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Amit Rawal

Professor

Ph.D. (University of Bolton)

Group Specialization

  • Fabric Manufacturing

Specialization

  • Nonwoven Materials and Related Systems
  • Braided and Double Helix St

Biography

Prof.Amit Rawal has obtained his Ph.D in technical textiles from The University of Bolton, UK. He also received Masters of Philosophy from The University of Manchester, UK. He has several years of Post-Doctoral research experience in various countries including South Africa (Council for Scientific & Industrial Research), Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and UK (University of Bolton). He is a recipient of  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers for carrying out the research work in the area of nonwovens in Germany. Recently, he has been awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship to initiate collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. In addition, he has received numerous awards including Young Researcher Fellowship from prestigious M.I.T, Cambridge for exemplary research in Computational Mechanics, Fellowship of the Textile Institute, CSIR special research award and Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD). Currently, he is working as Professor at the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi. He has published several papers in the field of nonwoven and braided materials. He has developed various three-dimensional (3D) analytical models for predicting geometrical, mechanical and wetting properties of various nonwoven and allied structures. His research interests  are not only limited to structure, mechanics and wetting behavior of textile and allied materials but also focused on the structure-property relationship of: carbon nanotube sponges, electrospun mats, low surface energy superhydrophobic fibrous mats, geotextiles, composites, auxetic, piezoresistive and piezoelectric materials.

Specialization

  • Nonwoven Materials and Related Systems :
    Mechanics of Nonwovens, Fluid Transport Phenomenon, Mechanical Properties of Nonwoven Composites, Superhydrophobic Behaviour of Low Surface Energy Nonwoven Mats, Piezoresistive Behaviour of Buckypapers.
  • Braided and Double Helix Structures :
    Geometrical Modelling, Simulation of Braided Preforms, Mechanics of Braids with and without Elastic Core, Auxetic Behaviour in Double Helix Structures.

Awards & Achievements

  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA (2018-19).
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (July 2014).
  • Young Research Fellowship at third M.I.T conference in Computational Fluid & Solid Mechanics.
  • CSIR, South Africa: Special Research and Team Awards
  • Samuel Crompton award for the best research paper at the University of Bolton, UK
  • Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), Studentship for Ph.D in UK
  • Fellowship of The Textile Institute (C.Text FTI)
  • Editorial Board Member of Textile Research Journal, Journal of Industrial Textiles & Research Journal of Textile & Apparel
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in South Africa
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship by IIT Delhi.
  • Visiting Professor at Department of Nonwovens, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic (May 2008).
  • Reviewer of several journals including Journal of Industrial Textiles, Textile Research Journal, Journal of Zhejiang University Science (JZUS), Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Langmuir, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Materials Processing Technology etc.
  • Special Editor of Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (August, 2010): Modelling and Simulation of Fibrous Materials.
  • Biography selected in Who's Who in the World 2011 (28th edition).
  • Precitex Award for best spinning student (1999).
  • Excellent paper award in Research Journal of Textile and Apparel.

R & D Projects

Sponsored Projects
  • Harnessing the robust, scalable, and highly porous nonwoven metamaterials with interface engineering aided carbon nanotubes for oil spill clean-ups, Total Amount: US$237,000, 2018, PI.

  • Development, Characterization and Modelling of Self-Powered Nanogenerators on Flexible Fibrous Assemblies, Indo-Hungarian Project, Total Amount: US$245,000, 2012, PI.

  • Role of Nonwoven Architecture on the Properties of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds, British Council Travel Grant (India-UK Staff Exchange Programme),Total Amount: US$5,000, 2012, PI.

  • Nonwovens Research Laboratory, Department of Science and Technology (India), Total Amount: US$1 million, 2009, Co-PI.

  • Auxetic Hybrid Circular Braids with Elastic Core for Dental Floss Applications, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (India), Total Amount: US$20,000, 2009, PI.

