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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Joined UCL: September 2013

Rashmi M Raju

  • PhD Researcher
  • UCL Mechanical Engineering

Contact Rashmi M Raju


Dr Gaetano Burriesci, Professor George Hamilton

Research Area

Biomedical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Research outline

Joining techniques for cardiovascular implants: My project, runs in collaboration with TWI Ltd. (Cambridge), aims at maximising the durability of new generation cardiovascular implants by enhancing the properties of joints and the surface functionalities of superelastic nitinol and biocompatible polymers. This study was broken into three main phases: joining biopolymer to biopolymer, nitinol to nitinol and nitinol to biopolymer using different novel techniques such as laser micro welding, ultrasonic welding, adhesive bonding and laser transmission welding. This study looks at basic and applied research on material characterisation, surface enhancement, fatigue and durability, and mechanical assessment of superelastic nitinol.


I studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), where I was awarded BSc degree with first class honours. I started my PhD at UCL in 2013. I have experience working as a PGTA, which includes: – Delivering tutorials to first year undergraduate mechanical engineering students as a part of Engineering design project. – Marking assignments and lab books.

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