Dr Hari Krishna P

Contact Details

Dr Harikrishna P
Senior Principal Scientist
Taramani, Chennai – 600 113
E-mail: hari(at)serc(dot)res(dot)in
Phone:91 44 22544826
Academic Background
  • Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), IIT Madras, 2010
  • M.E. (Structural Engineering), Anna University, 1991
  • B.E. (Civil Engineering), Andhra University, 1989
Professional Background
  • Current designation Senior Principal Scientist
  • Joined as Scientist Gr.IV(1) in May 1992 at CSIR-SERC, Chennai
  • Project Associate from May 1991 to May 1992 at IC&SR, IIT, Madras
  • Under UNDP Fellowship Worked in the area of Wind Engineering for about 5 months during Aug-Dec 1994 at:
    • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
    • CSIRO, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
    • CSIRO, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

    Involved in the following types of Consultancy and Sponsored Research Projects:

    • Wind Energy Sector
      • Analysis, design and field testing of towers (lattice and cylindrical) supporting wind turbines of various types and capacities
    • Real-estate Sector
      • Wind tunnel testing of models of tall buildings
      • Proof-checking the design of tall buildings
    • Power Sector
      • Evaluation of design basis cyclonic wind speed for IGCAR, Kalpakkam site based on site specific historical wind speed data using extreme value distribution
      • Investigation of wind characteristics by meteorological measurements in IGCAR, Kalpakkam
      • Wind tunnel testing of models of chimneys, cooling towers and industrial coal sheds to evaluate wind induced loads
      • Proof checking the design of tall steel and RC chimneys
    • Tele-Communication Sector
      • Design of free-standing and guyed steel lattice towers

    Involved in the following Academic Activities:

    • Professor under AcSIR at CSIR-SERC, Chennai – M.Tech Programme on ‘Engineering of Structures’ and ‘Renewable Energy’
    • AcSIR Coordinator at CSIR-SERC, Chennai
    • Guided several M.Tech/B.Tech students’ thesis works.
      • Currently guiding 5 Ph.D scholars

    Life member of the following societies:

    “Indian Society of Wind Engineering”

    “Indian Meteorological Society”

    Member of the following BIS committees:

    Panel for Wind Loads, CED 37 BIS, IS: 875 (Part 3) – Alternate Member

    Panel for Loads other than Wind Loads, CED 37/P:3, BIS – Alternate Member

    Special Structures, CED 38:5 (Sub), BIS –Alternate Member

    Special Structures, CED 38:3 (Sub), BIS – associated in the revision of IS: 4998

    Served as a member of various Technical Committees of the following Organisations:

    • Satish Dhawan Space Centre – SHAR, Sriharikota
    • Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Ltd., Hyderabad
    • National Institute for Wind Energy, Chennai
Areas of Scientific Interest
  • Wind Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Wind Energy
  • Random Data Processing
  • Data Mining
Awards & Honours
  • Received University Gold Medal from Andhra University in 1989.
  • As a team member received ‘A.S ARYA-UOR Disaster Prevention Award’ from University of Roorkee in 2000.
  • Member of the team which received ‘CSIR SHIELD FOR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY’ from CSIR in 2000.
  • Guide to Ms. M. Keerthana, who received ‘Best Thesis (M.Tech) Award‘ from Indian Society of Wind Engineering in 2013.
  • Guide to Ms. Shilpa who received ‘Best Thesis (M.Tech) Award‘ from Indian Society of Wind Engineering in 2015.

As a co-author of technical papers received the following awards:

