P. SESHU

Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department,

I.I.T., Powai, Mumbai 400 076

Email: seshu@iitb.ac.in

Ph: 022-25767525

 

 

RESEARCH FIELDS

 

  Computational Mechanics (Finite elements, stress & vibration analysis)

  High Performance Computing

  Smart Structures

  Robotics

  Vehicle Dynamics

  Dynamics and Simulation of High Speed Mechanisms

 

SPONSORED RESEARCH

 

  Member/PI of sponsored projects in the above fields with a total outlay of about Rs. 2.50 crores (about 0.5million USD) from Govt. of India (DST, ARDB, BRNS, MHRD, AICTE, IGCAR).

 

INDUSTRIAL INTERACTION

 

  Retainer Consultant (CAE), Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., 1997-99

 

  Several projects/courses (along with colleagues) for many industries such as


Apollo Tyres

Applied Materials

Bajaj Auto

BHEL

CEAT

Crompton Greaves

DMCC

General Motors

Larsen & Toubro

Mahindra and Mahindra

Nuclear Power Corporation

Prabha Engg

Reliance Industries, etc.


 

RECOGNITION / AWARDS / HONORS

 

  Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee, Fifth International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS 2014), Chennai, Dec. 2014.

  Member of national delegation to Germany for specialist workshop on big data applications in engineering, March 13-15, 2013.

  Member of national delegation to UK for EPSRC/DST Scoping Meeting in Applied Mathematics from 11th  13th July, 2012. 

  Invitations for reviewing manuscripts from several journals such as ASME Transactions, ASCE Transactions, Applied Acoustics, Smart Materials and Structures, International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, Robotica, etc.

  Reviewer of project proposals for DST, Govt. of India

  Invited/Keynote speaker at National/International Conferences

  Prof. A. Jaganmohan award for Professional Development, 2009

  Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Bombay (2008)

  Excellence in Teaching Award, IIT Bombay (2004)

  Teacher of the Year, Mechanical Engg Dept, IIT Bombay (2002)

  Mentor of the Year, Mechanical Engg Dept, IIT Bombay (2001)

  Royal Society - Indian National Science Academy Fellowship (1999)

  Ranked First in M. Tech. (Design Stream), IIT Madras (1986)

  Ranked First in the University in B.Tech. (1984)

  Ranked First in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India in XII Standard (1980)

 

Ph.D. THESES GUIDED

 

a)      Thermo-mechanical Analysis of Coolant Channels for Heavy Water Reactors under Accident Conditions, AK Dureja, 2013 (Jointly supervised with Prof. DN Pawaskar, Mechanical Engg Dept and Dr. RK Sinha, BARC)

b)      Optimization of Passive Suspension Systems, MJ Pable, 2011

c)      Optimal Sizing and Placement of Piezoelectric Sensors/Actuators for Active Vibration Control of Flexible Structures, KD Dhuri, 2008

d)     Numerical Modelling of Near-Infrared Light Propagation for Diffuse Optical Tomography, Mita Bhowmick, 2008 (Jointly supervised with Prof UB Desai, Electrical Engg Dept)

e)      Studies on Piezoelectric Actuated Shell with Application to Optimal Steering of Antenna, VK Gupta, 2003 (Jointly supervised with Prof. K. Kurien Issac, Mechanical Engg Dept)

f)       Dynamics and Stabilization of Under-actuated Monopedal Hopping, PV Shanmuganathan, 2002 (Jointly supervised with Prof. B. Seth, Mechanical Engg Dept)

 

MASTERS THESES GUIDED

 

More than 50

 

LEADERSHIP ROLES AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

 

a)    Convener, DST KVPY (Engg) from 2007-'10;

  Steered the DST national level flagship program Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) for Engineering students all over India

b)    Head, CSIR CMMACS, Bangalore from 11/10/2010 31/1/2014;

  Instrumental in the transformation of the Center (CMMACS) to a multi-location national Institute (CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute) dedicated to high end computational and data intensive science with nearly SEVEN FOLD increase in sanctioned strength

  Secured grants to the tune of Rs. 100 Crores for the new projects in HPC and advanced research in earth & engineering sciences

  Successfully established then Indias largest CPU based High Performance Computing cluster (360 TeraFlop) in CMMACS popularized its usage across the CSIR Labs which led to peak utilization crossing 90% on several occasions.

