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Seetha Raghavan

Professor, Aerospace Engineering Coordinator

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Phone: 407-823-1737
Office: ENG1 407
Website: Raghavan Research Group
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Seetha Raghavan is an professor at UCF with research interests in aerospace structures and materials. She holds a doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University, a master's degree in aerospace engineering from ISAE-SUPAERO in France and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has seven years of experience in the aerospace industry where she was a senior engineer involved in aircraft structural analysis, aircraft maintenance, repair and modifications, as well as research and development in nondestructive structural testing.

As a UCF faculty member since 2008, Raghavan works with her students to engineer materials as sensors to monitor structural integrity and capture the mechanics of high temperature materials for jet engine turbine blades, high speed and re-entry vehicles. She develops innovative characterization techniques that lead to experimental discoveries — from the fundamentals of load transfer with nanoparticle reinforcements to “seeing” strains evolve in high temperature coatings and materials under extreme operating conditions — the outcomes will engineer materials and structures that lead to game-changing technology in aeronautics and space.

Research Interests: Mechanics of Aerospace Structures and Materials, Thermal Barrier Coatings, Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction, Piezospectroscopy, Sensing materials, Experimental Mechanics

  • Ph.D. Purdue University Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • M.S. ENSAE (SUPAERO, France) Aeronautical Engineering
  • B.S. Nanyang Technological University Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Aerospace Engineering Coordinator
  • Sigma Gamma Tau
  • AIAA UCF Chapter
  • Albert Manero II, Kevin Knipe, Janine Wischek, Carla Meid, John Okasinski, Jonathan Almer, Anette M. Karlsson, *Marion Bartsch, and *Seetha Raghavan, “Capturing the Competing Influence of Thermal and Mechanical Loads on the Strain of Turbine Blade Coatings via High Energy X-Rays,” Coatings, 320, Vol. 8, issue 9, 2018

  • Alex Selimov, +Sanjida Akter Jahan, #Eric Barker, Peter Dackus, Declan Carolan, Ambrose Taylor, and Seetha Raghavan*, “Silane functionalization effects on dispersion of alumina nanoparticles in hybrid carbon fiber composites,” Appl. Opt. 57, 6671-6678 (2018)

  • Albert Manero II , Alex Selimov, Quentin Fouliard, Kevin Knipe, Janine Wischek, Carla Meid, Anette M. Karlsson, Marion Bartsch, Seetha Raghavan, Piezospectroscopic evaluation and damage identification for thermal barrier coatings subjected to simulated engine environments” Surface & Coatings Technology, 323, 30-38, 2016

  • Imad Hanhan, Alex Selimov, Declan Carolan, Ambrose Taylor, Seetha Raghavan, “Quantifying Alumina Nanoparticle Dispersion in Hybrid Carbon Fiber Composites Using Photoluminescent Spectroscopy”, Applied Spectroscopy, January 1, 2016.

  • Gregory Freihofer, Axel Schülzgen, Seetha Raghavan, “Damage Mapping of Composites with a Degrading Elastic Modulus”, NDT & E International, Vol. 75, 65-71, October 2015.

  • Sanna F. Siddiqui, Kevin Knipe, Albert Manero, Carla Meid, Janine Wischek, John Okasinski, Jonathan Almer, Anette Karlsson, Marion Bartsch, and Seetha Raghavan, “Synchrotron X-Ray Measurement Techniques for Thermal Barrier Coated Cylindrical Samples under Thermal Gradients”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 84, 083904, 2013.

  • Gregory Freihofer, Daniela Fugon-Dessources, Emrecan Ergin, Amy Van Newkirk , Ankur Gupta, Sudipta Seal, Axel Schülzgen, Seetha Raghavan, “Piezospectroscopic measurements capturing the evolution of plasma-spray coating stresses with substrate loads”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Article ASAP, 14 January 2014.

  • ason Gibson, James McKee, Gregory Freihofer, Seetha Raghavan and Jihua Gou, “Enhancement in ballistic performance of composite hard armor through carbon nanotubes”, International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, Available online, 17 January 2014.

  • R. Diaz, M. Jansz, M. Mossaddad, S. Raghavan, J. Okasinski, J. Almer, H. Palaez- Perez and P. Imbrie, “Role of mechanical loads in inducing in-cycle tensile stress in the thermally grown oxide”, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 100, 111906, 2012.

  • Amanda Stevenson, Ashley Jones, and Seetha Raghavan, “Stress-Sensing Nanomaterial Calibrated with Photostimulated Luminescence Emission”, Nano Letters, 11 (8), pp 3274– 3278, 2011.