Dr Prashant Saxena
- Lecturer (Infrastructure & Environment)
My research group investigates soft solids and structures under extreme deformation.
We currently focus on smart composites with multi-physics coupling (electro-mechanical and magneto-mechanical), and soft biological tissues. Extreme deformation of structures made of these soft materials result in instabilities. Traditionally instabilities are associated with structural failure, but in the case of soft solids instabilities are generally reversible and can be exploited to our advantage and implemented as an engineering design feature. We model these instabilities using mathematical and computational tools to develop a deeper understanding of their mechanics.
Our commonly used tools are nonlinear solid mechanics, continuum mechanics, variational calculus, and numerical analysis.
- Lecturer, University of Glasgow (2018 onwards)
- Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (2015-18)
- Postdoc, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2014-15)
- Postdoc, Chair for Applied Mechanics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (2012-14)
- PhD in Applied Mathematics, University of Glasgow (2012)
- Bachelor and Master of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (2009)
Saxena, P. , Reddy, N. H. and Pradhan, S. P. (2019) Magnetoelastic deformation of a circular membrane: wrinkling and limit point instabilities. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 116, pp. 250-261. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2019.07.006)
Saxena, P. (2018) Finite deformations and incremental axisymmetric motions of a magnetoelastic tube. Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 23(6), pp. 950-983. (doi: 10.1177/1081286517697502)
Saxena, P. , Hossain, M. and Steinmann, P. (2014) Nonlinear magneto-viscoelasticity of transversally isotropic magneto-active polymers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 470(2166), 20140082. (doi: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0082) (PMID:24914399) (PMCID:PMC4042725)
Saxena, P. , Vu, D. K. and Steinmann, P. (2014) On rate-dependent dissipation effects in electro-elasticity. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, 62, pp. 1-11. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2014.02.002)
Saxena, P. and Ogden, R. (2011) On surfaces waves in a finitely deformed magnetoelastic half space. International Journal of Applied Mechanics, 3(4), pp. 633-665. (doi: 10.1142/S1758825111001172)
- Early Career Researcher Award (Principal Investigator)
Science and Engineering Research Board, India (2018)
- Ramanujan Fellowship (Principal Investigator)
Science and Engineering Research Board, India (2015)
Positions are open for motivated students to undertake their Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research. Interested candidates may email me with their CV and a brief statement of their research interests.
There are several ways to fund your studies, some of them are listed on this webpage.
I currently teach
- ENG4025/ ENG5294: Finite Element Analysis
- ENG3047: Structural Mechanics 3
- ENG1026: Engineering Skills 1
Complete details of past teaching and courses developed are available here.
Professional activities & recognition
- 2015 - 2018: Ramanujan Fellowship, Science and Engineering Research Board (India)
Positions are open for motivated students to undertake their Masters, PhD or postdoctoral research in the general area of mechanics of solids and structures. Interested candidates may email me with their CV and a brief statement of their research interests.
Fellowship Opportunities :
I am happy to support motivated candidates with their fellowship applications to work on topics in mechanics. Below is the list of some relevant possibilities. Feel free to contact me if you're interested:
- Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellowships
- Marie Curie Fellowships
- EPSRC Fellowships
- Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowships
- STFC Fellowships
- Scottish Enterprise/Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowships
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships
- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships
- Newton International Fellowships
- Ernest Rutherford Fellowships
- Fellowships supported by STFC
- The Leverhulme Trust Fellowships
- University of Glasgow Fellowship Schemes