Contact Dr Pavan Addepalli

Areas of expertise


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 opccuring in advanced composite materials. He holds an MPhil in Material Technology from Swansea University, UK and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India. He is a Chartered Engineer and a full professional member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE), a full time professional member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a CSWIP Certified Level 1 Thermography Inspector.

Current activities

Pavan Addepalli is a Research Fellow in mechanical component degradation analysis based with the Through-life Engineering Services Centre, Manufacturing Theme at Cranfield University.

Pavan is currently working on an 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.  Additionally, he is expanding his initial research in the area of digital architecture and support for enhanced life prediction of high value parts, part of the Innovate - ATI award - Digitally Optimised Through-life Engineering Services (2018-2022).

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
  • 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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