Brahmananda Pramanik - Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Brahmananda Pramanik


Brahmananda Pramanik, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor
1300 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701
S&E 306


Dr. Pramanik received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and accepted an Assistant Professor position at Montana Tech in 2014. He was a member of the University of Mississippi Composite Structure and Nano-engineering Research group funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Army Research Office (ARO). At Montana Tech Dr. Pramanik has been funded by a collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) on investigating the dynamic mechanical phenomena of additively manufactured metal components. He is developing the Impact Technology Research Laboratory within the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Montana Tech. Dr. Pramanik has over ten years of industrial experience in designing machine components for an ordnance factory in India, creating a ship-hull design, inspection, and maintenance database for the American Bureau of Shipping and processing-characterizing composite materials at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), and the National Energetic Materials Consortium (NEMC). Dr. Pramanik actively holds a Professional Engineering License (MT/60613) in the field of Mechanical Engineering with Machine Design and Materials specializations.


Research Interests

Dr. Pramanik oversees the Montana Tech Impact Technology Laboratory.
  • Impacts
  • Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Materials
  • Additive Manufacturing

Courses Taught

  • EGEN 202 Dynamics
  • EGEN 305 Mechanics of Materials
  • EGEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • EMEC 445 Mechanical Vibrations
  • EWLD 476 Nondestructive Examination
  • EMEC 491 Impact Dynamics
  • EGEN 591 Dynamic Behavior of Materials

Selected Publications

Link to Google Scholar

“Axial Deformation Characteristics of Graphene-Sonicated Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites Subjected to High Rate of Loading.” Pramanik, B.; Mantena, P. R.; Rajendran, A. M., In: Singh B., Roy A., Maiti D. (eds) Recent Advances in Theoretical, Applied, Computational and Experimental Mechanics. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore, pp. 325-337, 2020, doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-1189-9_26

“Characterization of Dynamic Material Property of AlSi10Mg Aluminum Alloy Under High Strain Rate Compressive Loading,” Uddin M. S.; Kuelper, K; Pramanik, B., In: Tomsett A. (eds) Light Metals 2020. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series. Springer, Cham, pp. 440-444, 2020, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-36408-3_62

“High strain rate compressive deformation behavior of an additively manufactured stainless steel,” McWilliams, B.; Pramanik, B.; Kudzal, A.; Taggart-Scarff, J., Additive Manufacturing, Vol 24, pp. 432-439, 2018, doi:10.1016/j.addma.2018.09.016

“Chapter 5: Dynamic Characterization of Energetic Materials”, Pramanik, B.; Book-Title: Energetic Materials: Conventional and Advanced Processing Technologies for Next-Generation Materials; Editors: Mezger, M. J., Tindle, K.J., Pantoya, M., Groven, L.J., Kalyon, D.; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018, ISBN-13: 978-1138032507.

“Energy Dissipation and High-Strain Rate Dynamic Response of E-Glass Fiber Composites with Anchored Carbon Nanotubes,” Boddu, V.M., Brenner, M.W., Patel, J.S., Kumar, A., Mantena, P.R., Tadepalli, T., Pramanik, B., Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol 88, pp. 44-54, 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2015.10.028.

“Indirect Tensile Characterization of Graphite Platelet Reinforced Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites at High-Strain Rates,” Pramanik, B.; Mantena, P.R., Tadepalli, T.; Rajendran, A.M., Open Journal of Composite Materials, 4, 201-214, 2014, doi: 10.4236/ojcm.2014.44022.

“Effect of Process Parameters on The Dynamic Modulus, Damping and Energy Absorption of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nano-Tube (VACNT) Forest Structures,” Mantena, P.R.; Pramanik, B.; Tadepalli, T.; Boddu, V.M.; Brenner, M.W.; Kumar, A., Journal of Multifunctional Composites , Vol. 2 (2014), pp. 93-100, 2014, doi: 10.12783/issn. 2168-4286/2.2/Mantena.

“Strain-Rate Dependent Ductile to Brittle Transition of Graphite Platelet Reinforced Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites,” Pramanik, B.; Mantena, P.R., Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 2014, Article id 765698, 8 pages, 2014, doi: 10.1155/2014/765698.

“Energy Dissipation and the High-Strain Rate Dynamic Response of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube (VACNT) Ensembles Grown on Silicon Wafer Substrate,” Mantena, P.R.; Tadepalli, T.; Pramanik, B.; Boddu, V.M.; Brenner, M.W.; Stephenson, L.D.; and Kumar, A., Journal of Nanomaterials, Vol. 2013, Article Id 259458, 7 pages, 2013, doi: 10.1155/2013/259458.

“Surface Fractal Analysis for Estimating the Fracture Energy Absorption of Nanoparticle Reinforced Composites,” Pramanik, B.; Tadepalli, T.; and Mantena, P.R., Materials, Vol. 5, pp. 922-936, 2012, doi: 10.3390/ma5050922.

“Energy Absorption of Nano-Reinforced and Sandwich Composites in Ballistic and Low-Velocity Punch-Shear,” Pramanik, B.; and Mantena, P.R., Open Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 8(1), pp. 87-96, 2012, doi: 10.4236/ojcm.2012.23010.

“Viscoelastic Response of Graphite Platelet and CTBN Reinforced Vinyl Ester Nanocomposites,” Pramanik, B.; and Mantena, P.R., Materials Sciences and Applications, Vol. 2, pp. 1667-1674, 2011, doi:10.4236/msa.2011.211222.

“Punch-Shear Characteristics of Nanoclay and Graphite Platelet Reinforced Vinyl Ester Plates, Laminated Face Sheets and Sandwich Composites under Low Velocity Impact,” Pramanik, B.; and Mantena, P.R., ASME 2009 Early Career Technical Journal, Vol. 8(2), pp. 56-63. 2009.

“Low Velocity Punch-Shear Response of Nanoclay and Graphite Platelet Reinforced Vinyl Ester Plates, Laminated Face Sheets and Sandwich Composites,” Pramanik, B.; and Mantena, P.R., Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids, Vol. 11, pp. 223-224, 2009, doi: 10.1115/IMECE2009-12180.