Venkata Nadakuditi

Associate III


Venkata Nadakuditi specializes in strength, fatigue, and fracture mechanics in metals with primary interests in steel structures and pressure containing systems. Prior to joining WJE in 2016, Mr. Nadakuditi spent his career in the oil and gas industry. His past work included extreme event strength assessments, extreme event strain-based assessments, defect acceptance criteria, fatigue life predictions, and experimental testing. He has experience using ABAQUS finite element software, special purpose fracture mechanics software programs, and classical methods. He routinely applies methods based on API 579 (Fitness for Service), BS 7910 (flaw assessments), along with other design documents (e.g., API, ASME, AISC, BS, DNV) to calculate defect acceptance criteria, material requirements, remaining fatigue lives, strength, and ductility.

Mr. Nadakuditi’s graduate studies focused on the seismic analysis of horizontally curved steel girder bridges and their parametric response.



Finite Element Analysis

  • 3-D solid element model of beam-to-column bolted connections with plasticity and contact
  • Strength and fatigue assessment of ASME Section VIII Division (3,500 psig) pressure Vessel
  • Shrinkage cracking evaluation of water treatment plant tank walls
  • Expansion joint failure analysis for 35 Express bridge
  • Failure analysis of prestressed concrete cylindrical pipe
  • Structural analysis of truss systems supporting conveyor systems
  • Dynamic movement analysis of thermal test chambers used in rocket firing
  • ASME Section 8 Division III Pressure Vessels: Design by analysis of pressure vessels for global collapse, local strain, and fracture mechanics-based fatigue assessment*
  • Blast Containment Vessel: Design (by analysis) of the blast containment for ASME Section VIII Division III pressure vessel*


Engineering Criticality Assessment (ECA)

  • Engineering criticality assessments for ship hulls
  • Engineering criticality assessments for turret mooring system
  • Engineering criticality assessments for titanium stress joints*
  • Strength analysis and ECA of a modified elbow (subsea) to meet the code requirements*


Fitness for Service

  • Turnout support for oil refinery in Wyoming
  • Turnout support for oil refinery in Indiana
  • Strength evaluation for a choline chloride storage tank
  • Limit load analysis of deformed casings per API 579 criteria*
  • Limit load analysis of corroded fixed riser pipe per API 579 criteria*
  • Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit - Houston, TX: Strength, thermal, and vibration stress analysis of the of cracking unit


Peer Review

  • Steel shelving calculations for Austin airport
  • Code calculations review for pressure vessel component redesign
  • Dual derrick system structural review*
  • Subsea manifold structural review and design*


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Repair evaluation of sound barrier walls
  • Repair evaluation of concrete deck expansion joint repair
  • Piping Support Structure: Vibration analysis (random response) on multiple retrofit options to quantify vibration reduction*
  • LNG Piping Structure with Fatigue Cracks: Vibration analysis (random response) of the repaired pipe structure to calculate
  • the fatigue life*



  • Field inspections and load rating of bridges for MDOT
  • Load rating for San Juan navy pier
  • Stability analysis for curved trapezoidal box girder bridge in Louisiana

*Projects completed previous to joining WJE

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Welding Society


Professional Engineer in TX


Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Bachelor of Technology, Civil Engineering, 2004

The Pennsylvania State University
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2008