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Sunil Kishore Chakrapani

Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), College of Engineering

Assistant Professor - Mechanical Engineering (ME) in the College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Room 2308M


Dr. Sunil Kishore Chakrapani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing USA . He graduated from Iowa State University with PhD and MS majoring in Engineering Mechanics. Subsequently he spent three years working as a Postdoc at the Center for NDE Iowa ... State restarting the nonlinear ultrasonics group. Dr. Chakrapani has over 10 years of experience in Nondestructive Evaluation working at various labs including both the Center for NDE at Iowa State and at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Dr. Chakrapani's research interests include:

- Nonlinear ultrasonics

Nonlinear vibrations and ultrasonic wave propagation
Nonlinear material property characterization

- Nondestructive material characterization and evaluation

Inversion of material stiffness
Ultrasonic attenuation

- Sensor Development

Air-coupled ultrasonics
Structural Health monitoring systems
Transducer characterization and calibration

- Finite element modeling

Composites modeling
Numerical simulation of ultrasonic wave propagation
NDE driven design

- Composite materials: Design, testing, and NDE

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B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India

M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University

Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Iowa State University


Research Excellence Award from Iowa State University (2014)


S. K. Chakrapani, (2017). "Numerical study of Rayleigh wave propagation along a horizontal semi-infinite crack buried in half-space", J. Acoust. Soc. Am, Vol. 141(1), January 2017, 137-146.

S. K. Chakrapani, (2017). "Nonlinear laminated plate theory for determination of third order elastic constants and acoustic nonlinearity parameter of fiber reinforced composites", Composite Structures, Vol. 180, pp: 276-285 (2017)

S. K. Chakrapani, D. Barnard, “Determination of acoustic nonlinearity parameter (beta) using nonlinear resonance ultrasound spectroscopy: Theory and experiment”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am, Vol 141(2), February 2017, 919-928

S. K. Chakrapani, D. Barnard, V. Dayal, “Influence of laminate sequence and fabric type on the inherent acoustic nonlinearity in carbon fiber reinforced composites”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am, Vol 139(5), May 2016, 2310-2319


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