Professor of Practice of Engineering
PhD (Delft University of Technology)
Research Interests: Composites, Design, Vibration, Fatigue and Optimisation
Professor Sham Gurav is a Professor of Practice at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has been working with for the last 6 years with several engineering institutes on developing incubation centres and promoting startups. He has done his Masters from IIT Madras and PhD from TU Delft, the Netherlands. He has worked with NASA and Lockheed Martin on a project for his postdoctoral work at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA. He has worked in the aircraft industry in several areas such as aircraft wind design and analysis, engine and aircraft fuel systems at companies like GE, EATON, ATKINS and AOES in Europe as well as India.
He has founded a startup that works for developing innovative products for disabled people. The aim of this startup is to provide affordable and easy to use products in order to improve mobility of disabled people. These products involve Electric Vehicle technologies and recent advancements in it. He has developed a novel technology for using Fiber Reinforced Polymer-based manufacturing. He also helps actively startups for developing new ideas and converting them into market ready products.
1. Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite
Reducing weight is very important in several applications, especially in Electric Vehicles for improving efficiency. We are trying to use FRP material for reducing the weight of the structure. Using FRP in a conventional way has limitations when it comes to product manufacturing (mass manufacturing) due to the requirement of mould. We have developed a novel technology for producing FRP parts without using moulds. This technology is suitable for rapid prototyping as well as mass production. Additionally, we are innovating in sandwich structures for optimising the design by combining several materials with FRP.
2. Biomedical Devices
Supporting devices and implants are becoming more and more common due to problems in the lumbar region, near the hip joint and knee joint. We are carrying out research on the hip bone implant that involves biomechanical simulation of bone and tissues at the hip joint. This research would help understand load patterns in case of damaged ligaments, evaluate various design arrangements for fixing the hip bone by means of supporting implants and external devices that can help support while walking.
3. Electric Vehicles
We are exploring several areas in Electric Vehicles (EV) that can help improve the efficiency or usability of EVs. We are working on combined vibration and cooling of battery systems, mounting solar panels such that they undergo very little vibration, electrical braking and steering system which would be beneficial for Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) and design and manufacturing of chassis and components using FRP-based material.
Introduction to Composites
Manufacturing methods of Fibers and Resin
Micromechanics of a lamaina
Macro mechanics of a laminate
Failure analysis of a laminate
Design of structures using FRP
Design Innovation and Making
Learn Jobs-To-Be-Done: Empathy, Understanding customers
Learn how to be creative
Learn how to come up with innovations systematically
Learn to apply TRIZ technique
Learn how to build prototype and test it
Several other courses taught in the past are as follows:
Finite Element Analysis
Engineering Programming using Python