Komal Chawla

Komal Chawla

Postdoctoral Researcher

Komal is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Composites Innovation (CI) Group in the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She is working on process and design optimization for polymer composite manufacturing. She has expertise in understanding of the process-structure-property-function relations in structured materials as well as fabrication, characterization, and qualification of composites. 


Postdoctoral researcher, University of Wisconsin Madison.


Integrated M. Tech + Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur, India.

B.E. Civil Engineering, Rajasthan Technical University, Kota, India.

Architected carbon nanotube foams and methods of making same, US2024/0109778A1.


  • Chawla, K., Thompson, D. Thevamaran, R. (2023), Superior thermal transport properties of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes tailored through mesoscale architectures, Carbon 10.1016/j.carbon.2023.118526.

  • Chawla, K., Gupta, A. Thevamaran, R. (2023), Disrupting density-dependent property scaling in hierarchically architected foams, ACS NANO, https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.3c01223.

  • Bhanugopan M., Chawla K., Thevamaran R.(2023): Effective mitigation of oblique impacts by helmet liners through unraveling of collectively buckled VACNTs, Experimental Mechanics, 10.1007/s11340-023-01013-1.

  • Chawla, K., Gupta, A., Bhardwaj, A., Thevamaran, R. (2022), Superior mechanical properties by exploiting size-effects and multiscale interactions in hierarchically architected foams, Extreme Mechanics Letters, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eml.2022.101899.

  • Singh, D., Kiran R., Chawla, K., Kumar, R., Chauhan, V.S. and Vaish, R. (2022) Determination of multi-physics effective properties, and actuation response of triply periodic minimal surface-based novel photostrictive composites: A finite element analysis, International Journal of Engineering Sciences, 178, 103726, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijengsci.2022.103726.

  • Chawla, K. and Kiran, R. (2022) “Numerical predictions for the effect of negative Poisson’s ratio on thermoelastic properties of triply periodic minimal surface-based composites” Results in Materials, 14, 100273, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rinma.2022.100273.

  • Gaur, A. Chawla, K. Kiran, R. Patel, S. (2023) Effective thermo-electro-mechanical properties of menger sponge-like fractal structures: A finite element study, Physica Scripta, https://doi.org/10.1088/1402-4896/ace5f1.

  • Chawla, K. (2022) “Analytical model for damping behavior of an orthotropic cantilever hollow member with polygonal perforations” Applied Mathematical Modelling,101, 716-728, 10.1016/j.apm.2021.09.023.

  • Chawla, K. and Ray-Chaudhuri, S. (2021) “Mathematical modeling and experimental study of damping behavior of a cantilever CFRP composite hollow member with metal inserts” Journal of Vibration and Control, 28, 915-931, https://doi.org/10.1177/1077546320985982.

  • Chawla, K., Raju, B., Dakshyani, B.S., Kanchrela, K. B., Mahapatra, D.R. (2020) “Micromechanical effect of pores on elastic properties of polymer matrix composites” Polymer Composites, 42(3), 10.1002/pc.25919.

  • Chawla, K. and Ray-Chaudhuri, S. (2020) “Amplitude dependent damping behavior of CFRP composite tubes: effect of cross-section” Journal of Sound and Vibration, 476, 115-313 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2020.115313.

  • Chawla, K. and Ray-Chaudhuri, S. (2018), “Stress and strain concentration factors in orthotropic composites with hole under uniaxial tension” Curved and Layered Structures, 5, 213-232 https://doi.org/10.1515/cls- 2018-0016.

  • Chawla, K. and Ray-Chaudhuri, S. (2020) “Damping ratio of the fundamental mode in EPS foam filled CFRP composite tubes” Communication, Curved and Layered Structures, 7, 178-185, https://doi.org/10.1515/cls-2020-0014.