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NRC-M Summer School on Mechanical Property Characterization

14 June - 2 July 2010
UGC Networking Resource Centre for Materials
Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012.

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The updated programme may be picked up from here.

About the Workshop

The workshop will be divided approximately equally between classroom lectures and hands-on training and demonstrations in the fields of mechanical behavior fundamentals and mechanical characterization methods including constant strain rate testing, creep, fatigue, fracture, indentation, dynamic deformation and computational techniques. Materials-specific case studies will also be presented. Lecturers will be drawn from the faculty of IISc, IITs and government R&D laboratories. A set of course notes will be provided to participants.

The summer school will be held in the Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Important Note: Given the hands-on nature of the Workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 20.

Who should attend

This workshop is intended for senior research students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty members from eligible partner institutions in the NRC-M programme. From within this group, priority will be given to departments that have already initiated collaborative programs under NRC-M with IISc.

Registration for this meeting is now closed. Scroll down to see the list of participants


  1. Mechanical properties fundamentals: Basics of elasticity and plasticity, dislocation theory, role of microstructure, fracture mech, etc.
  2. Specific mechanical tests & phenomena with an emphasis on the specific properties probed as well as the testing techniques and their capabilities/limitations
    • Constant strain rate testing
    • Indentation & hardness
    • Creep, Impression Creep, Superplasticity
    • Fracture, Fractography
    • Fatigue
    • Tribology
    • Dynamic Deformation and Impact
    • Simulations
    • Small Scale / Miniature testing
  3. Case studies and mechanical properties of different materials systems. The emphasis will be on highlighting the testing or simulation technique used to probe the desired property and to highlight the unique demands that different materials systems impose in terms of testing
    • Light Alloys
    • Superalloys
    • Steels
    • Polymers
    • Thin Films and Coatings
    • Ceramics
    • Composites

The updated programme may be picked up from here.

List of Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Vakil Singh, Banaras Hindu Univ.
  • Prof. YVRK Prasad, City Univ. of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Bhanushankar Rao, Univ. of Hyderabad
  • Prof. Prita Pant, IIT-Bombay
  • Prof. J. Krishna, IIT-Bombay
  • Prof. R. Narasimhan, IIT-Bombay
  • Prof. Rahul Mitra, IIT-Kharagpur
  • Prof. MS Bobji, IISc-Bangalore
  • Dr. SK Bhaumick, NAL
  • Dr. CM Manjunath, NAL
  • Dr.Samir Kamat, DMRL
  • Dr. Ashim Mukhopadhyay, DMRL
  • Dr. Basudev Bhattacharya, Tata Steel
  • Dr. M. Sundararaman, BARC
  • Dr. M.K. Sridhar, NAL
  • Dr. N. Eswara Prasad, DRDO
  • Dr. Ravishankar Kottada, IIT-Madras
  • Prof. SS Bhattachacharya, IIT-Madras
  • Prof. Satish Kailas, IISc-Bangalore
  • Dr. M.D. Mathew, IGCAR

Profs. Vikram Jayaram, Atul Chokshi, Dipankar Banerjee, S. Karthikeyan, T.A. Abinandanan, Subodh Kumar and Satyam Suwas from Department of Materials Engineering, IISc-Bangalore will also be delivering lectures at the summer school

Selected List of Participants

Based on the aforementioned criteria, the following applicants have been selected for participation:

  • N Naga Krishna, NIT Trichy
  • M Bagavathi, Madurai Kamaraj University
  • Baburao Jinugu, Andhra University
  • Anindya Basu, NIT Rourkela
  • Krishna Dutta, NIT Rourkela
  • Praveen P, Mangalore University
  • Debdas Roy, NIFFT Ranchi
  • Saravana Bavan, NITK Surathkal
  • Vinoth Kumar, PSG Tech Coimbatore
  • J Krishnamoorti, PSG Tech Coimbatore
  • B Praveen, PSG Tech Coimbatore
  • Manisha Vidyavathy, Anna University
  • Anil Kumar Rajak, BIT Sindri
  • Shatrughan Soren, BIT Sindri
  • Banita Behera, NIT Rourkela
  • S John Prakash, NIT Trichy
  • N Mohan, NIT Trichy
  • Dr. Nand Kishore Prasad, IT-BHU
  • G Rajaram, NIT Trichy
  • S Kennedy, NIT Trichy
  • P Nagavijay Kumar, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur


For NRCM partner institutions, registration, TA, DA and accomodation will be borne by NRC-M. Interested participants from non-NRCM institutions may contact the secretariat (details below) for details


NRCM will cover the travel costs for all the lecturers and participants. Kindly retain your tickets and other travel receipts.

If you are flying in, Govt. of India regulations require you to fly Air India / Indian Airlines (since this programme is funded by UGC). If there is a valid reason to fly via other carriers you need to seek permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Please contact:

Shri. Chhikara S K
Under Secretary
Ministry of Civil Aviation
New Delhi
Fax No. 011-24640213

All lecturers and participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements from railway station/airport to their place of accommodation. NRCM will reimburse these costs.

On a daily basis during the course of the workshop, we will be providing transportation to and from IISc campus from your place of accommodation. On Monday, June 14th, cars will leave from your guesthouse / Green Path at 8:45 AM sharp.


All lecturers at the workshop will be staying at the Centenary Visitor's House. This is the new IISc guest house and is closest to the IISc gate near Ramaiah Hospital

All participants will be staying at Green Path apartments, which is located three km from the campus. Green Path has service apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, with two persons sharing a room. The address is 32 / 2, New BEL Road, Seenappa Layout, Bangalore 560094 and you can see it in the map shown here.


Note: The deadline for submission of your application is 3 May 2009. The list of participants will be announced on 10 May 2009.

Applications (containing the following details) along with the approval of the head of department may be sent as a scanned copy to ugc@materials.iisc.ernet.in.

  1. Name of participant
  2. Sex
  3. Designation (for faculty) or Degree Registered (for student)
  4. Department, University
  5. Full Address
  6. Area of research / teaching
  7. Details of collaborative NRCM project (if any)
  8. Contact details: e-mail, fax, and telephone number

Or, a hard copy of these documents can be sent to:
Ms. Bharathi N
NRC-M Summer School Secretariat
Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012