Dr.Nageswara Rao B

Dr. B. Nageswara Rao
Professor
Phone: +91-44-22574285
Email: bnrao@iitm.ac.in

Education
Professional Experience
Research Interests

Developing new computational techniques in the areas of

  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Meshless analysis
  • Computer-aided design
  • Structural reliability
  • Optimization
  • Stochastic mechanics
  • Fracture analysis
  • Crack propagation simulation studies & related fields
Recent Publications
As of today, authored 5 books/monographs, 5 book chapters, 57 international journal papers, 25 national journal papers, 139 international conference papers, and 16 national conference papers. All international journal papers have been published in first-rate journals, including ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Computers and Geotechnics, Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Engineering Computations, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Engineering Structures, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, International Journal of Fatigue, International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, International Journal of Solids and Structures, International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Mechanics of Materials, and Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics.
 
Books/Monographs:
1.   R. Chowdhury, and B.N. Rao, High Dimensional Model Representation for Reliability Analysis, VDM Publishing House Ltd., 2010, ISBN-NR.: 978-3-639-27580-3.
2.   K. N. Rajesh, B.N. Rao, Coupled Meshfree and Fractal Finite Element Method, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, 2010, ISBN-NR.: 978-3-8433-5214-7.
3.   R. M. Reddy, B.N. Rao, Fractal Finite Element Method, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, 2010, ISBN-NR.: 978-3-8383-9483-1.
4.   C. O. Arun, B.N. Rao, S. M. Srinivasan, Stochastic Meshfree Method: For elasto-plastic damage analysis, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8383-8297-5.
5.   A. S. Balu, B.N. Rao, Structural Reliability Bounds: Under Mixed Uncertainties, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, 2012, ISBN 978-3-8484-0488-9.
 
Book Chapters:
1.      R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao,A. Meher Prasad, HDMR based Stochastic Finite Element Analysis for Random Field, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structures, Infrastructures and Engineering Systems – Furuta, Frangopol & Shinozuka (eds), 2010, Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-47557-0.
2.      R. M. Reddy, B.N. Rao, On Efficient Evaluation of Derivatives of Fracture Parameters using Fractal Finite Element Method, Computational Mechanics, 2009, Part 3, Part 1, 226, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-75999-7_26.
3.       C. O. Arun, B.N. Rao, S. M. Sivakumar, An Application of Stochastic Meshfree Method in the Field of Fracture Mechanics, Computational Mechanics, 2009, Part 3, Part 1, 227, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-75999-7_27.
4.       R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao,A. Meher Prasad, A Practical Solution of the Random Eigenvalue Problems using Factorized Decomposition Technique, Computational Mechanics, 2009, Part 3, Part 14, 408, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-75999-7_208.
5.      R. Praveen Kumar, G.R. Dodagoudar, and B. N. Rao, Contaminant Transport Modelling Using EFGM, Theoretical and Numerical Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, Springer Proceedings in Physics, 2007, Volume 113, Part III, 225-231, DOI: 10.1007/3-540-69876-0_23.
 
