Somayajulu Dhulipala

Somayajulu Dhulipala is a PhD candidate whose research interests are in the fields of computational and experimental solid mechanics and architected materials. Specifically, he is working to develop non-periodic self-architected metamaterials with tunable mechanical properties, which overcome drawbacks of conventional additively manufactured materials such as stress concentrations and poor scalability. With the support of a MathWorks Fellowship, Somayajulu will develop self-architected spinodal morphologies that can be fabricated through a phase-separation process. In the course of his research, he has developed MATLAB-based scripts enabling a wide range of essential tasks, including reading data from a nanoindentation tool and simultaneously providing material properties of interest; syncing stress-strain data to SEM videos of nanomechanical experiments; and transforming large, complex datasets from a nano X-Ray CT tool into a 3D model of a materials’ microstructures. Somayajulu’s innovative work has tremendous potential to advance the field of architected materials, powering future research and the development of valuable materials and products.



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