Vijaya B. Chalivendra

Vijaya Chalivendra, PhD


Mechanical Engineering

Curriculum Vitae




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2003University of Rhode IslandPhD in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
1997Sri Venkateswara University, IndiaMS in Mechanical Engineering
1993Sri Venkateswara University, IndiaBS in Mechanical Engineering


  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics




Research interests

  • Composite Materials
  • Experimental Mechanics
  • Dynamic Characterization of Materials
  • Damage Sensing
  • Nano-mechanical Characterization


Research Activities

  • In-situ Damage Sensing of composites for Structural Health Monitoring
  • Fracture and Mechanical Behavior of Additive Manufacturing Materials
  • Impact Response of Enegry Absorbing Materials for Sports and Military Applications
  • Fracture Behavior of Diabetic Simulated Bone

Select publications

Liu, J., Chalivendra, V., C. L., Huang, W (2017).
"Finite element based contact analysis of radio frequency MEMs switch membrane surfaces"
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Shkolnik K. and Chalivendra V.B. (2017).
“Numerical Studies of Electrical Contacts of Carbon Nanotubes Embedded Epoxy under Tensile Loading”
Acta Mechanica

Abdulrahman A. Kehail, Vijay Boominathan, Karoly Fodor, Vijaya Chalivendra, Tracie Ferreira, Christopher J. Brigham (2016).
"In Vivo and In Vitro Degradation Studies for Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) Biopolymer"
Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 25(2), 296-307.

Dr. Chalivendra obtained his undergraduate degree and masters degree from Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering, Tirupati, India in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He worked for two different industries: Bharat Electronics Ltd., and Tata Refractories Ltd., for two and half years in India before pursuing his doctoral degree. His doctoral dissertation is focused on analytical and experimental treatment of fracture studies in functionally graded materials. He developed analytical crack tip field equations for an arbitrarily oriented crack in functionally graded materials under both stationary and transient dynamic loading conditions. As a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology, he conducted experimental investigation of well-controlled dynamic fragmentation studies for validation of large scale simulations.

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