Refereed Journals Papers:
1.      A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao Estimation of Membership Function of Design Variables Using HDMR and FFT, Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, 2013
2.      A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Bounds on reliability of structures with multiple design points using MHDMR, Society for Reliability and Safety (SRESA) Journal of Life Cycle Reliability and Safety Engineering, 2012
3.      A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Confidence Bounds on Design Variables Using HDMR Based Inverse Reliability Analysis, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 2012
4.      A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Membership Function of Failure Probability Using Multicut-High Dimensional Model Representation, International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering, 2012
5.      V. Unnikrishnan, A.M. Prasad, and B.N. Rao, Development of Fragility Curves Using High Dimensional Model Representation, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 2012
6.      B.N. Rao, A. Kalanad, Improved Two−Dimensional Cracked Finite Element for Crack Fault Diagnosis, Computer Assisted Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, 2012
7.      D. Mukherjee, B.N. Rao, and A.M. Prasad, Cut-HDMR Based Fully Equivalent Operational Model for Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Structure, Sadhana, 2012
8.      A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Inverse structural reliability analysis under mixed uncertainties using high dimensional model representation and fast Fourier transform, Engineering Structures, 2012
9.      M.V.N. Sivakumar, B.N. Rao, S.R. Satishkumar, The Effect of Pressure induced Hoop Stress on Bi-axially Loaded Through wall Cracked Cylindrical Structures – A Strain Based Method, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 110-116, No. 4, pp. 1525-1530, 2012
10. A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Multicut-High Dimensional Model Representation for Structural Reliability Bounds Estimation Under Mixed Uncertainties, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2011
11. V. Anand, B. S. V. Patnaik, and B.N. Rao, Efficient Extraction of Vortex Structures by Coupling Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) and High Dimensional Model Representation (HDMR) Techniques, Numerical Heat Transfer, Part B Fundamentals, 2011
12. A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, High Dimensional Model Representation Based Formulations for Fuzzy Finite Element Analysis of Structures, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 2011
13. A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Efficient Explicit Formulation for Practical Fuzzy Structural Analysis, Sadhana, 2011
14. B.N. Rao, Coupled Meshfree and Fractal Finite Element Method for Unbounded Problems, Computers and Geotechnics, 2011
15. A.K. Mandali, M.S. Sujith, B.N. Rao, and J. Maganti, Reliability Analysis of Counterfort Retaining Walls, Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering, 2011
16. R. Chowdhury, and B.N. Rao, Multicut High Dimensional Model Representation for Reliability Analysis, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 2011
17. A.S. Balu and B.N. Rao, Explicit Fuzzy Analysis of Systems with Imprecise Properties, International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design, 2011
18. D. Mukherjee, B.N. Rao, and A.M. Prasad, Global Sensitivity Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Structure Using High Dimensional Model Representation, Engineering Structures, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 1316−1325, April 2011
19. M. D. Ghouse, C. Lakshmana Rao and B.N. Rao, Numerical Simulation of Fracture Process in Cement Concrete Using Unit Cell Approach, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 2010
20. M. D. Ghouse, C. Lakshmana Rao and B.N. Rao, Numerical Modeling of Failure of Cement Concrete Using a Unit Cell Approach, Sadhana, 2010
21. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao, A. Meher Prasad, High Dimensional Model Representation for Structural Reliability Analysis: Authors’ Reply to Comments by S. Rahman and H. Xu, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 2010
22. K. N. Rajesh, B.N. Rao, Coupled Meshfree and Fractal Finite Element Method for Mixed Mode Two-Dimensional Crack Problems, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2010
23. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao, Probabilistic Stability Assessment of Slopes Using High Dimensional Model Representation, Computers and Geotechnics, 2010
24. B.N. Rao, R. Chowdhury, A. Meher Prasad, R. K. Singh H. S. Kushwaha, Reliability Analysis of 500 MWe PHWR Inner Containment Using High Dimensional Model Representation, International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping, 2010
25. K.N. Rajesh, B.N. Rao, Two-Dimensional Analysis of Anisotropic Crack Problems Using Coupled Meshless and Fractal Finite Element Method, International Journal of Fracture, 2010
26. B.N. Rao, K.N. Rajesh, Mode I Crack Problems by Coupled Fractal Finite Element Method and Meshfree Method, Computer Assisted Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, 2010
27. O.C. Arun, B.N. Rao, S.M. Sivakumar, Continuum Damage Growth Analysis Using Element Free Galerkin Method, Sadhana, June, 2010
28. B.N. Rao, M. Kuna, Interaction Integrals for Thermal Fracture of Functionally Graded Piezoelectric Materials, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 77, 37-50, 2010
