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Dr. Bishakh Bhattacharya is a Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kanpur, India. He is currently the HAL Chair for the period of Feb 2021 - Jan 2024. He is the former Head of the Design Programme from 2011-2013. He also served as a head of Cognitive Science Programme and coordinated the Space Technology Cell of the Institute. He was a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, where he researched on Structural Health Monitoring of Complex Autonomous Systems in collaboration with Prof. K. Visakan, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He was also a visiting Professor at IPS-Waseda University, Japan and jointly developed a series of Pipe Health Monitoring robots with Prof. Harutoshi Ogai. As a DST-JSPS recipient, he is working in collaboration with Prof. Hiroaki Wagatsuma of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan on a Child Robot Interaction study. He is active in creating Web and Video-based course materials for India’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) initiative.
PhD in Aerospace Engineering, 1998
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru
ME in Mechanical Engineering, 1991
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
BE in Civil Engineering, 1988
Jadavpur University, Kolkata
Design and development of a miniature rotary actuator based on Flexinol SMA
Dynamic modeling of a cabin pressure control system for a multirole fighter aircraft
Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) funded Projects
Design and Development df Pipeline Health Monitoring Robot for Gas Transportation Pipelines
Design and Development of Aquatic Autonomous Observatory for In situ Monitoring, Real Time Data Transmission and Web based Visualization
A shape memory alloy (SMA) based bipennate actuator is disclosed. The SMA based bipennate actuator comprises SMA wires (5) arranged in form of fibres present in bipennate muscle tissue. A hierarchical configuration incorporates multiple individual actuators to enable advantageous functionalities such as output force, stroke and efficiency. The biological advantage of using pennate muscle is that the fibres present are at an oblique angle to the muscle line of action which allows to couple the fibre force to macro level muscle force leading to higher force production. Furthermore, the stiffness of the bipennate actuator is collectively governed by change in SMA wire length, pennation angle, stress developed attributing for variable stiffness characteristics.
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