IIT Madras gets world’s largest combustion research centre

The combustion research centre at IIT Madras which will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community

Promising a giant boost to the Indian scientific community, the world’s largest combustion research centre was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras today.

The National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat in the presence of Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, a release by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) said.

World’s largest

This is the world’s largest combustion research centre, it said.

“With over 30 faculty members from six departments of IIT-M working on the project, this is the largest grouping of academic combustion researchers globally. In addition, the infrastructure facilities are also the largest for any combustion research centre in an academic setting globally,” it said.

Key points of interest

  • The NCCRD has been established at a total cost of Rs 90 crore
  • NCCRD’s research interests will cover automotive, thermal power and aerospace propulsion, besides fire research and microgravity combustion to minor extent
  • The NCCRD has been established at a total cost of Rs 90 crore
  • It will develop state-of-the-art capabilities in combustion research involving experts in the country
  • The establishment of the centre will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community and will provide an impetus to research in ‘Alternative Energy and Environmental Protection’ by focusing on effective utilisation of combustion as a means of thermo-chemical energy conversion
  • NCCRD is supported by the state-run Science and Engineering Research Board of Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Saraswat was quoted as saying that NCCRD was one of the premier centres in the country. “The intention is to make it a knowledge base in areas like gasification, combustion, propulsion and automotive sectors. This is one of the best diagnostic centres in the country to understand combustion,” he said.

“This centre will play a pivotal role in making sure that India has access to the latest technologies in all these areas,” IIT-M Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said.

 

[“Source-timesofindia”]