Kali-Babu Katnam

Kali-Babu Katnam, PhD


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Dr. Kali Katnam is Head of Postgraduate Research (PhD/EngD/MPhil) studies and Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering (Advanced Composite Materials/Structures) in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

He obtained his BEng degree in Civil Engineering (Andhra University, India) and MTech degree in Structural Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India). He completed his PhD in Structural Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium in 2007. He then joined University of Surrey as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2007-2009) and conducted research on ‘Fatigue and Fracture of Adhesively Bonded Composite Structures’ (in collaboration with Imperial College London, BAE Systems and Airbus UK). In 2009, he joined the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp, University of Limerick, Ireland) as a Research Fellow (2009-2013) and performed industry-oriented research (in collaboration with Henkel Adhesives and Bombardier UK) on ‘Structural Integrity of Composite Structural Assemblies and Repairs’.

His research interests are broadly in the area of polymer composite materials/structures, with an emphasis on experimental characterization and computational modelling of structural bonded joints, composite repairs, mutliscale toughened composite laminates, and nano/micro-toughened structural adhesives.

Research interests

  • Adhesive Bonding in Composite Structures
  • Structural Integrity and Damage Tolerance of Structural Bonded Joints
  • Composite Structural Repairs
  • Multi-scale Toughening in Advanced Polymer Ccomposites
  • Experimental and Computational Solid Mechanics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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