Dr. Bhavani V. Sankar

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Professor Sankar received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Purdue University. His research interests lie in the field of mechanics of composite materials and structures, especially micro-mechanics and fracture mechanics.


Ph.D., 1984, Purdue University

Professional Memberships and Fellowships

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow 1996
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 1998
American Society for Composites, Fellow 2004
Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow 1998

Teaching Interests

Aerospace structures, Mechanics of composite materials and structures, Fracture mechanics, Finite element analysis.

Research Interests

Composite materials and structures including impact- fracture- and micro-mechanics, textile composites, cellular materials and foams, sandwich construction, functionally graded materials, and integrated thermal protection systems.


Finite Element Analysis and Design, Nam Ho Kim and Bhavani V. Sankar, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2009. R.V. Marrey and B.V. Sankar (1995) “Micromechanical Models for Textile Structural Composites”, NASA Contractor Report 198229. Rao MP, TR Walter, BV Sankar, G Subhash, CF Yen. Analysis of failure modes in three-dimensional woven composites subjected to quasi-static indentation. J Composite Materials  2014. Vol. 48(20) 2473-2491. S Banerjee, BV Sankar. Mechanical properties of hybrid composites using finite element method based micromechanics. Composites: Part B: Engineering 58 (2014) 318–327. Yalamanchili VK, BV Sankar. Indentation of Functionally Graded Beams and Its Application to Low-Velocity Impact Response. Composites Science and Technology 72 (2012) 1989-1994.