Contact Dr Pavan Addepalli

Areas of expertise

  • Composites
  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Structures and Materials
  • Through-life Engineering Services


Before joining Cranfield in 2013, Pavan was at the TWI NDT Validation Centre Wales, working on the non-destructive evaluation of metals and composite materials. He was the recipient of the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship awarded by the University of Wales in 2010 to take up doctoral research in using Thermography to characterise defects and damage occurring in advanced composite materials. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales Trinity St David, an MPhil in Material Technology from Swansea University, UK and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a full professional member of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

Current activities

Pavan Addepalli is a Lecturer in Degradation Assessment based with the Centre for Digital Engineering and Manufacturing, Manufacturing Theme at Cranfield University.

Pavan is currently working on an Innovate UK project seeking to create a digital twin capable of providing maintenance decisions. He was the Co-investigator for the Lloyd's Register project that looks at creating an inspection system capable of identifying counterfeit electronic components together. Additionally, Pavan supports the EPSRC awarded Platform Grant investigating material behaviour of advanced materials and composites looking at the influence of multiple degradation mechanisms. He continues to expand his research in the area of Non-destructive testing methods, especially Thermography.

Pavan's research interest include:

  • Thermography - Passive & Active
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT): 3D X-CT, 3D Imaging, Ultrasonic testing and Dye Penetrant Testing
  • Mechanical testing & material characterisation
  • Composites - near and sub-surface defect and damage assessment
  • Counterfeit electronic component detection
  • Through-life Engineering Services
  • Digital architecture to support servitization - digital twins


  • Rolls-Royce Plc
  • BAE Systems
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • International Tin Association (ITA)
  • Elan Business Associates
  • Network Rail
  • H S Marston Ltd, part of UTC Aerospace Systems
  • DSTL


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