Kumkum Banerjee


Associate Professor

Professional Experience: 

23 years of professional experience out of which 7years at NITK.

Contact Details



Academic Background

Academic Backround: 

• Ph.D [IIT Kharagppur], 1999
• B. Sc. Engineering (Metallurgical) [BIT, Sindri], 1994
• B. Sc. [Ranchi University], 1988

Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest: 

Thermo-mechanical Processing of Metals; Joining of Metals; Materials Characterization; Microstructure-Property Correlation; Corrosion and Hydrogen Embrittlement of Metals; Crystallographic Texture in Metals; Recrystallization and Precipitation Kinetics; Product Development in Steel; Failure analysis; Electropulsing; Additive Manufacturing



Significant Projects

Significant Projects: 

·  Microstructure, mechanical properties and texture of strip cast Low C steel sheets [sponsors-AKV, SMS, LTV, Dofasco, US-Steel, etc; postdoctoral project at Carnegie Mellon Univ, USA]

·  Weldability improvement in Ni-Based superalloys [sponsor-NSERC, Canada; postdoctoral project at Univ of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada]

·  Development of weld HAZ microstructure models for high strength line pipe steels [project partners: EVRAJ, TransCanada and CRC-Evans, Canada; post-doctoral project at the Univ of British Columbia, Canada]

·  Development of IF steel for critical applications [sponsor: Tata Steel]

·  Development of high carbon graphitic steels with enhanced drawability [sponsor: Tata Steel]

·  Development of advanced high strength steels (AHSS) with superior weldability aiming plug type nugget of diameter <6Öt [sponsor: Tata Steel]

·  Development of X-70 linepipe steel through TSCR for non-sour environment [sponsor: Tata Steel]

·  Optimisation of microstructure of TFF tubes for eliminating the defects during processing [sponsor: Tata Steel & Tata Tubes]

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Supervision of Ph.D

Supervision of Ph.D: 

1. Jan 2016-Nov 2021 (PhD thesis project) (Co-supervisor: Dr K Devakumaran, Manager, BHEL, Trichy)
Project Title: Welding of dissimilar aluminium alloys for automotive applications
Candidate: Dr R Rajeshkumar (PhD Degree awarded on 6 Nov 2021 during 19th convocation)



Significant Publications

Significant Publications: 

1. Kumkum Banerjee, Matthias Militzer, Michel Perez and Xiang Wang: Non-Isothermal Austenite Grain Growth Kinetics in a Microalloyed X-80 Linepipe Steel, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 41, Dec 2010, pp.3161-3172
2. Kumkum Banerjee: Improving Weldability of an Advanced High Strength Steel by Design of Base Metal Microstructure, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, Vol. 229, March 2016, pp. 596-608
3. Kumkum Banerjee: Hydrogen Induced Cold Cracking in High Frequency Induction Welded Steel Tubes, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, Vol. 47, Apr 2016, pp.1677-1685
4. R. Rajeshkumar, K. Devakumaran and Kumkum Banerjee: Role of interfacial microstructure on mechanical properties of cold metal transfer welded dissimilar A6061-T6 and A6082-T6 joints, Materials Letters, Vol. 279, 15, 2020, 128521
5. R. Rajeshkumar, V. L. Niranjani, K. Devakumaran and Kumkum Banerjee: Fusion boundary microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of cold metal transfer welded dissimilar A5754 and A5083 joint, Materials Letters, Vol. 284, 1, 2021, 128877
6. R. Rajeshkumar, V. L. Niranjani, K. Devakumaran and Kumkum Banerjee: Evolution of non-dendritic equiaxed zone and its influence on mechanical properties of tungsten inert gas welded dissimilar A6061-T6 and A6082-T6 joint, Materials Letters, Vol. 303, 2021, 130569
7. Phani Mylavarapu, Chinmai Bhat, Manoj Kumar Reddy Perla and Kumkum Banerjee: Identification of critical material thickness for eliminating back reflected shockwaves in laser shock peening – A numerical study, Optics and Laser Technology, 142(12), Oct 2021, 107217



 Research Associateship, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, [2000-2001]
 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Manitoba (UofM) a, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [2002-2004]”
 “Young Scientist’s Project Award” [2001] by DST, GOI, India; [Project: Mechanical and Corrosion Characteristics of Al-Ni and Al-Fe-Ce alloys]
 Visiting Research Associateship, Department of Materials Engineering, The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [2008-2009]
 “Apex Aspire Recognitions Award- 2006” by Tata Steel [Product developed: Super extra deep drawing quality steel for autobodies; Implemented in the plant of Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, India and commercialized in the year 2007]
 Oral session prize at IIM-NMD-ATM 2015 for the presentation (Ferrous Category) on “Microstructural modification in cold drawn high carbon steel wires using electropulsing
 “Distinguished Woman in Engineering Award” by Venus International Foundation, India, 2018

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Student Co-ordinator: Yoganath P