Rahul, former Research Scholar from School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad will be awarded with PhD by the UoH.

The title of his work is “Influence of Parent Metal Microstructure and Post Weld Heat Treatments on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Ti-6Al-4V Friction Welds“ under the supervision of Dr. KV Rajulapati. He defended his thesis work on 19/01/2018.

His works incorporates, friction welding studies on three parent metals, namely as-received parent metal in mill-annealed condition, α+β treated parent metal and β treated parent metal, show that starting parent metal condition influences the microstructure and mechanical properties of the welds. The salient observation in this investigation is that the influence of post weld heat treatment on the mechanical properties in respect of the friction welds is different from that reported for fusion welds.


Rahul currently holds the position of Ad-Hoc Faculty at NIT Warangal, Telangana.

Rahul says his long term goals in life is continue teaching and he draws inspiration in life from his Parents.

Talking about his achievements, He bags several awards namely Best Innovative Student Project Award 2013 at Master’s Level by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) as well as Best Paper Award in National Conference on Innovations in Chemical Engineering 2013. He was also invited by the International Institute of Welding, to present his work at the 5th IIW Welding Research & Collaboration Colloquium in Limburg, Germany from October 28-30,2015.

One can also find his published work by the name of Rahul, R., Rajulapati, K. V, Reddy, G.M., Mohandas, T., Bhanu Sankara Rao, K., “Studies on Effect of Parent Metal Condition on the Room Temperature Mechanical Properties of Ti6Al4V Friction Welds”, Trans. Indian Inst. Met. 2017.Doi: 10.1007/s12666-017-1084-z.

On his note to his faculty, Rahul humbly pays his gratitude for all their support and advices in helping him achieve his goal. As an advice to other students Rahul asks them to keep working hard and have perseverance.

Swati Pant
Department of Communications.