Srikanth Bontha


Associate Professor

Date of Joining at NITK: 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Professional Experience: 

Total: 12 years 5 months, and at NITK: 4 year 11 months

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Academic Background

• PhD (Wright State University),2006
• M.S. (Wright State University), 2002
• B.Tech. (JNTU College of Engg, Hyderabad),1999

Areas of Interest

• Mechanics and Materials Issues in Additive Manufacturing,
• Laser Processing of Materials
• Modeling of Manufacturing Processes

Significant Projects

Project Title: Understanding the Evolution of Residual Stress During Repair and Refurbishment of Gas Turbine Components via Laser Additive Manufacturing
Sponsoring Agency: Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY)
Amount: Rs. 66,00,000
Status: Ongoing (2018-2020)
Role: CO-PI

Project Title: Development of Composite Filament for Lightweight 3D Printed Components
Sponsoring Agency: DST- TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (TSDP) in the area of Development of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Amount: Rs. 33.03,622
Status: Ongoing, 2016-2019
Role: CO-PI

Supervision of Ph.D

Ongoing: 06

Significant Publications

• Marattukalam, J.J., Balla, V.K., Das., M., Bontha S., and Kalpathy, S.K., 2018, “Effect of heat treatment on microstructure, corrosion, and shape memory characteristics of laser deposited NiTi alloy,” Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 744, pp. 337-346.

• Manne, B., Thiruvayapati, H., Bontha, S., Ramesh, M.R., Das, M., Balla, V.K., 2018, “Surface design of Mg-Zn alloy temporary orthopaedic implants: Tailoring wettability and biodegradability using laser surface melting,” Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 347,
pp. 337-349.

• Jeyachandran, P., Patil, B.R., Doddamani, M.R., Bontha, S., and Balla, V.K., 2017 “Development of Thermoplastic Feedstock Filament for 3D Printing,” 10th International Conference on Precision, Meso, Micro and Nano Engineering (COPEN 10), Indian Institute of
Technology Madras, Chennai, December 2017.

• Manne, B., Bontha S., Ramesh, M.R., Munishamaiah, K., Balla, V.K., 2017 “Solid State Amorphization of Mg-Zn-Ca System via Mechanical Alloying and Characterization,” Advanced Powder Technology, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 223-229.

• Avinash, L., Prabhu, R.T., and Bontha, S., 2016 “The Effect on the Dry sliding wear behavior of Gravity Cast A357 reinforced with Dual Size Silicon Carbide particles,” International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Materials, Volume 829, pp.83-89.

• Hazarika, B., Mallikarjuna, B., Prasad, K., Balla, V.K., Bontha S., 2016 “ Numerical Modeling of Laser Additive Manufacturing Processes,” International NAFEMS Conference - NAFEMS 3D Engineering Modeling, Analysis, Simulation & 3D Printing, Bangalore, August

• Mallikarjuna, B., Prasad K., Balla, V.K., Das., M., Bontha S., 2016 “Understanding Thermal Behavior in Laser Processing of Titanium Aluminide Alloys,” 6th International and 27th All India Manufacturing Technology, Design and Research Conference (AIMTDR-2016),
College of Engineering, Pune, December 2016, pp. 73-77.

• Bontha, S., and Klingbeil N.W., 2016, “Effect of Melt Pool Behaviour on Solidification Microstructure in Laser Additive Manufacturing of Ti-6Al-4V Thin-Wall Structures” 5th International Engineering Symposium - IES 2016, Kumamoto University, Japan, March 2016,
pp. 239-244.

• Marattukalam, J.J., Singh, A.K., Datta S., Balla, V.K., Das., M., Bontha S., and Kalpathy, S.K., 2015, “Microstructure And Corrosion Behavior Of Laser Processed NiTi Alloy,” Materials Science and Engineering C, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 309-313.

• Gockel, J., Klingbeil, N.W., and Bontha, S., 2015 “A Closed-Form Solution for the Effect of Free Edges on Melt Pool Geometry and Solidification Microstructure in Additive Manufacturing of Thin-Wall Geometries,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, Volume
47, No. 2, pp. 1400-1408.


1. 3 Patents (granted) and 1 trade secret.
2. Selected to represent The Minerals, Metals & Materials
Society (TMS) in the Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA)
Capstone Training Program, November 2010, Denver,
Colorado, USA.
3. Recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Young Manufacturing
Engineer award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
4. Selected as a 2009 American Society for Metals (ASM)
/Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) Visiting Lecturer.
5. Recipient of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS),
Young Leader Professional Development Award for Year 2009.


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Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangalore - 575 025
Karnataka, India.

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