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Mukundan Srinivasan M. Sc.


Raum: D.08.21
E-Mail: srinivasan{at}



  • 01/2013 - Till Date : Researcher / PhD Student - University of Wuppertal
  • 12/2012 - 12/2012 : Research Assistant, IMDEA Materials, Madrid, Spain
  • 09/2010 - 09/2011 : Research Assistant, Politecnico Di Torino, Italy
  • 09/ 2009 - 11/2009 : Research Assistant, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
  • 10/2007 - 02/2009 : MSc Automotive engineering, Birmingham City University, UK
  • 08/2003 - 04/2007 : BE Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India


Titel und Abstract des Dissertationsprojektes

Title: Development of Lightweight Support Structures for the Upgrade of the Pixel Detector within the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

In modern physics, there is no such thing as ”nothing”, even in perfect vacuum pairs of virtual particles are constantly being created and destroyed. The stable material and the building blocks of everything on Earth is made of consists of Protons, Neutrons and Electrons.

Scientists (Astrophysicists) have found that the ordinary matter makes only 4% of the universe. There must be additional dark matter which accounts for 23% of universe while the remaining 73% accounts for the dark energy, which is a repulsive energy that drives the galaxies apart. The experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) intend to search for a better understanding of the Standard Model and also for new particles in view of the above mentioned questions. The accelerator (LHC) has to produce as many interactions as possible at highest energy which is what the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) shall provide beyond 2020. The detector must therefore be made predominantly from light nuclei (like carbon, hydrogen) which are least affected. The detector’s local support structures must therefore contain least materials as possible, must be built from light materials and must be precise, reliable for long term operation and capable to withstand high radiation dosage.

Carbon fibre reinforced composite material appears as the choice for the support structure of the pixel detector (within the ATLAS experiment). The investigation of the material properties and the development of the lightweight local support structures of the pixel detector within the ATLAS experiment is the objective of this thesis.



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  1. M. Srinivasan, P. Maettig, KW. Glitza, B. Sanny, A. Schumacher, Multiscale calculation for increasing the thermal conductivity of carbon fiber composite with diamond powder, Proceedings of XLII International Summer School Conference, Advanced Problems in Mechanics (APM 2014), 481-490.
  2. M. Srinivasan, P. Maettig, KW. Glitza, B. Sanny, A. Schumacher, M. Duhovic, J. Schuster, Out of plane thermal conductivity of carbon fibre reinforced composite filled with diamond powder, Open Journal of Composite Materials, 6(2016), pp. 41-57.
  3. M. Srinivasan, P. Maettig, KW. Glitza, B. Sanny, A. Schumacher, Validation of numerical modeling for prediction of the elastic and the failure behaviour of the diamond powder filled woven composites (Under Preparation)
  4. M. Srinivasan, P. Maettig, K.W. Glitza, B. Sanny, A. Schumacher, " Development of lightweight support structures for the upgrade of the ATLAS experiment at CERN",  Poster Presentation - TALENT ITN  Final Conference, November 23-26. 2015, CERN, Geneva


Sonstige wissenschaftliche Aktivitäten/Mitgliedschaften

  • Associate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), UK  (Membership Number: 80208234)