Dr. Pydah specializes in solid mechanics, structural dynamics, design, and finite element analysis (FEA) with expertise in the non-linear dynamics and failure of high-performance structures made of metallic, composite, and ceramic materials. He has extensive experience in developing high-fidelity analytical and computational (FEA) models for the analysis of complex structural assemblages used in the mechanical, aerospace, naval, and automobile industries.
Dr. Pydah’s doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on the design, analysis, and failure of structures in extreme environments, where they are subjected to blast loads, ballistic impact, or crashes. This involved the consideration of large deformations, non-linear materials, plasticity, damage and complex failure mechanisms. He also developed novel foldable, deployable, and adaptable origami structures. His research has found applications as blast mitigating metamaterials in civil/defense vehicles and infrastructure, as armor and impact protectors for infantry and athletes, as tunable energy harvesters, and as multi-functional outer space habitats for inter-planetary missions.
At Virginia Tech, Dr. Pydah was the technical advisor to the Virginia Tech Wind Turbine Team which developed renewable energy solutions for local and international farms. He regularly volunteers as a scientific judge for regional and state science fairs as well as the Department of Energy National Science Bowl.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, 2016
- B.Sc. Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, India, 2009
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Influence of Thin Polymeric Surface Layer on Behind the Ceramic Armor Ballistic Trauma, International Journal of Impact Engineering (in preparation).
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Beam-based vibration energy harvesters tunable through folding, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 141(1) 011003 (2019).
Guojun Nie, Anup Pydah, and R.C. Batra, Torsion of functionally graded truncated conical cylinders, Composite Structures (in press 2019).
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Blast loading of bumper shielded hybrid two-layered Miura-ori/ honeycomb core sandwich plates, Thin-Walled Structures, 129 (2018), 45-57.
Anup Pydah and Aditya Sabale, Closed-form exact solutions for thick bi-directional functionally graded circular beams, Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures (to appear, 2018), 10.1108/MMMS-12-2017-0.156.
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Analytical solution for cylindrical bending of multilayered foldcore sandwich panels, Thin-Walled Structures, 123 (2018), 509-519.
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Shear deformation theory using logarithmic function for thick circular beams and analytical solution for bi-directional functionally graded circular beams, Composite Structures, 172 (2017) 45-60.
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Crush dynamics and transient deformations of elastic-plastic Miura-ori core sandwich plates, Thin-Walled Structures, 115 (2017), 311-322.
Anup Pydah and Aditya Sabale, Static analysis of bi-directional functionally graded curved beams, Composite Structures, 160 (2017) 867-876.
Anup Pydah and K. Bhaskar, Accurate analytical solutions for shear-deformable web-core sandwich plates, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials 19(5) (2017), 616-643.
Anup Pydah and K. Bhaskar, An accurate discrete model for web-core sandwich plates, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 18(4) (2016), 474-500.
Anup Pydah and K. Bhaskar, Accurate discrete modelling of stiﬀened isotropic and orthotropic rectangular plates, Thin-Walled Structures, 97 (2015), 266-278.
K. Bhaskar and Anup Pydah, An elasticity approach for simply-supported isotropic and orthotropic stiffened plates, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 89 (2014), 21–30.
Anup Pydah and R.C. Batra, Lightweight origami-core sandwich structures for improved blast resistance, MII Technical conference and review, Blacksburg, VA, April 2018 (BEST POSTER AWARD).
Anup Pydah, An accurate discrete model for the dynamics of web-core sandwich plates, ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Houston, TX, November 2015.
Anup Pydah and K. Bhaskar, Elasticity solutions for isotropic and orthotropic stiffened plates, 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, East Lansing, MI, June 2014.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech, 2016-2019
Editorships and Editorial Review Boards
International Journal of Engineering and Technologies (IJET), Member of Editorial Board, 2018- Present
AIAA Journal, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Applied Mathematical Modelling, Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures and IJET.