  • Certificate of Special Mention under M. Ramaiah Award from CSIR-SERC in 1999.
  • Jai Krishna Medal from Institution of Engineers (India) Ltd. In 2001.
  • Best Experimental Study under Dr. M. Ramaiah Award from CSIR-SERC in 2003.
  • 2nd Best Paper Award from Indian Society of Wind Engineering in 2004.
  • M. Ramaiah Award from CSIR-SERC in 2004.
  • Certificate of Merit under Dr. M. Ramaiah Award from CSIR-SERC in 2006.
  1. Venkateswarlu, B., Harikrishna, P., Selvi Rajan, S. and Satish Ram Kumar, ‘Stochastic gust response of microwave lattice towers’, Computers & Structures, Vol.52, No.5, 1994, pp. 1031-1041.
  2. Harikrishna, P., Shanmugasundaram, J., and Gomathinayagam, S., ‘Use of computers and dedicated software for analysis of full-scale field measured data’, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE), Vol.23, No.1, April 1996.
  3. Shanmugasundaram, J., Gomathinayagam, S., Harikrishna, P., and Lakshmanan, N., “Full-scale measurements of dynamic response of a lattice tower”, Book on ‘Structural Assessment – The Role of Large and Full-scale Testing’, published by E & FN Spon, London, U.K., July 1996, pp. 363.
  4. Harikrishna, P., Shanmugasundaram, J., Gomathinayagam, S., and Lakshmanan, N., ‘Analytical and experimental studies on the gust response of a 52 m tall steel lattice tower under wind loading’, Computers & Structures, Vol. 70, No.2, January 1999, pp. 149-160.
  5. Shanmugasundaram, J., Harikrishna, P., Gomathinayagam, S. and Lakshmanan, N., ‘Wind, terrain and structural damping characteristics under tropical cyclone conditions’, Engineering Structures, Vol.21, No.11, November 1999, pp. 1006-1014.
  6. Shanmugasundaram, J., Arunachalam, S., Gomathinayagam, S., Lakshmanan, N. and Harikrishna, P., ‘Cyclone damage to buildings and structures – A case study’, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol.84, Issue 3, February 2000, pp. 369-380.
  7. Gomathinayagam, S., Shanmugasundaram, J., Harikrishna, P., Lakshmanan, N. and Rajasekaran, C., ‘Dynamic response of a lattice tower with antenna under wind loading’, Journal of Institution of Engineers (India), Vol.81, CV 1, June 2000.
  8. Harikrishna, P., Annadurai, A., Gomathinayagam, S. and Lakshmanan, N., “Full scale measurements of the structural response of a 50 m guyed mast under wind loading’, Engineering Structures, Vol.25, Issue 7, June, 2003, pp. 859-867.
  9. Abraham, A., Harikrishna, P., Gomathinayagam, S. and Lakshmanan, N., ‘Failure investigation of microwave towers during cyclones – A case study’, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE), Volume 32, Issue 3, pp.147-157, August 2005, pp. 147-157.
  10. Gomathinayagam, S., Harikrishna, P., Abraham, A. and Lakshmanan, N., ‘Bi-modal spectral method for evaluation of along-wind induced fatigue damage’, Wind & Structures, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp 255-270, July 2006, pp. 255-270.
  11. Harikrishna, P., N. Lakshmanan and Devdas Menon, ‘Evaluation of force coefficients of 2-D square cyclinder using unsteady non linear k-e model’, Journal of Wind and Engineering (Indian Society for Wind Engineering), Vol. 6, No.1, January 2009.
  12. Lakshmanan, N., Gomathinayagam, S.,    Harikrishna, P.,   Abraham, A., and Chitra Ganapathi, S., ‘Revisit of basic wind speed map of India with long term hourly wind data’, Current Science, Vol. 96, No.7, 2009, pp. 911-922.
  13. Arunachalam, S., Lakshmanan, N., Ramesh Babu, G., Selvi Rajan, S., and Harikrishna, P., ‘Across-wind response of a circular chimney due to vortex shedding’, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE), Vol. 37, No. 6, February-March 2011, pp. 444-446.
  14. Ramesh Babu, G., Selvi Rajan, S., Harikrishna, P., Lakshmanan, N., and Arunachalam, S., ‘Experimental determination of wind-induced response on a model of natural draught cooling tower’, Journal of Experimental Techniques, Vol. 37 (1), 2013, pp. 35-46.
  15. Keerthana, M. and Harikrishna, P., ’Application of CFD for assessment of galloping stability of rectangular and H-sections’, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, Vol 72, July 2013, pp. 419-427.
  16. Selvi Rajan, S., Ramesh Babu, G., Chitra Ganapathi, S., Arunachalam, S., Harikrishna, P., Abraham, A. and Nagesh R. Iyer, ‘Evaluation of aerodynamic parameters for a cooling tower model’, Journal of Wind and Engineering (Indian Society for Wind Engineering), Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2013, pp. 24-36.
  17. Balaji Rao, K., Anoop, M.B., Harikrishna, P., Selvi Rajan, S. and Nagesh R. Iyer, ‘Prediction of negative peak wind pressures on roofs of low-rise building’, International Journal – Wind and Structures, Vol. 19, No. 6, December 2014, pp. 623-647.
  18. Mantri, V.A., Ashok, K.S., Saminathan, K.R., J. Rajasankar, J. and Harikrishna, P., ‘Concept of triangular raft design: Achieving higher yield in Gracilaria edulis’, Aquacultural Engineering, Vol. 69, November 2015, pp. 1-6.
  19. Ashok, K.S., Harikrishnab, P., Gobala Krishnan, M., Saminathan, K.R., Monishaa, N., Malarvizhia, J., Veeragurunathan, V., Vaibhav    Mantria, and Rajasankar, J., ‘Does  orientation  of  raft  helps  in  augmenting  yield  during  lean period?:  A  case  study  of  Gracilaria  edulis  cultivation  in  open  sea  by vertical  raft  alignment  along  the  south-eastern  coast  of  India’, Aquacultural  Engineering, Vol. 74, 2016, pp. 186–197.
  20. Sasikala, K., Harikrishna, P. and Thamarai Selvi, S., ‘Cloud technology module for aggregation of survey data of housing and buildings in coastal villages as per IS:15499 towards cyclone disaster mitigation’, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE), Vol. 43, No. 2, June-July 2016, pp. 133-141.
  • Copyright for ‘CSIR-SERC Equation‘ for computing normalized across-wind tip deflection (wind-induced response) of a reinforced concrete circular chimney due to vortex shedding. CSIR obtained a copyright for the said Equation, December 2010. Authors: S. Arunachalam, N. Lakshmanan, G. Ramesh Babu, S. Selvi Rajan and P. Harikrishna
  • Know-how/Technology on ‘Analysis, Designing and Structural Detailing of G+3 and G+1 Reinforced Concrete Building using EPS‘, transfered to M/s CTSPL, Hyderabad in 2015. Authors: Jolly Annie Peter, Selvi Rajan, S., Bharat Kumar, B.H., Harikrishna, P. and Vasudevan, K.