Composite Structures Laboratory

Anthony Waas

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Mark Pankow
Trisha Sain
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Siva Shankar Rudraraju

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Dianyun Zhang
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University of Michigan
Aerospace Engineering

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Siva Shankar Rudraraju
Postdoctoral Fellow

Computational Physics Group
3003 EECS Building,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering and Scientific Computing (expected 2010)
    Thesis: "On the analysis and numerical simulation of crack propagation in fiber reinforced composites" (more)
    Advisors: Prof.Anthony Waas, Prof.Krishna Garikipati
  • MS, Aerospace Engineering (2009)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering (2007)
  • B.Tech, Mining Machinery Engineering (2005) @ Indian School of Mines (ISM Dhanbad), India


  • The Jefferson Goblet Award for the best student paper at the 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, May 2009, Palm Springs, CA. (more)
  • DAAD scholarship for the International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) exchange programme, May 2004. (more)
  • ISM (Ministry of Human Resource Development, India) Scholarship, May 2001-April 2005. Full tuition fee & living expenses coverage for undergraduate education.


  • Modeling fracture and failure in laminated composites using the Variational Multiscale Cohesive Method (2008-ongoing).
    Sponsor: NASA, Collier Research (Ares V Integrated Vehicle Health Management project)
  • Damage progression and failure using cohesive elements in finite element codes: An investigation to improve convergence incorporating physics based modeling techniques (2007-2008).
    Sponsor: Boeing (787 Dreamliner project)
  • Development of a comprehensive FEA post-processor for J-integral calculations in standard fracture models. (2005-2006).
    Sponsor: Institute for Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics, TU Freiberg, Germany.
  • Vibration analysis based rotor unbalance fault detection and correction (2004-2005).
    Sponsor: University Grants Commission (UGC), India.
  • Implementation of 3D J-integral calculation procedure in ANSYS parametric language (2004).
    Sponsor: , FZD, Dresden, Germany.
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