29. O. C. Arun, B.N. Rao, S. M. Srinivasan, Stochastic Meshfree Method for Elasto-Plastic Damage Analysis, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2010
30. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao,A. Meher Prasad, Stochastic sensitivity analysis using HDMR and score function, Sadhana, 34, 967-986, 2009
31. R.M. Reddy, B.N. Rao, Continuum shape sensitivity analysis of mixed-mode fracture using fractal finite element method, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 75, 2860-2906, 2008
32. R. M. Reddy, B.N. Rao, Stochastic Fracture Mechanics by Fractal Finite Element Method, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 2008
33. R.M. Reddy, B.N. Rao, Fractal finite element method based shape sensitivity analysis of mixed-mode fracture, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 2008
34. B.N. Rao, R. Chowdhury, Factorized High Dimensional Model Representation for Structural Reliability Analysis, Engineering Computations, 25, 2008
35. B.N. Rao, R. Chowdhury, Probabilistic Analysis Using High Dimensional Model Representation and Fast Fourier Transform, International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 2008
36. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao, A. Meher Prasad, High Dimensional Model Representation for Structural Reliability Analysis, Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2008
37. B.N. Rao, M. Kuna, Interaction integrals for fracture analysis of functionally graded magnetoelectroelastic materials, International Journal of Fracture, 153, 15-37, 2008
38. B.N. Rao, M. Kuna, Interaction integrals for fracture analysis of functionally graded piezoelectric materials, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 45, 5237-5257, 2008
39. B.N. Rao, R. Chowdhury, Enhanced High Dimensional Model Representation for Reliability Analysis, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2008
40. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao, A. Meher Prasad, High Dimensional Model Representation for Piece Wise Continuous Function Approximation, Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2008
41. R. Chowdhury, B.N. Rao, Assessment of High Dimensional Model Representation Techniques for Reliability Analysis, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 2008
42. R. Praveen Kumar, G. R. Dodagoudar, B. N. Rao, Meshfree Modelling of Contaminant Transport in Unsaturated Porous Media, Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal, 2, 129-136, 2007
Research and Consultancy
Details of major sponsored research projects:
  • Experimental and Analytical Studies on Two-Way Hollow Core slabs, 2013-16, Department of Science & Technology (DST)
  • Reliability based optimal design of FBR base raft, 2010-2012, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research
  • Development of extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) Software for Fracture Analysis of Cracks, 2009 to 2011, 2009-11, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), DAE
  • Simulation of Ballistic Impact on Amour Plates, 2006 to 2008, PXE Balsore
  • Studies on Fatigue Crack Growth Bahaviour under Multi-Axial Stress State, 2006-2010, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research
  • Structural Reliability of Reactor Vault Cooling System, 2005-2007, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research
  • Multiscale fracture analysis of functionally graded materials, 2005-08, Department of Science & Technology (DST) under Fast Track Proposals for Young Scientists scheme
  • Reliability Analysis of Reinforced and Pre-Stressed Concrete Structures, 2005-08, Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), DAE
  • Dynamic fracture analysis of functionally graded materials, 2004-09, IC & SR, IIT Madras
Details of major consultancy projects:
  • Routine testing of pre-stressing strands, Cyclic tension & compression load test on re-bar couplers, Jack calibration
  • Design and certification of spreader beam for unloading Chennai Metro Rail (CMR) rakes, 2013, Namakkal Transport Carries Private Limited, Chennai
  • Design proof checking of steel PEB hanger & foundation, 2012, Vardhman Precision Profiles & Tubes Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi
  • Vetting of Structural Design Calculations & Drawings of 15 MLD Water Treatment Plant at HAL, Sunabeda, Koraput, 2012, Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited, Hyderabad
  • Certification of Finite Element Analysis of 55 FT, Quad, Penta Low Bed Trailer & 100 FT, 113 FT Flat Bed Trailer, 2011-12, Namakkal Transport Carries Private Limited, Chennai
  • Proof Checking of Structural Design of PEB Hangar for INS GARUDA, 2010-11, Naval Base, Kochi
  • FEA Validation of Display Booth, 2010, Silicon Valley Auto Components Private Limited, Chennai
  • Assessment of Strength of Dock Floor 1 & Issue of Safety Certificate, 2010, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Cochin
  • Testing of Biaxial Hollow Slab, 2010, Soundarya Decorators Private Limited, Chennai
  • Proof Checking the Design Calculation of Civil Structural Drawing of STP 100 KLD, 2010, Reva Project Engineers, Bangalore
  • Thermo-Mechanical FEM Analysis of Engine Values, 2007, Rane Engine Values Limited, Chennai
  • Proof-Checking of the Structural Design and Modifications of Building no. 7, BHEL, Bangalore, 2006, BHEL, Bangalore
Student Guidance
So far, completed thesis guidance under various degree programs is as follows: M.S. (8 Students), Ph.D. (6 Students), M.Tech. (19 Students), B.Tech. (5 Students)
Current Ph.D. thesis guidance (6 Students)
