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National workshop on Turbomachineary aerodynamics
July 08, 2013 04:59PM
A four-day national workshop on 'Turbomachinery aerodynamics: design and optimization using CFD' kicked off at IIT Mandi on June 21, 2013. The company GearedOx, which is incubated by IIT Mandi , organised the workshop. The workshop aimed at bridging the gap by enhancing participants’ skills and focusing on advanced tools that can be used in teaching and research at academic-level.
It focused on advanced theoretical fundamentals of turbomachines with industrial practices using CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) tools. The participants also got practical hands-on industrial exposure together with interactive sessions with experts from industry and professors from IITs.
The speakers in the workshop were Dr. J. S. Rao (Chief Scientist officer, Altair Engineering, India), Dr. Shripad P. Mahulikar (Aerospace Department, IIT Bombay), Dr.Sudarshan Kumar (Aerospace Department, IIT Bombay), Sanjay Kuma and Dr. O. P. Singh (School of Engineering, IIT Mandi). About six speakers from industry also interacted with the participants. The companies that participated in the workshop were Altair Engineering Inc., CD-adapco, Geoinformatics Consultants Pvt. Ltd. and Innovent Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
On the inaugural day of the workshop, the Director IIT Mandi, Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, the Deputy Director IIT Mandi, Prof. Lalit Malhotra, the Dean (Academics), Prof. Ramesh orunganti, the Dean (students), Prof. B. Subramanian, Distinguished visiting faculty, Prof. Subrata Ray and faculty, IIT Mandi, Dr. Vishal were welcomed. The Director, IIT Mandi, Prof. Gonsalves gave an overall account of how IIT Mandi is growing rapidly in the Himalayas with students working hard to solve society's problem through their efforts in the field of design and innovation. He emphasized on generating intellectual properties instead of focusing on service-related jobs as exponential growth is only possible when we work on innovation and new ideas.
The guest speaker, Dr. J. S. Rao (Chief Scientist officer, Altair Engineering, India), while addressing the participants said, "We need to go back to Science for innovation". He added, "Entire engineering courses can be covered in five subjects that are needed for making a product: Solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetic theory and signal processing".
The workshop drew participants from the country's premier institutes like IITs, NITs, Bits Pilani, BARC, NAL etc.; industry professionals and faculty members from engineering institutes. The participants were impressed and inspired with Dr. J. S. Rao's interactive session, which was quite informative and enlightening.
Ten winners were announced (four faculty and three students and three industry professionals) as part of the competition held by Altair Engineering. All the winners will get free license of HyperWorks software suite for a year and free training in Delhi for three days.
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