Dr. Ganapathi Ammasai Sengodan

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Current positions

Lecturer in Aircraft Structures

Dr Ganapathi is working as a lecturer at the University of Salford. Before joining Salford university, he was working as a senior researcher at Rolls-Royce supported Composites University Technology Centre (UTC) of Bristol Composites Institute (BCI). Ganapathi has developed materials property models for the composite fan blades under the projects FANTASTICAL and CTIFAN funded by Aerospace Technology Institute and UKRI. He worked as a research fellow at Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre of Nanyang Technological University (RR@NTU), Singapore and developed repair methodologies for composites aero-engine structures. Dr Ganapathi earned his PhD from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for his work titled “Numerical and experimental investigation of thick composites manufacturing for wind turbines”. Dr Ganapathi also worked as a stress analysis engineer at the Aircraft Research and Design Centre of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, India.

Areas of research

Machine learning-based design of material microstructures for extreme environments, Failure mechanism of composites under hygro-thermal conditions, ML & AI-assisted process modelling of the composites manufacturing process , Numerical modelling of composite storage tanks

Areas of supervision

Digital engineering of materials, Process modelling of composites manufacturing process, Behaviour composite structures under hygrothermal conditions and Failure & delamination analysis of composite materials (Experimental & Numerical).


  • Aircraft structures
  • Finite element analysis for aircraft structures
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Mechanics of composite materials

Areas of Research

Digital engineering of multiphase materials, Process modelling of composites manufacturing, Behaviour composite structures under in-service conditions and Failure and delamination analysis of composite materials (Experimental & Numerical).

Research grants:

  • “Machine learning-based prediction of the non-linear response of composite material microstructures under in-service conditions” funded by Salford university’s Innovation Strategy Fund, £125K, Aug 2022 – July 2024, Role – Principal Investigator.
  • “Deep learning-based predictions of process parameters for thick composite laminates manufacturing.” funded by Engineering Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Prize (PDRA prize), University of Bristol, ~£4K, Jul 2021 – Sep 2021, Role – Principal Investigator.
  • “Feature extraction, description and quantification of composite microstructures using spatial descriptors and digital image analysis.” funded by Faculty Summer Research Internship Scheme, University of Bristol, £5K, Jul 2021, Role – Principal Investigator.
  • “Hygrothermal effects on the translaminar fracture toughness of composite laminates” funded by EPSRC Supergen ORE hub early career research fund, £5K, May 2020 – Jan 2021, Role – Principal Investigator.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD