Mechanics of Materials Laboratory

Our research revolves around two main themes. The first theme concerns engineering the microstructure of materials to develop and discover new functional materials with novel macroscopic properties. To guide the development of new materials we employ mathematical and computational tools. The second theme involves investigation of characteristic behavior of slender structures composed of functional materials. The subtle interplay of geometry and material microstructure in slender structures makes this study a fascinating endeavour.

Our final aim is to demonstrate the novelty of our materials and structures in the laboratory using experimental techniques. Our long-term goal is to establish a sound program where theory and experiments complement each other to further the understanding of mechanics of materials.

Research & Publications

Our current research focuses on the three following functional materials:

  1. Shape memory alloys (SMAs)

  2. Ferromagnets with large magnetostriction

  3. Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs)

Publication List (Google Scholar):

  1. Bounds on the energy of a cubic ferromagnet with large magnetostriction
    Journal of Nonlinear Science, Volume 30, 2020, Pages 3367–3388 (19 September 2020)
    Raghavendra Venkatraman, Vivekanand Dabade and Richard D. James
  2. Branching of twins in shape memory alloys revisited
    Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (JMPS) (12 April 2020)
    Hanuš Seiner, Paul Plucinsky, Vivekanand Dabade, Barbora Benešová and Richard D. James
  3. Micromagnetics of Galfenol
    Journal of Nonlinear Science, Volume 29, 2019, Pages 415--460. (14 September 2018)
    Vivekanand Dabade, Raghavendra Venkatraman and Richard D. James
  4. The effect of inertia on the orientation dynamics of anisotropic particles in simple shear flow
    Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 791, 2016, Pages 631–703
    Vivekanand Dabade, Navaneeth K Marat and G. Subramanian
  5. Effects of inertia and viscoelasticity on sedimenting anisotropic particles
    Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Volume 778, 2015, Pages 133–188
    Vivekanand Dabade, Navaneeth K Marat and G. Subramanian
  6. 9 T high magnetic field annealing effects on FeN bulk sample
    Journal of the Applied Physics, 115, 17A758 (2014)
    Yanfeng Jiang, Vivekanand Dabade, Michael P. Brady, Orlando Rios , Richard D. James and Jian-Ping Wang
  7. Study of the cofactor conditions: conditions of supercompatibility
    Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Volume 61, Issue 12, December 2013, Pages 2566--2587
    Xian Chen, Vijay Srivastava, Vivekanand Dabade, and Richard D. James
  8. Enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure of a phase-transforming material
    Nature, 50, 85--88 (03 October 2013)
    Yintao Song, Xian Chen, Vivekanand Dabade, Thomas Shield, and Richard D. James



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   Vivekanand Dabade

  • PostDoc at Ecole Polytechnique, France
  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, USA
  • M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, JNCASR, India
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, VTU, Karnataka, India

Vivek is an Assistant Professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of solid mechanics, materials science and applied mathematics. His CV can be found here.

Open Positions

Post-doctoral positions

Candidates interested in interdisciplinary theoretical or experimental research in solid mechanics are encouraged to get in touch by email ( .

MS/PhD positions

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing research towards a MS or PhD degree are encouraged to apply to IISc.

Project assistants

There is an opening for a Project Assistant/Associate in experimental solids mechanics. Candidates with demonstrated interest are encouraged to apply. Salary will be as per IISc norms. Interested candidates please email with your CV.

Contact Us


Department of Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Science,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560012, India

Phone: +91-80-2293-3164