1997 - November, 1998
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Applications of Biaxially Stretched Thermoplastic Polymers
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP Fellowship
    Date: August, 1996 - August, 1997
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Progressive Damage in Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1995 - November, 1996
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Measurement of Mechanical Properties of Ceramic-Polymer Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: Lo TEC (Low Thermal Expansion Ceramics) Co.
    Date: March, 1996 - July, 1996
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Experimental Study of Time Dependent Behavior of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1994 - November, 1995
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Progressive Damage in Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1994 - November, 1995
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Characterization of the Behavior of Composite Shell Structures under Combined Mechanical and Internal Pressure Loading
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: August, 1994 - August, 1995
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Experimental Study of Time Dependent Behavior of Composite
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1993 - November, 1994
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Progressive Damage in Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1993 - November, 1994
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Characterization of the Behavior of Composite Shell Structures under Combined Mechanical and Internal Pressure Loading
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: August, 1993 - August, 1994
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: 1992 - 1993
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Time Dependent Behavior of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1992 - October, 1993
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Investigation of Progressive Damage in Composite Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: October, 1992 - September, 1993
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Characterization of the Behavior of Composite Shell Structures under Combined Mechanical and Internal Pressure Loading
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP Fellowship for Mark Robeson
    Date: August, 1992 - August, 1993
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Role of Constituents in Organic-matrix Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1991 - November, 1992
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Investigation of Five-point Bend Test for Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: October, 1991 - October, 1992
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Fatigue and Fracture of Aluminum Alloys
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: May, 1992 - August, 1992
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Time Dependent Behavior of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: August, 1991 - May, 1992
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Thermal-mechanical Analysis of Metal Matrix Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: September, 1991 - December, 1991
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Role of Constituents in Organic-matrix Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1990 - October, 1991
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Investigation of Five-point Bend Test for Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: October, 1990 - October, 1991
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Thermal-mechanical Analysis of Metal Matrix Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: April, 1991 - August, 1991
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Time Dependent Behavior of Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: January, 1991 - August, 1991
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Measurement of the Interfacial Strain Distribution in Adhesively Bonded, Stiffened Plate
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: November, 1989 - October, 1990
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Measurement of Interfacial Strain Distribution in Adhesively Bonded, Stiffened Plate
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: October, 1988 - October, 1989
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Investigation of Interfacial Strains in a Bonded Stiffened Plate
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: October, 1987 - October, 1988
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Investigation of Interfacial Strains in a Bonded Stiffened Plate
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: February, 1987 - October, 1987
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    A Study of the Strength and Toughness of Laminates Subjected to Bearing Loads
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: October, 1985 - October, 1986
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Residual Stress Measurements in Graphite/Polyimide Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, LaRC
    Date: October, 1985 - October, 1986
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Structural Efficiency Studies of Advanced Aero thermal Compression Panels
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA/LaRC
    Date: October, 1985 - October, 1986
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Development of an Algorithm and Computer code for 3-Dimensional Geometric Non-linear Analysis
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, LaRC
    Date: August, 1985 - December, 1985
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    A Photoelastic Investigation of Shear Tests for Composite Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, LaRC
    Date: October, 1984 - October, 1985
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    A Study of the Strength and Toughness of Laminates Subjected to Bearing Loads
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: October, 1984 - October, 1985
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Modeling of Low-Velocity Impact Damage of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: October, 1984 - October, 1985
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    A Study of the Strength and Toughness of Laminates Subjected to Bearing Loads
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: January, 1984 - October, 1984
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Modeling of Low-Velocity Impact Damage of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: October, 1983 - October, 1984
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Aero thermal Structural Concepts Study
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: December, 1982 - December, 1983
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    An Investigation of Residual Stresses in Advanced Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: November, 1982 - October, 1983
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Separation of Principal Stresses in Photo-Orthotropic-Elasticity
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: January, 1981 - June, 1983
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Aero thermal Structural Concepts Study
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: November, 1981 - October, 1982
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Equipment for Application of Photoelasticity to Composite Model Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: September, 1980 - August, 1981
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Application of Photo-orthotropic-elasticity to Plane Problems in Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: November, 1979 - October, 1980
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Stress Analysis and Low-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Composite Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: Atomic Energy Commission, government of India
    Date: 1976 - 1979
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Photoelastic Studies of Advanced Lap Joint Concepts
    Sponsoring Organization: National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Langley Research Center
    Date: March, 1979 - August, 1979
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
    Dynamic Response of Fibre Reinforced Composites
    Sponsoring Organization: Aeronautics Research and Development Board, Ministry of Defense, Government of India
    Date: 1973 - 1978
    Investigators:Prabhakaran, R.
  • Intellectual Property

    METHOD OF CONTINUOUSLY DETERMINING CRACK LENGTH
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Inventors:
    Prabhakaran, R.