Ranjith Kunnath Professor and Head Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Ranjith Kunnath is a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Mahindra École Centrale College of Engineering. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University.

Ranjith's research interests include theoretical mechanics of solids: friction and fracture problems, elasticity theory, wave propagation, computational mechanics, earthquake dynamics.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, USA.
    • M.Sc. (Engg.) Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
    • B.E. Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai.
  • Publications

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    Publications (Total Web of Science Citations = 538, * = Corresponding Author)

    • K. Ranjith*, Antiplane slip and bonded contact waves at a planar interface between two elastic layers, Journal of Applied Mechanics, 84 (10), 104501, 2017. 0 Citations. Impact Factor 2.772. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith*, A slip wave solution in antiplane elasticity, Geophysical Journal International, 208, 1305-1307, 2017. 1 Citation. Impact Factor 2.777. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith*, Spectral formulation of the elastodynamic boundary integral equations for bi-material interfaces, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 59, 29-36, 2015. 1 Citation. Impact Factor 2.787. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith*, Instabilities in dynamic anti-plane sliding of an elastic layer on a dissimilar elastic half-space, Journal of Elasticity, 115, 47-59, 2014. 5 Citations. Impact factor 1.906. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith*, Destabilization of long-wavelength Love and Stoneley waves in slow sliding, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 46, 3086-3092, 2009. 7 Citations. Impact Factor 2.787. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith*, Dynamic anti-plane sliding of dissimilar anisotropic linear elastic solids, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 45, 4211-4221, 2008. 3 Citations. Impact Factor 2.787. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith* and H. Gao, Stability of frictional slipping at an anisotropic/isotropic interface, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 44, 4318-4328, 2007. 1 Citation. Impact Factor 2.787. (doi)
    • J. R. Rice, N. Lapusta and K. Ranjith, Rate and state dependent friction and the stability of sliding between elastically deformable solids, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 49, 1865-1898, 2001. 304 Citations. Impact Factor 4.087.(doi)
    • K. Ranjith* and J. R. Rice, Slip dynamics at an interface between dissimilar materials, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 49, 341-361, 2001. 166 Citations. Impact Factor 4.087. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith* and J. R. Rice, Stability of quasi-static slip in a single degree of freedom elastic system with rate and state dependent friction, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 49, 1207-1218, 1999. 46 Citations. Impact Factor 4.087. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith* and R. Narasimhan, Asymptotic fields for dynamic crack growth at a ductile-brittle interface, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 45, 67-85, 1997. 1 Citations. Impact Factor 4.087. (doi)
    • K. Ranjith* and R. Narasimhan, Asymptotic and finite element analyses of mode III dynamic crack growth at a ductile-brittle interface, International Journal of Fracture, 76, 61-77, 1996. 3 Citations. Impact Factor 2.884. (doi)
  • Experience
    • Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT University, Vellore, India
    • Invited Professor, Seismology group, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France.
    • Professor (Research), SRM Research Institute, SRM University, Kattankulathur, India.
    • Associate Professor (Research), SRM Research Institute, SRM University, Kattankulathur, India.
    • Consultant, Radio Studio, Chennai, India.
    • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Amrita University, Coimbatore, India.
    • Postdoctoral Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany.
    • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.
    • Postdoctoral Scientist, Mechanical Engineering Department, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.
  • Others

    Teaching Summary

    • Winter 2017, VIT University: MEE1002 Engineering Mechanics (B. Tech. Course)
    • Fall 2016, VIT University: MEE5013 Advanced Mechanics of Solids (M. Tech. Course)
    • Winter 2016, VIT University: MEE336 Finite Element Analysis (B. Tech. Course)
    • Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016 MEE214, VIT University: Strength of Materials (B. Tech. Course)
    • Spring 2013, Spring 2014, and Spring 2015, SRM University: ME0001 Finite Element Methods. (B. Tech. Course)
    • Fall 2012, Fall 2013 and Fall 2014, SRM University: MA2007, Applied Mathematics for Mechanical Engineers. (M. Tech. Course)
    • Spring 2007 and Spring 2008, Amrita University: ME 660 Mechanical Behaviour of Engineering Materials. (M. Tech. Course)
    • Fall 2007, Amrita University: ME 600 Theory of Elasticity. (M. Tech. Course)
    • Spring 2003 and Spring 2004, IIT Bombay: ME 202 Strength of Materials. (B. Tech. Course) 
    • Fall 2003, IIT Bombay: ME 621 Mathematical Methods in Mechanics. (M. Tech. Course)
    • Spring 2001, Harvard University: Teaching Fellow for ES 123 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics. (Undergraduate Course)
    • Spring 1997, Harvard University: Teaching Fellow for AM 105b Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. (Undergraduate Course)

    Selected Talks

    • 61st ISTAM Congress – An International Conference, VIT University, Vellore, 14 December 2016.
    • Institut de Physiqe du Globe de Paris, France, 28 June 2016.
    • Centre for Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 20 February 2015.
    • 59th ISTAM Congress – An International Conference, Alliance University, Bangalore, 17 December 2014.
    • TIFR Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore, 24 April 2014.
    • International Conference on Computational, Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, 6 January 2007.
    • Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 22 December 2006.
    • Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 31 March 2006.
    • National Workshop-cum-Symposium on Complex Fluids, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 6 December 2002.
    • Mardi Gras Conference on Multiscale Simulation, Theoretical, and Experimental Approaches to Deformation, Friction, Fatigue, and Fracture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 23 February 2001.
    • Workshop on Fracture, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, U.K., 9 November 1999.
    • Thirteenth U.S. National Congress of Applied Mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville, 23 June 1998.
    • American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, Boston, 28 April 1998.