  • Modelling of Pore Size Distribution of Nonwoven Geotextile Structures, Department of Science and Technology (Fast Track Programme for Young Scientists), Total Amount:US$36,000, 2008, PI.

  • Investigation on Poisson’s Ratio of Flexible Fibrous Assemblies, IIT Delhi, Total Amount: US$30,000, 2008, PI.

Publications

List of Journal Publications :

Monograph :

  • Rawal A., Shah, T. and Anand, S.C (2010), Geotextiles: Production, Properties and Applications, Textile Progress, Vol. 42, Issue 3, 181-226.

List of Book Chapters :

  • Chapter entitled 'Woven Fabrics for Geotextiles' in the book 'Woven Textiles: Principles, Technologies and Applications' edited by Kim Gandhi, Woodhead Publisher (2012), pp. 367-386.
  • Chapter entitled 'Filament Formation in Melt Spinning' in the book 'Advances in filament yarn spinning of textiles and polymers' edited by Dong Zhang, Woodhead Publisher (2014), pp. 75-99.
  • Chapter entitled 'Geotextiles in Civil Engineering' in the book 'Handbook of Technical Textiles (Vol.2) edited by A R Horrocks and S C Anand, Woodhead Publisher, pp. 111-130.
  • Chapter entitled 'Textiles in Filtration' in the book 'Handbook of Technical Textiles (Vol.2) edited by A R Horrocks and S C Anand, Woodhead Publisher, pp. 57-110.

List of Conference Publications :

