• University of Huddersfield
    HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

-Structural Health Monitoring/Condition Monitoring/NDE
-Computational modelling, Cyber-physical Systems/Digital Twin of Smart Structures and Systems under variable loading and operating conditions.
-NetZero- focused on developing sustainable, zero-emission, noise-free and economic smart monitoring systems and renewable energy systems.
-Active Control of Vibration and Noise.

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Last updated 17th April 2024


Dr Shirsendu Sikdar is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering within the School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield. His research interest broadly centres on the Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) & Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), Cyber-physical Systems, NetZero, Nonlinear Ultrasonics, Acoustic Emission, Advanced Composites, Smart Materials, Systems & Structures.

Prior to joining University of Huddersfield, Dr Sikdar has been involved in several European/UK projects as EPSRC Research Associate at Cardiff University (UK), Marie Curie Fellow at Ghent University (BE), Research Associate at IMP PAN (PL) during 2016-2023 that focussed on development and implementation of Smart SHM & NDE, Smart Sensing Systems for safety-critical engineering structures under variable loading & operating conditions. During his PhD, Shirsendu developed an Ultrasonic Guided Wave Propagation based robust SHM strategy for online monitoring of Sandwich Composite Structures subjected to disbonds & localized core-inhomogeneities using ultrasonic guided wave propagation/dispersion. This research was sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Dr Sikdar secured £370k+ research grants as Principal Investigator & Fellow and holds 50+ peer-reviewed publications spanning international journals, conference proceedings, Book & book chapters. His expertise is further underscored by his role as a diligent reviewer for more than 20 esteemed journals from The Royal Society/Nature/Elsevier/Sage/IoP/IEEE, ... He is a Lead Guest Editor for 2 international journals – Buildings & Signals. 

Career History

EPSRC Research Associate, University of Cardiff 2021 → 2023

Visiting Researcher, University of East Anglia 2021 → 2022

Marie Curie Fellow - FWO, Gent University 2019 → 2021

Research Associate/postdoc, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences 2017 → 2019

Assistant Professor, Sikkim Manipal University 2011 → 2012

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Structural Health Monitoring of AerospaceComposites using Ultrasonic Guided Waves, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 2017

Master, Structural Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 2011

Bachelor, Engineering, Jadavpur University 2009

(Accepting PhD Students)

Research interests
• Structural Health Monitoring/Condition Monitoring: is a significant area of interest especially for Aerospace/Automotive/Wind-energy/Marine applications where intelligent monitoring systems for structures integrated within an IOT framework would help in the development and fail-safe operation of next smart structures.
• Active Control of Vibration & Noise: is essential to ensure robust, real-time cancellation of structural vibration/noise even under changing operational and loading conditions.
• Computational modelling, Cyber-physical Systems/Digital Twin: is receiving increasing attention in high-tech applications because it enables simulation of a products’ operation in a virtual environment in a parametrized space which captures both design features and operational conditions. This requires advanced computational modelling techniques including reduced order modelling to have a sleek, interactive model in real-time.
• NetZero: net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that's produced and the amount that's removed from the atmosphere. It can be achieved through a combination of emission reduction and emission removal. The research is focused on developing sustainable, zero-emission, noise-free & economic smart monitoring systems and renewable energy systems. 

Areas of expertise
•    Condition Monitoring, SHM & NDE
•    Machine Learning & Data Assimilation
•    Acousto-Ultrasonics & Structural Dynamics
•    Computational Modeling/Multiphysics Simulation
•    Robust Optimization
•    Vibration & Noise control
•    Smart Sensing Systems
•    Advanced Composites
•    Smart Materials, Systems & Structures

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Guest Editor - Journal: Special Issue Lead - Buildings
Guest Editor - Journal: Special Issue Lead - Signals


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Digital twin
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • SHM & NDE
  • Condition monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Acoustic Emission
  • Ultrasonic Guided Waves
  • Smart Structures/Materials & Sensing Systems
  • Composites
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer vision
  • Multiphysics Simulation
  • Condition Monitoring
  • NetZero
  • Wind turbines
  • Electromechanical Impedance
  • Machine Learning & AI
  • Smart sensor and data fusion
  • Data assimilation
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Computational Modeling
  • Concrete & Metallic Structures

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