Prasad Rao N

Contact Details

Dr  Prasad Rao N
Principal Scientist
TTRS, CSIR-SERC
Trisoolam, Chennai – 600 043
E-mail: nprao(at)serc(dot)res(dot)in
Phone:91 44 2255590
Academic Background
  • Ph D, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy,Anna University
  • M.Tech, Structural Engineering,IIT M, Chennai
  • B.E., Civil Engineering,College of Engineering, Guindy,Anna University
Professional Background
  • Principal Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, 1st Jan. 2010 till date
  • Senior Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, 1st  Jan. 2005 –   – 31st   Dec. 2009
  • Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, 1st  Jan. 2001 –   31st    Dec.2004
  • Junior Scientist, CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre,  29th  Nov.1996  -31st   Dec.-2000
Areas of Scientific Interest
  • Analysis and design of Power Transmission line (TL) and communication and broad casting towers and tower like structures: Self-supporting towers, Guyed towers, Mono-Poles
  • Use of 60 deg., schifflerized angles, Circular, Square hollow sections, Cold formed steel and GFRP sections for towers.
  • Finite element modeling and failure analysis of towers and tower like structures and remedial measures
  • Full scale Testing of TL and communication towers, Masts, Poles, Guy towers, Mechanical strength tests of Insulators etc.
  • Development of optimal configurations for transmission and communication towers
  • Up gradation schemes and Strengthening techniques for the existing towers and Retrofitting for the corroded leg members in foundation
Awards & Honours
  • M. Ramaiah’s prize for the best technical paper in 2002 for the paper titled “Non Linear Behaviour of Lattice Panel of Angle Towers”, in int. Jnl. of “Constructional Steel Research”, 2001
  • Merit Certificate for the best technical paper in 2006 for the paper titled “A Study on Failure of Cross Arms in Transmission Line Towers ” published in the Int. Jnl of “Structural Stability and Dynamics”, September, 2005
  • Merit Certificate for the best technical paper in 2009 for the paper titled “Analytical and Experimental Studies on 400kV S/c Portal type guyed tower”, published in the Int. Jnl of “Structural Stability and Dynamics”, March, 2009
  • Merit Certificate for the best technical paper in 2011 for the paper titled :Investigation of Transmission line Tower Failures” published in Int. Jnl. of Engineering Failure Analysis”, , July, 2010
  • M. Ramaiah’s prize for the best technical paper in 2012 for  the paper titled “Studies on Failure of Transmission Line Towers in Testing” published in the Int. Jnl of “Engineering Structures”, Feb. 2012
  • Merit Certificate for the best technical paper in 2015 – 2016 for the paper titled “Damage detection in structural element through propagating waves using radially weighted and factored RMS”, published in Int. Jnl. of Measurement 73 (2015) pp. 520-538
Publications
  1. Prasad Rao N and Kalyanaraman V,Non-linear behaviour of lattice panel of angle tower’,Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 57, No.12, pp. 1337 – 1357,  2001
  2. Prasad Rao N., Mohan S.J., and Lakshmanan N, ’A Semi Empirical approach for estimating displacements and fundamental frequency of transmission line towers, Jnl. of Structural Stabilty and Dynamics, Vol.4, No.2 2004.
  3. Mohan S.J., Prasad Rao N., and Lakshmanan N, ’Flexural and local buckling interaction of steel angles, Jnl. of Structural Stabilty and Dynamics, Vol.5, No.2, 2005
  4. R. P. Rokade, S. J. Mohan, N. Prasad Rao, R. Balagopal, Development of methodology for refurbishment of transmission line tower foundation, Journal of Structural Engineering (JOSE), CSIR-SERC, (2008), Vol. 35, No: 1, pp 66 – 72.
  5. Prasad Rao N., Mohan S.J., and Lakshmanan N, A study on failure of cross arms in transmission line towers during prototype testing,  Jnl. of Structural Stabilty and Dynamics, Vol.5, No.3 , 2005
  6. Prasad Rao N., Mohan S.J., Rokade R.P., and Balagopal R,’Analytical and experimental studies on 400 kV S/C portal type guyed towers, Jnl. of Structural Stabilty and Dynamics, Vol.9, No.1, 2009
  7. Prasad Rao N, Samuel Knight G.M, Lakshmanan,N, Nagesh.R.Iyer, R, Investigation of Transmission Line Tower Failures, Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis’’, Volume 17, Issue 5, July 2010, Pages 1127-1141, 2010
  8. Prasad Rao N., Balagopal R., Mohan S.J., and Rokade R.P, Analytical and Experimental Studies on 400 and 132kV Steel Transmission Poles, Journal of Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol.18, Issue 3, pp 1018 – 1029, April 2011.
  9. Prasad Rao N., Samuel Knight G.M., Lakshmanan N., Seetharaman S., and Nagesh R. Iyer, Failure Analysis of Transmission Line Towers, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol.25, No.3, June 1, 2011. pp 231-240
  10. Prasad Rao N., Samuel Knight G.M., Lakshmanan N, Mohan S.J, ’Studies on Failure of Transmission Line Towers in Testing’’, Journal of Engineering Structures, Vol. 35, Feb.2012
  11. Prasad Rao N, Samuel Knight G.M, Lakshmanan,N, Nagesh.R.Iyer, R, Effect of Bolt Slip on Tower Deformation, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, Vol. 17, No.2, May 2012, ISSN 1084-0680, 2012
  12. R. Balagopal, N. Prasad Rao, R. P. Rokade, S. J. Mohan, Comparative studies on conventional monopole and Microwave Towers, Journal of Structural Engineering (JOSE), CSIR-SERC, (2012), Vol. 39, No: 4, pp 450 – 457
  13. N. Prasad Rao, R. Balagopal,  R. P. Rokade, S .J. Mohan, Schifflerised angle sections for triangular based communication towers, The IES Journal Part A: Civil & Structural Engineering, (2013), Vol. 6, No: 3,   pp 189-198
  14. Jothi Saravanan T, Gopalakrishnan N, Prasad Rao N, ’Damage detection in structural element through propagating waves using radially weighted and factored RMS, Jnl. of Measurement, 73 (2015) 520–538, 2015
  15. Jothi Saravanan, T  Prasad Rao N, Gopalakrishnan N, ’Experimental and numerical investigation on longitudinal wave propagation in rod with structural discontinuity, Journal of Structural (JoSE) Engineering, Vol. 42, No. 1, Apr – May 2015 pp. 1-7 No. 42, 2015
  16. Jothi Saravanan T, Gopalakrishnan N, Prasad Rao N, Detection of damage through coupled axial–flexural wave interactions in a sagged rod using the spectral finite element method, Journal of Vibration and Control,  1-20, 2016
  17. Jothi Saravanan, T  Prasad Rao N, Gopalakrishnan N, State-of-the-art review on health monitoring of transmission line conductors, Journal of Structural Engineering (JoSE) ,(CSIR-SERC),  Vol. 42, No. 5, December 2015 – January 2016 pp. 453-462 2016
  18. Jothi Saravanan, T  Prasad Rao N, Gopalakrishnan N, Experiments on coupled axial–flexural wave propagation in a sagged rod with structural discontinuity using piezoelectric transducers, Journal of Vibration and Control, 1–15, DOI: 10.1177/1077546317693431