  Led CSIR efforts for petascale High Performance Computing

  Steered formulation of the doctoral program of CMMACS under the aegis of the Academy of CSIR (AcSIR)

  Initiated online rendering of courses across multiple CSIR Labs using open source software.

  Launched SPARK program in CMMACS which has attracted bright students from premier institutions in more than 20 states of India.

c)     Cluster Director, CSIR Information Sciences Cluster 11/6/2011 31/1/2014;

  Responsible (jointly with co-cluster director Dr. P. Banerjee) for looking after the four CSIR laboratories/units under this cluster namely, CMMACS (Bangalore); NISCAIR (Delhi); NISTADS (Delhi); URDIP (Pune) for the preparation of 12th Five Year plan projects

d)    Dean, Mathematical and Information Sciences, AcSIR (Academy of CSIR) 27/8/2012 31/1/2014

  Responsible (jointly with Assoc. Dean Dr. Mathur) for looking after the academic programs of four CSIR laboratories/units under this cluster namely, CMMACS (Bangalore); NISCAIR (Delhi); NISTADS (Delhi); URDIP (Pune)

  Responsible (jointly with Assoc. Dean Dr. Mathur) for looking after any academic issues of AcSIR

e)     Member - Core Group for the 12 Five Year Plan document of CSIR

  Contributed to the preparation of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) document of CSIR

 

Positions held within IIT Bombay

  Inaugural Convener of IIT Bombay Research Fellowship scheme in which nearly 70 colleagues from various Depts. in IIT participated.

  Convener-Growth Plan Committee of Mech Engg Dept

  Vice-Chairman, GATE

  Group Leader, Design Engg Group, Mech. Engg Dept., IIT Bombay

  Discipline Coordinator, NPTEL Video and Web Modules Development

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

 

  P. Seshu, "Text Book of Finite Element Analysis", Prentice Hall of India Ltd.

  1st Edition printed in 2003

  Reprinted every year since then 12th reprint 2014

  More than 30000 copies sold;

  prescribed as a reference source by a few Indian Univ.

  ISBN-978-81-203-2315-5

 

 

RESEARCH PAPERS (last ten years)

 

International Journals

 

1)      Modelling flow and work hardening behaviour of cold worked Zr2.5Nb pressure tube material in the temperature range of 30600C, A.K. Dureja, S.K. Sinha, D.N. Pawaskar, P. Seshu, J.K. Chakravartty and R.K. Sinha, Nuclear Engineering and Design, 269 (2014), 52 56.

2)      Design of Road Friendly Suspensions for Quarter and Half Heavy Goods Vehicle Models by using Genetic Algorithm and Multi-Objective Performance Index, M. J. Pable and P. Seshu, International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing, 2012, volume 7 (1), pp. 26-53.

3)      Flow behaviour of autoclaved, 20% cold worked, Zr2.5Nb alloy pressure tube material in the temperature range of room temperature to 800C, A. K. Dureja, S. K. Sinha, Ankit Srivastava, R. K. Sinha, J. K. Chakravartty, P. Seshu and D. N. Pawaskar, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2011, vol. 412, pp. 22-29.

4)      Optimization of Passive Suspensions to Mimic Active Suspensions, MJ Pable and P Seshu, International Journal on Advances in Vibration Engineering, v9, n2, 2010, pp. 131-144.

5)      Analytical solution in 2D domain for nonlinear response of piezoelectric slabs under weak electric fields, M. K. Samal and P. Seshu, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 01/2009; 14(6):2817-2826.

6)      Multi-objective optimization of piezo actuator placement and sizing using genetic algorithm K.D. Dhuri and P.Seshu, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 323 (2009), 495514.

7)      On the non-linear response of piezoelectric slabs under weak electric fields: experimental and analytical modelling, MK Samal and P Seshu, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 2009, 223:1493-1506.

8)      A mathematical model in three-dimensional piezoelectric continuum to predict non-linear responses of piezoceramic materials, MK Samal, P Seshu, U vonWagner, P Hagedorn, B K Dutta and H S Kushwaha, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 2008, 222: 2251-2268.

9)      An analytical formulation in 3D domain for the nonlinear response of piezoelectric slabs under weak electric fields, M.K. Samal, P. Seshu and B.K. Dutta, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 44 (2007), 46564672.

