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(Saran) Saranarayanan Ramachandran is a Post-doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in the Department of Materials. His primary research interest is on achieving high fidelity joining of dissimilar materials by using advanced material joining (bonding/welding) techniques. In addition to this, he is particularly interested in material characterisation using a wide range of techniques that include in-situ Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), in-situ time-resolved synchrotron X-ray imaging, and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) to investigate the structure-property relationship of dissimilar joints.

Saran obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton (2020) where he was awarded a Rayleigh award (worth of £40000 per year) to pursue his PhD with a full scholarship covering international tuition fees and stipend. During his PhD research, he developed high fidelity imaging procedures to identify the relationship between the material microstructure and mechanical behaviour of friction stir welds. Saran completed his both M.Eng. (2014) and B.Eng. (2012) at Anna University, Chennai, India.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. University of Southampton, Advisors: Professor Janice Barton and Professor Phillipa Reed (2016 - 2020)
  • M.Eng. Anna University (2012 - 2014)
  • B.Eng. Anna University (2008 - 2012)

Research interests

  • Self-propagating high temperature synthesis
  • Materials science mainly on metals and alloys
  • Materials performance at extreme conditions
  • Synchrotron X-ray imaging
  • Advanced electron microscopy techniques
  • Structure-property relationships of materials
  • In-situ materials characterisation techniques
  • Materials joining (focus on welding of dissimilar materials)
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Experimental mechanics

My collaborations

1. Professor Janice Barton, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

2. Professor Philippa Reed, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

3. Dr. A.K. Lakshminarayanan, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai, India

Other research

Postdoc project title: Developing Quasi-ambient bonding to enable cost-effective high-temperature Pb-free solder interconnects

Funding agency: EPSRC (Grant no: EP/R031711/1)

Research group: Professor Sarah Haigh and Dr Wajira Mirihanage, Department of Materials, The University of Manchester

My group

Affiliated Research group: Professor Sarah Haigh and Dr Wajira Mirihanage, Department of Materials, The University of Manchester

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Development of high fidelity imaging procedures to identify the relationship between the material microstructure and mechanical behaviour of friction stir welds, University of Southampton

1 May 201628 Feb 2020

Award Date: 25 Jun 2020

Master of Engineering, Effect of welding processes on mechanical and metallurgical properties of copper-304 austenitic stainless steel, Anna University

10 Sep 20126 Jun 2014

Award Date: 10 Jul 2014

Bachelor of Engineering, Anna University

21 Aug 200821 Apr 2012

Award Date: 30 Jul 2012

External positions

Visiting Academic , University of Southampton

10 Jun 202031 Dec 2021

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials

Keywords

  • Exothermic reactive bonding
  • Welding processes
  • Time resolved characterization
  • Synchrotron X-ray imaging
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Phase Transformations
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Structure-property correlation

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