·      Jayalakshmi S, CE09D009, Co-Guide: Dr. S T G Raghukanth
·      Prabhu Muthuganeisan, CE10D013, Co-Guide: Dr. S T G Raghukanth
·      Muthulingam Subramanian, CE10D028
·      Bennet Kuriakose, CE11D003, Co-Guide: Dr. G R Dodagoudar
·      Someswara Rao Kola, CE11D033
·      P. Kurinjivelan, CE11D021
Current M.Tech. thesis guidance (2 Students)
·      Mr. Athalekar Nikhil Atmaram, CE11M091
·      Mr. Sagadevan R, CE11M109
Current B.Tech. thesis guidance (1 Student)
Past M.S. thesis guidance (8 Students)
·        Ms. N. V. Sunitha, CE05S008 (September 2007), Fuzzy Finite Element and Meshless Methods for Soil Structure Interaction Problems, Co-Guide: Dr. G R Dodagoudar
·        Mr. B. Nandulal, CE04S009 (September 2007), Element Free Galerkin Method for Bimaterial Interface Crack, Co-Guide: Prof. C Lakshmana Rao
·        Mr. Dhrubajyoti Mukherjee, CE08S004 (August 2010), Fully Equivalent Operational Model and Sensitivity Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Structures, Co-Guide: Prof. A Meher Prasad
·        Mr. Mohammad Ghouse Pasha, AM07S002 (November 2010), Numerical Modeling of Failure in Cement Concrete using a Unit Cell Approach, Co-Guide: Prof. C Lakshmana Rao
·        Mr. R Raghu Rajan, AM06S012 (December 2010), Numerical Study of Bi-Material Interface Crack Problems, Co-Guide: Prof. K Ramesh
·        Mrs. Aysha Kalanad, CE08S006 (December 2010), Structural Crack Diagnosis Using Improved Cracked Finite Element and Genetic Algorithm
·        Mr. D Vijai Anand, AM09S014 (July 2012), Efficient Extraction of Vortex Structures Using Reduced Order Methods, Co-Guide: Dr. B S V Prasad Patnaik
·        Mrs. Anju Krishnan, CE10S006 (July 2012), Reliability Analysis of Raft Foundations, Co-Guide: Dr. G R Dodagoudar
Past Ph.D. thesis guidance (6 Students)
·        Mr. Rajib Chowdhury, CE04D025 (April 2008), High Dimensional Model Representation for Structural Reliability Analysis, Co-Guide: Prof. A Meher Prasad
·        Mr. R. Munirami Reddy, CE04D020 (February 2009), Sensitivity and Probabilistic Fracture Analysis Using Fractal Finite Element Method
·        Mr. Rajesh K N, CE06D028 (July 2009), Coupled Meshfree and Fractal Finite Element Method for Fracture Mechanics and Unbounded Domain Problems
·        Mr. Arun C O, CE05D002 (August 2009), Stochastic Meshfree Method for Elasto-Plastic Damage Analysis, Co-Guide: Prof. S M Sivakumar
·        Mr. A. S. Balu, CE06D017 (December 2011), Efficient Method for Structural Reliability Bounds Estimation under Mixed Uncertainties
·        Mr. M. V. N. Sivakumar, CE06D025 (September 2012), Probabilistic Fracture Analysis of Through Wall Cracked Pipes Using Strain Based Approach, Co-Guide: Prof. S R Satish Kumar
Past M.Tech. thesis guidance (19 Students)
·        Mr. Sayantan Paul, CE04M117 (May 2006), A Modified Quarter Point Element for Fracture Analysis of Cracks
·        Mr. Rajesh Ashokkumar, CE04M115 (May 2006), Effect of Blow-Holes on the Reliability of a Cast Component
·        Ms. T. Meenakshi, CE04M064 (May 2006), Dynamic Fracture Analysis of Cracks in Functionally Graded Materials
·        Ms. K. Aravinda Priyadrashini, CE04M053 (May 2006), Coupled Finite Element-Moving Least Squares Technique for Stochastic Structural Response of Cracked Structures
·        Mr. M. S. Majunath, CE05M110 (May 2007), Reliability Analysis of Flip Chip Electronic Packages
·        Mr. R. Manikandan, CE05M109 (May 2007), Fatigue Life Prediction Methodology for Automotive Spot-Welded Joints
·        Mr. K. Purushotam Reddy, CE05M112 (May 2007), Fracture Analysis of Functionally Graded Piezoelectric Materials
·        Mr. T. Hari Krishna, CE05M107 (May 2007), Fatigue Life of Autofrettaged Pressurized Cylinder
·        Mr. S. Varun Babu, CE06M063 (May 2008), Numerical Simulation of Concrete Target Under Ballistic Impact, Co-Guide: Prof. C Lakshmana Rao
·        Mr. V. Suriyamoorthy, CE07M108 (May 2009), Structural Uncertainty and Safety Analysis by Perturbation Techniques
·        Mr. M. T. Narayana, CE07M101 (May 2009), Application of Artificial Neural Networks in Structural Engineering
·        Ms. S. Jayalakshmi, CE07M096 (May 2009), Meshless Method for Bending and Buckling Analysis of Linear Members, Co-Guide: Prof. V Kalyanaraman
·        Mr. B.Sreehari, CE08M085 (May 2010), Finite Element Analysis of Prestressed Concrete Structures
·        Mr. Nataraja G, CE08M090 (May 2010), Stability Analysis of Steel Space Structures With System Parametric Uncertainties
·        Mr. Mariappan M, CE08M089 (May 2010), Seismic Fragility Curves Using HDMR Based Response Surface Approach
·      Mr. Arunlal K, CE09M094 (May 2011), Finite Element Analysis of Integral Abutment Bridges Subjected to Thermal Loading
·      Mr. Ezhilan Muthu, CE09M100 (May 2011), Numerical Study on Capacity of Biaxial Hollow Slabs, Co-Guide: Dr. Amlan Kumar Sengupta
·      Mr. Kiran TA, ME09M142 (May 2011), Scaled Down Modeling of Nuclear Containment Building, Co-Guide: Dr. Shankar Krishnapillai
·      Mr. Arun Mathews, CE10M102 (May 2012), Analytical Fragility Curves for Highway Bridges
Past B.Tech. thesis guidance (5 Students)
·        Mr. P. Vamsi Krishna, CE02B038 (May 2006), Study on Choice of q Function in stress Intensity Factor Evaluation
·        Mr. Raj Kumar Yadav, CE02B027 (May 2006), Numerical Analysis of Cracks in Structures
·        Mr. Sunder Prakash, CE05B043 (May 2009), Optimum Design of Space Truss Systems using Fuzzy Sets
·        Mr. N. V. Subba Rao, CE08B028 (May 2012), Design Study of Tensegrity Based Pedestrian Bridge
·        Mr. M. Abhimanyu Reddy, CE08B020 (July 2012), Optimal Design of Water Tanks
Courses