10)  Modeling and application of piezoelectric materials in smart structures, M.K. Samal, P. Seshu, and B. K. Dutta, International Journal of Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Management (COMADEM), 2007, v10, n2, pp. 30-42.

11)  Optimal steering of a paraboloid antenna using piezoelectric actuators, V K Gupta, P Seshu, K Kurien Issac and R K Shevgaonkar, Smart Materials and Structures, 16 (2007), 6775.

12)  Corrected Formulas for Natural Frequencies of Cantilever Beams Under Uniform Axial Tension, P. Seshu and K. D. Dhuri, AIAA Journal, Vol. 45, No. 6, June 2007, 1435-1438.

13)  Favorable locations for piezo actuators in plates with good control effectiveness and minimal change in system dynamics, K D Dhuri and P Seshu, Smart Materials and Structures, 16 (2007), 25262542.

14)  Single-legged hopping robotics research - A review, Ajij Sayyad, B. Seth and P. Seshu, Robotica 01/2007; 25:587-613.

15)  Search for Initial Conditions for Sustained Hopping of Passive Springy-Leg Offset-Mass Hopping Robot, B. Seth, P. Seshu, P. V. Shanmuganathan, V. V. Vichare and P. Raj, Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control -Transactions of The ASME, 2007, 129(4), pp. 522-526. (6th most downloaded paper in this journal during July 2007)

16)  Piezo Actuator Placement and Sizing for Good Control Effectiveness and Minimal Change in Original System Dynamics, K. D. Dhuri and P. Seshu, Smart Materials and Structures, 2006, vol. 15, no. 6, 1661-1672.

17)  Nonlinear Behaviour of Piezoceramics under Weak Electric Fields, Part-I: Finite Element Formulation, M. K. Samal, P. Seshu, S. Parasar, U. von Wagner, P. Hagedorn, B. K. Dutta, H. S. Kushwaha, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2006, 43 (6), pp. 1422-1436.

18)  Nonlinear Behaviour of Piezoceramics under Weak Electric Fields, Part-II: Numerical Results and Validation with Experiment, M. K. Samal, P. Seshu, S. Parasar, U. von Wagner, P. Hagedorn, B. K. Dutta, H. S. Kushwaha, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2006, 43 (6), pp. 1437-1458.

19)  Experimental Studies on Active Vibration Control of a Beam using Hybrid Active/passive Constrained Layer Damping Treatments, Pankaj Langote and P. Seshu, ASME J. of Vibration and Acoustics, v127, n5, 2005, pp. 515-518.

20)  Beam Steering and Shaping of Smart Cylindrical Antenna, V.K. Gupta, P. Seshu, K. Kurien Issac, R.K. Shevgaonkar, AIAA Journal, 2005, v43, n1, pp. 165-173.

21)  A finite element model for nonlinear behaviour of piezoceramics under weak electric fields, M.K. Samal, P. Seshu, S. Parashar, U. vonWagner, P. Hagedorn, B.K. Dutta, H.S. Kushwaha, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, v41 (2005), pp. 14641480. (ranked within top 25 articles in this journal during Oct Dec 2005)

22)  Finite Element and Experimental Investigation of Piezoelectric Actuated Smart Shells, V.K. Gupta, P. Seshu, K. Kurien Issac, AIAA Journal, v42, n10, 2004, page 2112-2123.

National Journals

1)      Development of a Hexaped Walking Robot Mechanical Design, C. Amarnath, K. Kurien Issac, B. Seth, P. Seshu, A. Kharade, S. K. Pathak, V. Deshmukh and P. Deshmukh, Inst. of Engineers India Journal, March 2007, v87, pp. 20-24.

2)      Passive Dynamics of Kangaroo-like Hopping Robot, P. Seshu, B. Seth and V. Shanmuganathan, Inst. of Engineers India Journal, Sept. 2006, v87, pp. 39-45.

3)      Characterization of the Role of Adhesive Bonding on Piezoelectric Actuation of Beams, S. D. Dhage, V. K. Gupta, P. Seshu, P. M. Mujumdar and B. Seth, Journal of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, India, 2006, v58, n3, pp. 225-233.

4)      Finite Element Analysis of a Beam with Active Constrained Layer Damping (ACLD) Treatment, Pankaj K. Langote and P. Seshu, Journal of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies, 2004, v56, n4, pp. 240 253.