  • Rawal A., Anand, S.C. and Shah, T., Statistical Modelling of Properties of Needlepunched Nonwoven Geotextiles, International Conference on Technical Textiles, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, November 11-12, 2006.
  • Rawal A. and Anandjiwala, R.D., A Comparison Between the Properties of Needlepunched Nonwoven Geotextiles Produced from Natural and Synthetic Fibres 15th TANDEC Nonwovens Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, April 18-20, 2006.
  • Rawal A. and Anandjiwala, R.D., An Expert System for the Optimisation of Multifunctional Needlepunched Nonwoven Geotextiles, Nonwovens Research Academy, Lille, France, 20-21 April, 2006.
  • Rawal A. and Anandjiwala, R.D., Characterisation of Micro-mechanical Behaviour of Thermally Bonded Composite Structures, ICCM-15 conference (27 June - 01 July, 2005).
  • Anand, S.C., Shah,T. and Rawal A. (October 2002), Developments in Design and Performance of Needlepunched Geotextiles, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Shah. T, Anand. S, Rawal A. (2002), Recent Developments in Design and Performance of Needlepunched Geotextiles, Index'02 Conference, Geneva.
  • Potluri. P., Rawal A. (2001), Geometrical modeling based process control of a triaxial braiding machine equipped with a flexible mandrel system, International Conference on Manufacture of Advanced Composites (ICMAC), Belfast, U.K.
  • Gandhi. K.L., Rawal A. (2001), Encyclopedia of Technical Textiles Products / Applications & Their Future, SASMIRA Conference, India.
  • Rawal A. and Lomov, S.V., Ngo, T, Verpoest, I. and Vankerrebrouck, Mechanical Characterization of Through-air bonded Nonwoven Structures Nonwovens Research Academy, Leeds, 29-30 March, 2007.
  • Rawal A., Revisiting the Theory of Compression for Deformation of Thermal Bonded Nonwoven Structures, Advances in Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT July 14-16, 2008, Coimbatore, India.
  • Majumdar, A., Rawal A., Anand, S.C. and Shah, T., Artificial neural network modelling of properties of needlepunched nonwovens, Advances in Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT July 14-16, 2008, Coimbatore, India.
  • Rawal A. Structural Study of Pore Size Distribution of Nonwovens, Nonwovens Research Academy, Chemnitz, Germany, 9-10 October, 2008.
  • Rawal A. Pore Size Distribution of Nonwoven Structures, Filtrex Asia, New Delhi, India, 18-19 February, 2010.
  • Rawal A. Lomov, S.V., and Verpoest, I., Predicting the Mechanical Properties of Thermally Bonded Nonwovens using Theory of Fibre Contacts, Nonwovens Research Academy, Aachen, 16-17 November, 2010.
  • Rawal A.,Priyadarshi, A., Kumar, N., Lomov, S.V., and Verpoest, I., Tensile Behaviour of Thermally Bonded Nonwoven Structures, 39th Textile Research Symposium, IIT Delhi, 16-20 December, 2010 (Invited Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Modelling of Bending Rigidity of Thermally Bonded Nonwoven Structures, AUTEX 2011, Mulhouse, France, 8-10 June, 2011.
  • Rawal A., Pore Size Distribution of Hybrid Nonwoven Filter Media, FILTREX ASIA 2011, New Delhi, India, 6-7 December, 2011.
  • Rawal A., Mishra, P., Saraswat, H, Predicting the Compression-Induced Morphological Behaviour of Nonwoven Materials, Nonwovens Research Academy, Gothenburg, 19-20 April, 2012.
  • Rawal A., Satapathy, B. Morphological behavior of nonwoven materials under compression loading, 5th International Technical Textiles Congress, Izmir, Turkey, 7-9 November, 2012 (Invited Lecture).
  • Sayeed, M.M.A., Rawal A., Mechanical properties of hybrid needlepunched nonwoven geotextiles, 5th International Technical Textiles Congress, Izmir, Turkey, 7-9 November, 2012.
  • Saraswat, H., Rawal A., Tensile mechanics of tubular braids with an elastic core, Third Asian Conference on Mechanics of Functional Materials and Structures, IIT Delhi, 5-8 December, 2012.
  • Rawal A., Morphological Behaviour of Nonwoven Materials under Tensile and Compression Deformations, International Istanbul Textile Congress 2013, Istanbul, Turkey, 30 May - 1 June, 2013 (Key note Lecture).
  • Kumar, V, Rawal A., A Two-step Model for Uniaxial Compression Behavior of Thermally Bonded Nonwoven Materials, Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Lille, France, 27-28 November, 2013.
  • Saraswat H., Rawal A., Tensile Mechanics of Multilayered Braided Structures, Fifth World Conference on 3D Fabrics and their Applications, IIT Delhi, India, 16-17 December, 2013
  • Jakhar, S.K., Rawal. A, Behera, B.K. Structure-property relationships of 3D Woven Fabrics, Fifth World Conference on 3D Fabrics and their Applications, IIT Delhi, India, 16-17 December, 2013
  • Rawal A. Designing Nonwoven Mats with Robust Superhydrophobicity, APA-2014, New Delhi.
