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Dr. Jitendra Tate



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2004
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, 1996
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, 1990

Research Interests:

  •  Development, manufacturing; and characterization of high-performance thermoset and thermoplastics polymeric matrix composites for industrial, aerospace, sports, biomedical, and energy applications such as,
    • High temperature applications e.g. rocket ablatives,
    • Fire-retardant interior structures of mass transit and aircraft,
    • Lighter and damage-tolerant wind turbine blades,
    • Thermoplastics conductive composites for 3D printing,
    • Bio-based composites using natural fibers (kenaf, ragweed, hemp, agricultural waste) and soy-based resins
  • Characterization and progressive failure analysis of polymers, elastomers, and composites under mechanical loading (static, fatigue, and impact); thermal loading; FST (fire, smoke and toxicity); and ablation
  • Manufacturing of  thermoset and thermoplastics polymer matrix composites with special interest in low cost vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
  • Fatigue of composites – Life prediction modeling and damage mechanisms
  • Structural health monitoring of composite structures
  • Environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology safety
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