·         Computational Fracture Mechanics

·         Computer Methods in Civil Engineering

·         Computing Skills

·         Finite Element Analysis

·         Finite Element Analysis Software Laboratory

·         Mechanics of Materials

·         Probability Methods in Civil Engineering

·         Special Topics in Advanced Structural Mechanics

·         Structural Engineering Laboratory

·         Soil Structure Interaction Analysis (50 %)

Continuing Education
Sl. No.
Title of Course
Funding Agency
1
Finite Elements in Earthquake Engineering (4-8, July 2005) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
MHRD under NPEEE
2
Probability Methods in Earthquake Engineering (11-15, July 2005) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
MHRD under NPEEE
3
Introduction to the Finite Element Method (4-6, November 2005) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
Short Term Training Programme under QIP
4
Advanced Mechanics of Solids and Structures (26-30, December 2005) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
Short Term Training Programme under QIP, AICTE, New Delhi
5
Finite Element Seismic Analysis (20-24, March 2006) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
MHRD under NPEEE
6
Computational Techniques for Seismic Analysis (18-22, December 2006) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
MHRD under NPEEE
7
Random Vibration and Fuzzy Logic in Earthquake Engineering (25-29, December 2006) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
MHRD under NPEEE
8
A First Course in the Finite Element Method (21–25, May 2007) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar)
CEP course
9
Basics of Matrix and Finite Element Analysis of Structures (5–10, October 2009) (coordinated along with Prof. Devdas Menon)
Short Term Training Programme under QIP, AICTE, New Delhi
10
Finite Element Modelling of Concrete Structures (12–16, October 2009) (coordinated along with Dr. G. R. Dodagoudar, and Prof. A. Meher Prasad)
CEP course