Aero India 2015: HAL to create Chair at IIT Madras

The Indian Institute of Madras (IITM) and the Bangalore-based public sector undertaking, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this morning at the latter’s stall in Aero India 2015.

IITM

The aim of the alliance is to create an HAL Chair at IIT Madras in order to facilitate a long-term, mutually-beneficial relationship for academic and research based interations, a media statement issued by the Chennai-based institution said.

The MoU was signed on behalf of IIT Madras by Prof. Nagarajan, Dean of International & Alumni Relations, and on behalf of HAL by the Chairman, Shri T Suvarna Raju. The Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Madras, Prof. K Bhaskar, was also present at the ceremony.

HAL will fund the Chair by contributing a one-time payment of Rs.1.5 crores to the Corpus of IITM. The expenses towards the Chair are to be met from a part of the interest earned on this endowment. The remaining part of the interest shall be used to enhance the Corpus amount gradually over the years so that the Chair can be maintained in perpetuity.

The Director of IIT Madras, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, welcomed the signing of the MoU, as it “marked the maturing of an already-strong collaboration that can now be shaped into a model of purposeful engagement between academia and industry”.

The Chair Professor at IIT Madras is expected to provide technical consultancy to HAL; Facilitate development of training programs & training modules, mentoring/coaching for capacity building of HAL personnel; Conceptualise and facilitate conferences of defence-related industries that may be organised at least once in a year to provide a platform to air new ideas and to showcase innovations, new technologies, etc.; Visit divisions of HAL at least once in six months to understand first-hand HAL’s requirements and possible areas of assistance from IITM; and Coordinate with various Departments at IIT Madras to identify research work of potential use to HAL. Under the auspices of the Chair, M.Tech.and Ph.D. programmes may be organized through external registration, and all subjects taught through online method. Specialized short-term courses may also be conducted for HAL officers through the Chair.

This engagement is expected to lead to promotion and development of new and breakthrough technologies in several areas including: stress, Thermal & Fatigue analysis using Finite Element Method (FEM); CFD analysis for Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Aero-engines; Optimization of weight & size of aerospace equipment; Advanced aircraft and engine system technology and application areas; Indigenization of Aircraft, Helicopter and Engine Rotables; Nano-technology development; Smart materials development related to Aircraft, Helicopter and Aero engine development; Special coatings and their application technology; Special electronic equipment and their software such as AESA Radars, airborne special computers, etc.; High Strength Aluminium Alloy Investment Castings; Modern welding technology for Aerospace – Laser, Electron-beam, Friction weld, etc.; Integrated particle separator development; and other technology related to Aircraft, Helicopter and Aero-engine development.

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