School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Hemantha Yeddu

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering



2012: PhD in Materials Science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

2004: Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

2002: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagarjuna University, India. 

Work experience

2016 - Till date: Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Newcastle University, UK.

2015 - 2016: Senior Researcher, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

2012 - 2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA.

2004 - 2005: Research Engineer, Outokumpu Stainless AB, Avesta, Sweden.

Areas of expertise

Computational Materials Engineering 

Phase-field method


Modelling of microstructure, phase transformations and plasticity

Predicting the processing-structure-property-performance relations of engineering materials

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Invited talks

  1. “Mesoscale modeling of martensitic transformations in engineering materials”, at Materials Center Leoben (MCL), Austria, November 2015.
  2. “Martensitic transformations in engineering materials – A phase-field study”, at CHiMaD, Northwestern University, IL, USA, October 2014.
  3. “Mesoscale modeling of the martensitic transformations coupled with plasticity in engineering materials”, at SES 2014, West Lafayette, IN, USA, October 2014.
  4. “Martensitic transformations in steels - A 3D phase field study”, presented at TMS 2014, San Diego, USA, February 2014.
  5. “Martensitic transformations in steels - A phase field study”, at WMG, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, January 2014.
  6. “Martensitic transformations in steels - A 3D phase field study”, at The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, April 2012.
  7. “Role of Plasticity during martensitic microstructure evolution in steels: A 3D phase field study”, at Plasticity 2012, San Juan, PR, USA, January 2012.
  8. “Phase Transformations in Materials – A mesoscale study on steels using phase-field approaches”, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA, January 2012.

Other conference presentations and colloquiums

    1. "Mesoscale modeling of martensitic transformations in engineering materials", at Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU-Technical University of Denmark, September 2015.
    2. “Shock-induced martensitic transformations in steels – A 3D phase-field study”, at USNCCM 2013, Raleigh, NC, USA, July 2013.
    3. “Effect of martensite nucleus potency on the martensitic transformation in steels: A Phase-field study”, presented at ICOMAT 2011, Osaka, Japan, September 2011. 
    4. "3D modeling of martensitic transformations in steels by integrating thermodynamics, phase-field modeling and experiments", presented at ICME 2011, Seven Springs, PA, USA, July 2011. 
    5. “Physical parameters determination from 3D phase-field simulations of martensitic transformations in steels”, presented at TMS 2011, San Diego, USA, February 2011.
    6. “3D Phase-field modeling of martensitic microstructure evolution in steels”, at PTM 2010, Avignon, France, June 2010.

    Professional services

    • Journal Reviewer for: Nature Communications; Acta Materialia; Scripta Materialia; International Journal of Plasticity; Journal of Materials Science; Computational Materials Science; Applied Physics Letters; Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A; Journal of Crystals; Physical Review E
    • Grant proposal reviewer for National Science Centre, Poland.
    • Session Chair: TMS 2014, San Diego, USA, February 2014.


    • Research expertise: Modelling of microstructure evolution in engineering materials; Solid-state phase transformations, especially martensitic transformations; Effect of plasticity on phase transformations and microstructure; Phase-field modelling.
    • Areas of interest: Metallurgy; Materials processing; Plasticity; Solidification; Computational materials engineering; Modelling of fracture and fatigue properties of engineering components, e.g. gears.
    • Materials of interest: Steels and metallic alloys based on zirconium, titanium, aluminium, nickel; shape memory alloys; ceramics, bio-materials.
    • Materials processing methods of interest: Continuous Casting, heat treatments, novel thermo-mechanical processes, additive manufacturing, shock and high pressure deformations.
    • Modelling approaches: Phase-field method, crystal plasticity approaches, combining phase-field and crystal plasticity approaches, Finite Element Modelling, Phenomenological modelling.


    MEC8052: Manufacturing, Materials and Processes (Module Leader)

    MEC2001: Materials Science II (Module Leader)

    MEC1012: Mechanical Engineering and Professional Skills I

    MEC3018: Design for Industry

    MEC8095: MSc Projects

    MEC3098: Mechanical Engineering Project (B.Eng. projects)