Dr. S. Shanmugam


       Department of Mechanical Engineering
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        Department of Mechanical Engineering
         National Institute of Technology
         Tiruchirappalli -620015
         Tamilnadu, India                                                       
Last Updated : December, 2018

Brief Profile

S. Shanmugam has served as member of Board of Governors of centrally funded technical institutions including one of National Institutes of Technology (NIT). He serves as Senate member of one of NITs besides NIT Tiruchirappalli. He has served as Member of Governing Council of a couple of engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University Chennai. He serves as coordinator of NIT Puducherry. He has served as member of National Board of Accreditation; as member, nominated by All India Council for Technical Education, of different committees; as member of interview board in different universities and central government organizations; as head of the department of mechanical engineering; as warden of boys’ hostel and deputy chief warden of all hostels; as chairman/member of various committees; and as adviser of students’ activities.

 He has graduated with honours in Mechanical Engineering in the year 1983 from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore which is aided by Tamil Nadu Government and was affiliated to the erstwhile Madras University. He has received master’s degree in Production Engineering in the year 1985 from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, which is aided by Tamil Nadu Government and is affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore which was newly created from the then Madras University. He has worked as Lecturer in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar for about two years since 1985. He has then joined Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai as a full time research scholar and obtained the degree of doctor of philosophy in the department of Mechanical Engineering in the year 1991.

He has joined National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli (NITT)-formerly known as Regional Engineering College- Tamilnadu, as Lecturer in the department of Production Engineering in the year 1991. He is now working as Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at NITT. His fields of research include mechanical engineering design, solar thermal energy engineering. He has received six-month technical cooperation training fellowship in the field of solar thermal energy in the United Kingdom.

He has supervised 11 research theses leading to the award of the degree of doctor of philosophy. A few research scholars are under his supervision. He has to his credits 69 and 10 research articles published in reputed and refereed international journals and national journals respectively. There are also 30 and 20 research articles that have been published in the proceedings of international and national conferences respectively. He has successfully completed sponsored major research project and has filed three patterns at the national level. He has got very rich teaching and research experiences, which is over a quarter century at NIT itself. He has authored two books published locally, and contributed full chapter in an engineering book published from the USA.


Fields of Interest

  • Design of pressure vessel and piping
  • Stress analysis of machine elements
  • FEM Applications
  • Solar energy applications

Visits Abroad

  • Undergone technical cooperation training in the United Kingdom from November 1995 to March 1996

  • Presented a technical paper at 3rd International Conference and exhibition on Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Melaka, Malaysia, 30-31 October 2013.


Research Supervision


Name Title of Ph.D Thesis Role Year of Award
1. Hyacinth Diana A

A study on roof-integrated system of transparent multicover solar flat plate collector for expanded fluidized bed agricultural dryer

Supervisor 2005
2. Rajeshkannan A

Cold deformation behaviour of sintered iron-carbon-molybdenum and iron-carbon-silicon-copper steels

Co-supervisor 2007
3. Christraj W Theoretical and experimental studies on a sun-trapping paraboloidal dish concentrator Supervisor 2008
4. Veerappan AR A study on pipe bends with ovality and thinning subject to internal fluid pressure Supervisor 2008
5. Syed Ummer M. Thangal

An experimental study on rings from sintered hot forged ferrous preforms alloyed with  carbon, molybdenum, silicon and copper

Co-supervisor 2009
6. Kumar P Theoretical and Experimental Studies on Oscillating Bed Solar Dryer Supervisor 2011
7. Eswaramoorthy M Studies on Solar Parobolic Dish Thermoelectric Generator Supervisor 2011
8. Gurumani R An analysis of performance and contact characteristics of optimized involute spur gears with tooth modifications Supervisor 2011
9. Christo Michael T

On plastic loads in shape-imperfect pipe bends subjected to internal pressure and in-plane closing bending moment

Co-supervisor 2012
10. Sakthivel S Determination of heating surface area in small capacity boilers Supervisor 2013
11. Muthu S Studies on solar parabolic dish thermo-electric generator with cover Supervisor 2018
12. Arul P A study on modified oscillating bed solar dryer for agricultural products Supervisor On-going
13. Srinivas Gugulothu Design and experimental studies on solar thermal energy storage at Neyveli Lignite Corportaion Supervisor On-going
14. Premkumar R Solar powered thermoacousic cooling systems Supervisor On-going
15. Naveenkumar R Solar thermal energy Supervisor On-going
16. Gulsavin G E Solar cooking Supervisor On-going
17. Saravanan G Hybrid Rocket Propulsion Supervisor On-going
18. Venkateshkumar R Anaerobic co-digestion Supervisor On-going
19. Venkatesan V Robotics Supervisor On-going
20. Pandiraj V Solar Thermal Energy Supervisor On-going


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Courses Taught/Handled

Workshops/Symposia/Seminars etc.,

Books Published

Academic/Adminstrative Responsibilities

  • Member of BOG, NIT Puducherry; Member of BOG, BOAT (Southern Region).
  • Senate member and coordinator, NIT Puducherry.
  • HoD Mechanical Engineering, Deputy Chief Warden, Warden.
  • Chairman, Quarters Allotment Committee, Chairman Transport Committee, Convenor of different committees of Institute Day.
  • Member of BOS for few Government Engineering Institutions and Deemed Universities.
  • Member of Governing Council for few Engineering Institutions affiliated to Anna University, Chennai.
  • Zonal officer Anna University, Chennai Zone 8.


  • Published in the official journal of the patent office by the Government of India on 27-09-2009. Title: Oscillating-bed solar dryer for agricultural produce.
  • Filed for thermoelectric power generation using solar electrolux vapor ammonia absorption refrigeration system, CBR No. 3160, Application No. 201841004236 dated 05-02-2018.
  • Filed for solar thermoacoustic prime mover, refrigerator and air conditioning systems, CBR No. 3164, Application No. 201841004238 dated 05-02-2018.
  • Filed for a compact solar anaerobic digester, CBR No. 7478, Application No. 201841009912 dated 19-03-2018.


  • Awarded the best Ph. D. thesis under my guidance by National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli in the year 2008.
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Top 100 Scientists of the Year - 2007

Membership in Professional Bodies

  • Life Member, Institution of Engineers, India
  • Life Member, Solar Energy Society of India
  • Life Member, Indian Society of Technical Education
  • Life Member, Kalangiam-Tamil