International Conferences

1)      Thermo-mechanical Contact Behaviour of Pressure and Calandria Tubes in a Nuclear Reactor Postulated Accident Scenario, P. Seshu, A. K. Dureja, R. K. Sinha and D.N. Pawaskar, International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS), IIT Hyderabad, 10-12 December, 2012.

2)      Optimization of passive suspensions for Tractor Semi-Trailer model by mimicking active suspensions, M. J. Pable and P. Seshu, Keynote address, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Vibration Engineering and Technology of Machinery (VETOMAC-VI), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Dec. 2010, pp. 607-624.

3)      Computational Analysis of Thermo-Mechanical Contact Behaviour of Two Co-axial Tubes, A.K. Dureja, P. Seshu, D. N. Pawaskar and R. K. Sinha, 3rd International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation, Mumbai, Dec. 2009, pp. 223-224

4)      FEM based Computational Model for Image Reconstruction in Diffuse Optical Tomography, Mita Bhowmick, P. Seshu, U.B. Desai, M.P. Thaddeus, International Conference on Multi-scale Modeling and Simulation, 2-4 Jan. 2008, IISc., Bangalore.

5)      Design of Passive Suspensions to Reduce Actuator Control Effort, Machhindra Pable, P Seshu, Proceedings of the IFToMM World Congress on Mechanisms and Machine Science, France, 17-21, June, 2007.

6)      Position control of flexible parallelogram five-bar manipulator using piezoelectric sensors and actuators, K. D. Dhuri and P. Seshu, Proceedings of the IFToMM World Congress on Mechanisms and Machine Science, France, 17-21, June, 2007.

7)      Prediction of hysteresis behaviour of piezoelectric materials under varying electric fields, M.K. Samal, P. Seshu, B.K. Dutta, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Vibration Problems (ICOVP-2007), Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, India, 30th January-3rd February 2007.

8)      Active vibration control of flexible-link manipulators using piezoelectric sensors and actuators, Dhuri, K.D. and Seshu, P., Proc. of 3rd Int. Conf. on Autonomous Robots and Agents 2006, December 12-14, 2006, Palmerston North, New Zealand, pp.93-98.
9)      A Two Dimensional Analytical Solution Technique for Modeling Nonlinear Response of Piezoceramic Structures, M. K. Samal, P. Seshu, B. K. Dutta, H. S. Kushwaha, Proc. of the ISSS International Conf. on Smart Materials, Structures and Systems, IISc, Bangalore, July 2005, Paper No. ISSS-2005/SB-28. 
10)  Development of Servo Driven Four Bar Mechanism For Constant Speed Application, Vivek Jain, KD. Dhuri, P. Seshu and B. Seth, Proc. of the 9th IFToMM International Symposium on Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 1-4, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 53-58.

11)  Use of Piezoelectric Materials for Smart Structure Applications, P. Seshu and M.K. Samal, 3rd Indo-German Theme Meeting on Structural Integrity and Safety, BARC., Mumbai, India, 2005, pp. DM04.01-24.

12)  Piezoelectric Actuated Antenna Shells, V. K. Gupta, P. Seshu, K. Kurien Issac, and R. K. Shevgaonkar, Proceedings of the 11th IFToMM World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science, vol. 3, pp. 1336-1340, April 1-4, 2004, Tianjin, China.

 

National Conferences

1)      A Review of Road-Friendly Suspensions, M. J. Pable, M. M. Gawture, P. Seshu, 13th National Conference on Mechanisms and Machines (NaCoMM07), IISc, Bangalore, India, December 12-13, 2007

2)      Formulation of a Multi-objective Optimal Control Problem for Active Suspension Performance Improvement, P. Seshu, A. Ambekar, H. Nema and M. J. Pable, Proc. Of National Conference on Industrial Problems in Machines and Mechanisms, I.I.T., Kharagpur, Feb. 05, pp. 279-286.

3)      Finite Element Analysis of High Aspect Ratio Fan Blades, Sandeep Dhar, P. Seshu and B. Roy, Proc. of the 7th National Conference on Air Breathing Engines and Aerospace Propulsion, Nov. 5-7, 2004, I.I.T., Kanpur, pp. 637-648.