Venkata Potluri

Venkata Potluri


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Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Editorial Board 'Textile Research Journal'
  • EPSRC Peer Review College from 2003


BE, MTech, PhD(Manchester)

Research interests

Prasad Potluri’s primary research focus is on ‘Textile Composites’ with applications in Aerospace, Automotive, Marine and Energy sectors.  He has an inter-disciplinary approach to research and combines aspects of Robotics, Textile Processing, Mechanics of flexible fibre assemblies and Experimental mechanics.  In 2000, he established Textile Composites Group in order to deliver world-class research.    

Textile Preforming

Combining Robotics and Textile Processing, following preforming techniques are currently under development:

Robotic Fibre Placement for creating thick near-net preforms with through thickness reinforcement

Braiding of advanced composite preforms for bending, torsion and internal pressure loads

Novel multi-needle stitching process for sandwich and thick composites

3D weaving of lap-joint preforms, multi-step and tapered preforms; PI, T, I sections              

Non-crimp woven preforms   

Processing Mechanics Dry fibre assemblies exhibit large deformation behaviour during composites processing. Elastica-based energy minimisation techniques have been employed to model the preform compliance and to keep track of tow deformations.

Draping of biaxial fabrics on double-curvature surfaces using kinematic and differential geometry based algorithms

Fabric compliance models:  biaxial tension, transverse compaction, in-plane shear and out-of-plane bending

Mechanics of Textile Composites

Micro- and meso-scale mechanics of textile composites

Non-orthogonal Unit Cell modelling of textile composites

Prediction of  stiffness and strength of textile composites

Influence of delaminations on dynamic properties of textile composites  

My group

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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