K Narayan Prabhu


Professor (HAG)

Professional Experience: 

33 years of Professional experience out of which 33 years at NITK

Contact Details



Academic Background

Academic Backround: 

• Ph.D (Mangalore University) 1991
• M.Tech (Process Metallurgy), Mangalore University,1987
• M.Sc. (Indl. Chemistry), University of Mysore

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest: 

Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing with special interest in solidification and quenching; Heat transfer; Lead-free solders – Wettability and Solder Joint Reliability; Nanofluids; Thermal interface and Energy Storage materials; Melt treatment of Al-Si alloys 



Significant Projects

Significant Projects: 

• DRDO Research Project (Grant No. ERIP/ER/1006009M01/1356 dt. 13.9.2011) on ‘Assessment of Solder Joint Reliability and Effect of Cooling Rate on Mechanical Properties of Lead free Solders (Rs.82 lakhs) – Completed
• DST Research Project (Grant No. SR/S3/ME/0041/2010 dated 04.05.2012) on ‘Investigation of the effect of addition of nanoparticles on wetting kinematics, kinetics and cooling severity of quench media for industrial heat treatment’ - (Rs. 30.47 lakhs) - Completed

Book Chapters: 


Supervision of Ph.D

Supervision of Ph.D: 

Completed: 13
Ongoing: 5

Text Books: 


Significant Publications

Significant Publications: 

1. Ramesh and K.N.Prabhu. Effect of Polymer Concentration on Wetting and Cooling Performance During Immersion Quenching, Metallurgical & Materials Transactions B, 2016, 47(2) 859-881

2. MrunaliSona and K.N.Prabhu, The effect of reflow time on wetting behaviour, evolution of microstructure and joint strength of Sn-2.5Ag-0.5Cu solders on copper and nickel coated copper substrates, Journal of Electronic Materials, 2016 45(7) 3744-3758

3. Sudheer R and K.N.Prabhu, A Computer Aided Cooling Curve Analysis method to study phase change materials for thermal energy storage applications, Materials and Design, 96, 2016, 198-203

4. Pranesh M Rao and K.N.Prabhu, Effect of Bath Temperature on Cooling Performance of Molten Eutectic NaNO3-KNO3 Quench Medium for Martempering of Steels, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2017, 48(10), 4895–4904

5. Vijeesh Vijayan and K. N. Prabhu, The effect of Sr modification on thermal diffusivity of Al–8Si alloy, International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Volume 31, 2018 - Issue 2, pp. 80-86.

6. Tikale and K. Narayan Prabhu, Development of low-silver content SAC0307 solder alloy with Al2O3 nanoparticles, Materials Science & Engineering A, 787 (2020) 139439

7. Samuel, A., Prabhu, K.N. Assessment of Heat Transfer Characteristics of Transesterified Waste Sunflower Cooking Oil Blends for Quench Hardening. J. of Materi Eng and Perform 31, 5485–5503 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11665-022-06668-w

Funded Projects (Completed): 




  • National Metallurgists Day Young Metallurgists’ Award by the Ministry of Steel, Government of India, 1993
  • Career Award in Engineering & Technology, University Grants Commission, 1994
  • BOYSCAST Visiting Fellow and Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Birmingham (1996-1997) and UMIST, Manchester (1998-2000)
  • Sir C.V. Raman Young Scientist Award in Engineering Science 2001 by the Government of Karnataka, India, February 2003.
  • DST-The Royal Society Visiting Scientist Award at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Materials Processing, University of Birmingham, UK, 2005
  • National Metallurgists Day, Metallurgist of the Year Award, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, 2017

M.Tech Students (Completed): 


Ph.D Students (Completed): 




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Contact us

Dr. Ravishankar K. S, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050

Contact details for Placements and Interships

E.Mail: mme.placementcell@nitk.edu.in

Faculty Co-ordinator: Dr. Saumen Mandal 

Student Co-ordinator: Yoganath P