Dr. Tadepalli has a background in structural engineering and mechanics. His areas of expertise include structural dynamics, nonlinear finite element analysis, composite materials, vibration testing, photo elastic testing, high strain rate SHPB testing, shock testing, multi-scale modeling, micro-mechanics and non destructive evaluation. He works in the area of experimental characterization and analytic modeling of material and structure response to shock and high strain rate loading.
As a research track Assistant Professor at University of Mississippi, USA, Dr. Tadepalli coordinated the setup and operations of a Shock Tube based Blast Testing Simulator which simulates blast phenomenon in the laboratory accurately without the need for dangerous TNT and explosive chemicals, as well as a Split Hopkinson Bar system for high strain rate testing of materials at University of Mississippi. Dr. Tadepalli also worked on the development of novel computational modeling methodologies to predict multi-scale behavior of cementitious materials under ballistic and shock loading conditions.
Dr. Tadepalli has previously worked as a Senior Engineer at Hinman Consulting Engineers, San Francisco, CA, where his job responsibilities included blast vulnerability assessments, hazard mitigation, and retrofit design for various facilities and infrastructure, technical guidance to engineers, proposal writing, technical innovation and development of novel analysis procedures. Dr. Tadepalli has also worked as the Project Engineer for NEESiT at UCSD, which is a national network and involved working with a variety of researchers from various universities across the US, for managing earthquake engineering and structural response data from laboratory experiments as well as hybrid simulations.
Dr. Tadepalli obtained his PhD in 2009 from the University of Mississippi. His area of research was multi-hazard (blast, seismic and wind) vulnerability assessment of reinforced concrete frame building structures. He obtained his MS in 2003 wherein he developed FEA software based on a novel analytical methodology, for modeling the linear dynamic and nonlinear quasi-static response of mechanically joined structures composed of pultruded composite sections.
Dr.Tadepalli has publications in various journals and is also a reviewer for Journal of Composites-B, Journal of Composite Materials, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Journal of Vibration and Control and Journal of Sandwich Composites and Materials. He holds a US patent and has an EIT certification from Michigan. He is a member of ASME, ASCE, ASC, APS, and Chi Epsilon Honor Society.
Ph.D., University Of Mississippi, USA
Civil Engineering, concentration in structural mechanics (2009).
Dissertation: Performance Assessment Methodology and Multi-hazard Evaluation of Blast Resistance of RC Frame Structures Designed in Moderate Seismic Zones Based on FE Simulations.
Advisor: Dr. Christopher Louis Mullen, Dept. of Civil Engg., University of Mississippi, USA
M.S., University Of Mississippi, USA
Civil Engineering, concentration in structural mechanics & earthquake engineering (2003).
Thesis: Interactive Computational Tools for Simulating Linear Dynamic Response and Nonlinear Quasi-Static Damage in Composite Structures
B.E., Karnataka University, India
Civil Engineering, First Class with Distinction, (2000).
Assistant Professor, Jan. 31, 2014 onwards, Department of Civil Engineering, Structures Division, National Institute of Technology, Warangal, T.S., India
Assistant Professor (Research), March 2013-Jan 2014, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of, Mississippi, USA
Experimental characterization and analytical modeling of high-strain rate dynamic response of composite materials and structures. Development of novel computational modeling methodologies for predicting the multi-scale behavior of cementitious materials and armored glass under ballistic and blast loading conditions.
Post Doctoral Research Associate, Oct. 2009- March 2013, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Mississippi, USA
Conducting experimental and computational research in characterizing high strain rate and shock response of sandwich composite panels for use in blast and impact resistant composite super-structures of Navy ships.
Project Engineer/Post Doc, Oct. 2008 to Sept. 2009, NEES Cyber infrastructure Center, SDSC, UC San Diego, USA
Responsibilities included coordinating between NEESit and Earthquake Engineering researchers at various experimental facilities across USA and delivery of technology tools and infrastructure to enable researchers to remotely participate in experiments, organize data, and collaborate with colleagues. Additional activities-
Graduate Research Assistant, Aug. 2001 to Jul. 2003 and Jan. 2005 to Dec. 2007, Center for Community
Earthquake Preparedness, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Mississippi, USA
Research work in structural dynamics, finite element modeling, composite materials, earthquake engineering, blast response of RC structures and multi-hazard mitigation.
Senior Engineer, Jan. 2008 to Sept. 2008, Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA
Blast vulnerability assessments, hazard mitigation and retrofit design for various facilities and infrastructure, technical support to engineers, proposal writing, technical innovation and development of analysis procedures.
Junior Consultant, Sept. 2000 to Jul. 2001, Reynolds Engineering Consultants, Hyderabad, India
Design of industrial steel structures and reinforced concrete multistory residential complexes, estimation, preparation of structural drawings and site inspection.