  • Rawal A. Kumar V, Furkó, M, Lakatos-Varsányi, M. Modelling of Self-Powered Nanogenerators Grown on Nonwoven Materials, Indo-Czech Conference on "Advancements in Specialty Textiles and their Applications in Material Engineering and Medical Sciences", Coimbatore, India 29-30 April, 2014 (Key note Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Kumar V. Modeling of Uniaxial Compression Behavior of Nonwoven Materials and Related Systems, TBIS-APCC 2014, Hong Kong, 6-8 August, 2014 (Key note Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Kumar V, Furkó, M, Lakatos-Varsányi, Modeling of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters grown on Nonwoven Materials, MRE 2014, Hong Kong, 8-10 August, 2014 (Invited Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Saraswat, H, Sibal A, Modelling of Braided Structures for Biomedical Applications: A Textile Perspective, Future Technical Textiles 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 15-17 October, 2014 (Plenary Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Kumar, V., Modelling of Compression Properties of Nonwoven Materials and Related Systems, Future Technical Textiles 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 15-17 October, 2014 (Invited Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Kumar V, Furkó, M, Lakatos-Varsányi, Modeling of Self-Powered Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters grown on Nonwoven Materials, NANOSMAT Asia, Kayseri, Turkey, 24-27 March, 2015.
  • Rawal A., Geotextiles in Civil Engineering: A Textile Perspective, The 7th UTIB International R&D Brokerage Event in Turkish Textile and Clothing Sector, Bursa, Turkey, 27-29 May, 2015 (Invited Lecture).
  • Rawal A., Sharma, S, Kumar, V, Sibal A, Designing Bio-Inspired Superhydrophobic Nonwoven Mats, 6th International Technical Textiles Congress, Izmir, Turkey, 14-16 October, 2015.
  • Sibal A., Kumar V, Rawal A., Modelling of Self-Powered Nanogenerators Grown on Nonwoven Materials, Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Leeds. U.K., 5-6 November, 2015.
  • Kumar V, Rawal A., Modelling of Compression Induced Electrical Response of Carbon Nanofibre Nonwovens , Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Leeds. U.K., 5-6 November, 2015.
  • Rawal A., Kumar V, Saraswat, H, Weerasinghe D, Wild K, Dauner M, Hietel M, Can Nonwovens Avoid the Shrink?, International Nonwovens Symposium 2016, Warsaw. Poland, 1-2 June, 2016.
  • Kumar. V., Haspel, H., Nagy, K., Rawal A., Kukovecz, A., Compression induced electrical response of entangled network of buckypaper, SIWAN conference, Szeged, Hungary, 12-14 October, 2016.
  • Sibal. A., Kumar, V., Rawal A., Theoretical modelling of 'smart' nanogenerators grown on nonwoven materials, SIWAN conference, Szeged, Hungary, 12-14 October, 2016.
  • Rawal A., Sharma, S., Kumar, V., and Saraswat, H., Design Strategy for Superhydrophobic Nonwoven Mats, 44th Textile Research Symposium, IIT Delhi, 14-16 December, 2016 (Plenary Lecture).
  • Rawal. A., Kumar. V., Saraswat. H., Weerasinghe. D., Wild. K., Hietel, D., Dauner., M. How Nonwovens Avoid the Shrink?, Fiber Society Conference, Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen, Germany, 17-19 May 2017.
  • Rawal. A., Kumar. V., Saraswat. H., Weerasinghe. D., Wild. K., Hietel, D., Dauner., M. Design strategy for creating nonwoven materials with out-of-plane auxetic behavior over large deformations. AUTEX 2017 Conference, Corfu, Greece, 29-31 May 2017.
  • Kameswara Rao. P.V, Rawal. A., Kumar. V. How to amplify electrolyte uptake in nonwoven battery separators? Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Chemnitz. Germany, 25-26 October, 2017.
  • Kumar. V., Rawal. A.., Modelling the elastic response of nonwoven mats, Nonwovens Innovation Academy, Chemnitz. Germany, 25-26 October, 2017.
  • Rawal. A., Kumar. V., Saraswat. H., Weerasinghe. D., Wild. K., Hietel, D., Dauner., M. Creating nonwoven materials with out-of-plane auxetic behavior. ETT 2018 Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 14-16 April 2018.
  • Rawal. A., Kumar. V., Saraswat. H., Weerasinghe. D., Wild. K., Hietel, D., Dauner., M. Creating nonwoven materials with out-of-plane auxetic behavior. ETT 2018 Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 14-16 April 2018.
  • Rawal, A., Sharma, S., Kumar, V., and Saraswat, H., Design Strategy for Superhydrophobic Nonwoven Mats, 8th Szeged International Workshop on Advances in Nanoscience (SIWAN-8) at Szeged, Hungary, 7-10 October 2018.
  • Kumar V, Rao PVK, Rawal A, Rajput KG (2018) Modelling Compression-Recovery Characteristics of AGM (Absorptive Glass Mat) Separator led by X-ray Micro-Computational Tomography Investigation. 16th European Lead Battery Conference and Exhibition, Vienna, Austria, 4-7 September, 2018.
  • Rawal A. and Davies. P.J., Simulation of Polymer Flow in a Rotating Die Slot, third M.I.T. Conference (14 - 17 June, 2005) on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Elsevier Publishing Ltd., 815-818 (Invited).

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