Name: Gopal Jayaraman

Rank: Professor of Engineering Mechanics

Highest Degree: Ph.D., University of Iowa

Key words of Expertise: Biomechanics, Orthopaedic Mechanics, Impact Injury Mechanics, Sports Safety Mechanics, Solid Mechanics-Elastic Stability

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Current/recent research projects:

The on-going research projects focus on the protection of the human body against injuries due to impacts. This involves studies on,

i)                 the mechanical response characteristics of biological materials such as articular cartilage, tendon, ligament, etc., and

ii)             the injury mechanism of bio-structural systems such as head and neck, knee joint, shoulder joint, etc. under various impact loading conditions. Further studies include the efficacy of protective mechanical systems such as helmets, baseball chest protectors, etc. to minimize/prevent injuries due to impacts/high rate of loading, and

iii)          stability of elastic systems subjected to non-conservative forces.

Selected Publications

Gopal Jayaraman, Aniruddha A. Nazre, John B. Redford, and Valerie McCann: A Computerized Technique for Analysis of Lateral Bending Behavior of the Normal and Impaired Lumbar Spine. Spine, Vol. 19, No. 7, pp. 824-832, 1994.

Butler, T.E., Asher, M.A., Jayaraman, G., Nunnely, P.D., and Robinson, R.G.: Strength and Stiffness of Thoracic Implant Anchors in Osteoporotic Spines. Spine, Vol. 19, pp. 1956-1962, 1994.

Munns, S.W., Jayaraman, G., and Luallin, S.R.: Mechanical Proprieties of Pretwisted Canine Patellar Tendon, Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 404-411, 1994.