The Ph.D. thesis of Dr. Jhansi Jadav associated with the School of Engineering Sciences and Technology, University of Hyderabad, titled “Assessment of precipitation, deformation and fracture behavior of Superni 263 Ni base superalloy under tensile and low cycle fatigue conditions” has been selected for “Innovative Student Project Award-2020” at doctoral level by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).

Dr. Jhansi was presented with this award in the virtual annual convention organized by the INAE. The results that are part of this investigation have direct relevance for the development of Advanced Ultra-Supercritical (AUSC) Power Plant materials and high temperature turbine materials that the country is putting efforts towards achieving self-reliance and Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Till now, the designers were lacking key input data such as elevated temperature fatigue characteristics on Superni 263 alloy and this thesis is a key engineering contribution that fills this gap.  The work was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Koteswararao V. Rajulapati (SEST) and Dr. N. Eswara Prasad (Director, DMSRDE, DRDO). Experimental assistance offered by Dr. Kartik Prasad of DMRL and insightful, in-depth discussions with Prof. K. Bhanu Sankara Rao (Pratt & Whitney Chair, University of Hyderabad) on Ni-base superalloys in general and Superni 263 in particular are gratefully acknowledged.

Dr. Jhansi obtained her B. Tech. (Metallurgical Engineering) from JNTU, Hyderabad and M.Tech. (Metallurgical Engineering) from IIT, Roorkee. Subsequently she was offered a faculty position in Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (MGIT), Hyderabad and she has pursued Ph.D. while working as a faculty. She has executed such high-quality work by simultaneously taking care of personal demands from the family including two small kids. Her passion lies in teaching and actively pursuing research as a career.

UoH congratulates Dr. Jhansi Jadav for her achievement.