NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR ADVANCED TECHOLOGIES IN AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS

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Nov 18, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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NATIONAL INITIATIVE FOR ADVANCED TECHOLOGIES
IN AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS


Gas Turbine Enabling Technology (GATET) is one of the major initiatives of AR&DB, New
Delhi. The aim here is to design the Gas turbine Engine of the future, for both civilian and
military applications. Major challenges in the initiative would be environmental concerns such as
noise reduction and low emissions, while maintaining low fuel consumption and high efficiency.
For military applications the objectives shift towards unmanned vehicles, whereas for manned
vehicles one would like to enhance reconnaissance and strike capabilities. To achieve these
goals, one has to make advancements in materials, superior analytical design tools (CFD/FEM)
and enable environmentally cleaner and quieter technologies.

A core executive body, chaired by Dr. K.V.L. Rao visited several academic and research
institutes with a view to inviting and sanctioning projects in broad areas including aerodynamics,
heat transfer, flow through a compressor, turbine and fan, engine modeling, unsteady CFD,
application of LES, stall and surge and related areas. The aim of the executive body was to fill
the technological gap in the domain of gas turbines and develop human resources in military and
civilian aerospace applications. After many brainstorming sessions, ten projects were submitted
from our Institute in advanced simulation through turbine and compressor passages, LES of
blade wake interactions, tip-leakage flow, aero-acoustics of turbo machinery blades, flutter and
combustion. Four projects worth Rs. 2.2 crores have now been sanctioned and we expect
additional projects to be sanctioned in the near future.

A second initiative, named AURA (Autonomous Unmanned Research Aircraft) is headed by Dr.
Biju Uthup of ADA, Bangalore. The mission aims are to define and develop advanced
technologies for the unmanned aircraft program. Our Institute is one of the partners in this
initiative and projects worth Rs.1.5 crores have been sanctioned.

Dr. Subrata Sarkar, Dr. Arun Saha, Dr. Abhijit Kushari, Dr. C. Venkatesan and Dr. R.K.
Sullerey, apart from other faculty in Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are
associated with these initiatives. Dr. Subrata Sarkar has been identified the Institute Coordinator

in this context.