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Ajit Achuthan

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Ajit Achuthan
Associate Professor
266 CAMP
Clarkson University
PO Box 5725
Potsdam, NY  13699-5725
Phone: 315-268-4429     Fax: 315-268-6695
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Educational Background
Ph.D., Purdue University (2004)
M.E., National University of Singapore, Singapore (2000)
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India (1998)
B.Tech., Calicut University, Kerala, India (1994)

AE 350 Aircraft Structures Analysis
ES 320 Statics
CE/ME 551 Theory of Elasticity

Aeronautical Engineering Curriculum Committee

Research Interests
Dr Achuthan’s research is in the areas of solid mechanics and advanced materials. Currently, he is focusing on acoustic meta-materials, surface nanocrystallization of metals, and health monitoring of wind turbines.  He is interested in studying and solving problems associated with the development of next generation “small” scale devices such as MEMS and nanodevices. In the advanced materials area Dr Achuthan’s current focus include multiscale modeling of ferroelectric material behavior, Molecular Dynamic simulation of nanomaterial behavior, and developing composite materials for harsh environment conditions. Dr Achuthan is also working on structural impact problems and thermal stress analysis problems for refractory structures.

Selected Publications


A. Achuthan and C.T. Sun, “A study of mechanisms of domain switching in a ferroelectric material via loading rate effect.” Acta Materialia, 57(13), pp 3868-3875 (2009).

A. Achuthan and C.T. Sun, “Domain Switching in ferroelectric ceramic materials under combined loading.” Journal of Applied Physics, 97, Art # 114103 (2005).

C.T. Sun and A. Achuthan, “Domain Switching Criteria for Ferroelectric Materials Subjected to Electrical and Mechanical Loads.” Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 87(3), pp. 395-400 (2004).

A. Achuthan, K.K. Ang and C.M. Wang,  “Shape Control of Statically Indeterminate Laminated Beams with Piezoelectric Actuators.”, Mech. Adv. Mat. & Struc., 10(2), pp.145-160 (2003).

A. Achuthan, A.K. Keng and W.C. Ming, “Shape Control of Coupled Nonlinear Piezoelectric Beams.”,  Smart Materials and Structures, 10(5), pp.914-924 (2001).

C.M. Wang, K.K. Ang and A. Achuthan, “Shape Control of Laminated Cantilevered Beams with piezoelectric Actuators.”, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 10(2), pp 164-175 (1999).

Conference Proceedings & Presentations
A. Achuthan and C.T. Sun, “Loading Rate Effect on the Domain Switching of Ferroelectric Materials”, ASME 2008 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and  Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2008 (2008).

A. Achuthan and C.T. Sun, “Effect of Residual Stresses on Ferroelectric Ceramic Materials”, Smr. Str. Mat., Act. Mat.: Beh.& Mech., SPIE (2004).

C.T. Sun and A. Achuthan, “Domain Switching in Polycrystalline Ferroelectrics Based on Microstructures” Int. Symp. Macro-Meso-Micro-Nano-Mechanics of Mat., Hong Kong (Dec. 2003).

A. Achuthan and C.T. Sun, “Modeling of nonlinear piezoelectric behavior.”, Smr. Str. Mat.., Act. Mat.: Beh.& Mech., Proc. Soc. Pho.-Opt. Instr. Eng. (SPIE) 4699, pp.143-154 (2002).

C.T. Sun and A. Achuthan, “Modeling of Nonlinear Behavior of PZT Piezoceramics Based on Microstructures” First World Congress on Biomimetics and Artificial Muscles, Biomimetics 2002, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (Dec. 9-11, 2002).

C.T. Sun and A. Achuthan, “Domain switching criteria for piezoelectric materials.”, Smr. Str. Mat. : Act. Mat.: Beh. &Mech., Proc Soc. Pho.-Opt. Instr. Eng. (SPIE) 4333, pp. 240-249 (2001).

K.K. Ang, A. Achuthan and C.M. Wang, “Linear and Nonlinear actuations in shape control of beams.”, Smr. Str. & Dev., Proc. Soc. Pho.-Opt. Inst. Eng. (SPIE) 4235, pp. 509-520 (2001).

A. Achuthan and R.M.S. Gowda, “Analysis of Axisymmetric Vibration of Polar Orthotropic Circular Plates” Proc. of the 48th AGM, AeSI, pp. 519-528 (1997).