The Indian Institute of Technology – Madras is set to join hands with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore, to work on joint research projects in design and technology.
IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthi and P Soundara Rajan, MD (Helicopter Complex), HAL, signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to set up a Centre for Aerospace Transmission System (CATS) at IIT-M.
The IIT-M faculty and young engineers of HAL will undertake joint research in the field of transmission system for helicopter and engine programmes of HAL. The centre will also facilitate academics and industry to evolve required software and design solutions for different types of gears, bearings, lubrication systems, vibration monitoring systems and production technologies.
Speaking about IIT-M’s partnerships with organisations like HAL and DRDO, director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “The critical thing is to know what the faculty, HAL and third parties, like vendors, should do to convert projects into reality.” He said that the organisations should not shy away from involving third parties, like private vendors who may have the required technology to make progress, instead of waiting to develop it.
Soundara Rajan of HAL said that “homegrown technology” was very important, and that it could only come from industry-academic interface. He said that some critical areas were identified for joint research, and that a chair will be set up at IIT-M. HAL has partnered with other IITs on various other areas, including on vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics with IIT-Kanpur.