Raghvendra Gopal is a post graduate in Industrial Metallurgy from IIT Chennai, India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy from IIT Roorkee, India. Currently he is the owner of Materials Info Consultancy Private Limited in Pune, India, which is mainly involved in materials testing, failure analysis, new product development support, benchmarking and value engineering for the automotive, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Materials Info Consultancy works on corrosion related failures, investigation and simulations, and also works for developing a supplier base for various commodities including castings, forgings with compete inspection and testing as per end client requirements for domestic and international clients.
With over twenty five years of experience in the field of material selection for specific applications, failure analysis and light weight construction, working with engineering, automotive tier 1 and automotive OEMs, Raghvendra’s areas of interest include material selection and evaluation for specific applications, materials data generation, root cause failure analysis and selection of appropriate manufacturing processes.
Raghvendra was instrumental for a surface protection strategy and defining a corrosion warranty while working with an automotive OEM for various components, correlating corrosion life data obtained in the laboratory in comparison to field life.
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