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Materials Engineering & Material-Tissue Interactions

Division C - Department of Engineering

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Suresh Neelakantan

Dr Suresh Neelakantan

Research Associate

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 748524

Research Interests

Mechanical and Magneto-mechanical characterisation of stainless steel fibre network materials

Stainless steels exhibit good biocompatibility apart from possessing high corrosion resistance and toughness. My post-doctoral research work is to primarily evaluate the mechanical and magneto-mechanical characteristics of stochastic stainless steel fibre network assemblies intended for biomedical implant applications. Such fibre networks (70-90% porosity) can be produced by solid-state sintering (Fig.1).Suresh12_2


The study is mainly focused on 316L austenitic (non-magnetic, low C content) and 444 ferritic (magnetic, nickel-free, low C and N content) grades of stainless steels. Mechanical testing, both on individual fibres and on fibre networks, is being carried out to evaluate their elastic, plastic and fracture characteristics. The stress-strain response of single fibres depends on alloy composition (Fig. 2). In sintered fibre networks, experiments are being carried out to measure their in- and out-of-plane elastic properties, yield strength and fracture energies (Fig. 3).

Further work will focus on quantifying the significance of the network architecture (fibre orientation, fibre segment aspect ratio etc.) in terms of its effects on the elastic properties, fracture characteristics, fatigue and magnetic response of these fibre network materials.


Key Publications

  1. M.C. Varley, S. Neelakantan, T.W. Clyne, J. Dean, R.A. Brooks, A.E. Markaki: Cell Structure, Stiffness and Permeability of Freeze-dried Collagen Scaffolds in Dry and Hydrated States, Submitted to Biomaterials
  2. S. Neelakantan, J.C. Tan, A.E. Markaki (2015)"Out-of-plane Auxeticity in Sintered Fibre Network Mats", Scripta Materialia, 106, pp. 30-33.
  3. R.L. Spear, B. Srigengan, S. Neelakantan, W. Bosbach, R. A. Brooks, A.E. Markaki (2015)"Physical and Biological Characterisation of Ferromagnetic Fibre Networks: Effect of Fibrin Deposition on Short-term In Vitro Responses of Human Osteoblasts", Tissue Engineering Part A, 21(3-4), pp. 463-474.
  4. S. Neelakantan, W. Bosbach, J. Woodhouse, A.E. Markaki (2014), "Characterisation and Deformation Response of Orthotropic Fibre Networks with Auxetic Out-Of-Plane Behaviour", Acta Materialia, 66, pp. 326-339.