Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 10:
If a fault, which occurs in the system of an aircraft ultimately leading to its crash, can be diagnosed in advance and remedial measures taken to ensure that no mishap occurs, flying could become much safer that it is today, said Dr Kota Harinarayan, eminent scientist and chief designer of ‘Tejas’—India’s prestigious state-of-the-art Light Combat Aircraft (LAC) today.
“Scientists and engineers across the globe have been working on this area involving the technology of diagnosis and prognosis,” he said while inaugurating a national workshop on Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) at the SOA University in the Odisha capital.
Most leading universities in the world are conducting research on this and a national program on IVHM had been submitted to the Government of India, Dr. Harinarayana, who is presently the Chairman of the National Committee on IVHM, said.
“Once this plan is accepted by the Central government, there will be the need for many collaborators across the country at the university level,” he said, adding the SOA University could become the nucleus for IVHM research.
The two-day workshop, organized by the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), the faculty of engineering of SOA University, was presided over by its Vice-Chancellor Prof. Amit Banerjee.
Explaining further, Dr Harinarayana, a front-ranking aeronautical engineer who hails from Brahmapur in Odisha, said functional degradation could occur in any vehicle, be it an aircraft, spacecraft or automobile, leading to functional deterioration but the need was to ensure that there was no sudden failure.
“When this technology evolves, it would make travel safer while lowering the cost of maintenance of the vehicle as well as cost of travel,” he said.
Prof Banerjee stressed the need for innovation in every sphere of life while stating that an Incubation Centre, aimed at “nurturing and fuelling the desire to dream, innovate and convert” was on the anvil at the SOA University.
He underscored the importance of academia-industry collaboration for taking forward research at different levels.
Prof PK Nanda, Dean (Research) at SOA University, said that the university was aiming at sustained collaborative research for which ten research centres and 29 laboratories had been established to promote inter-disciplinary research. Twenty three lab-to-lab collaborations were already in place, he said.
Several experts on the subject including Dr PD Mangalgiri, currently a consultant at the national program on Smart and Micro-systems at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bengaluru, Dr K Vijayraju, currently involved in development of health monitoring technologies through ADA and Prof. Amit Patra, Professor at IIT, Kharagpur are attending the workshop.
Prof Bijan Bihari Das, formerly a scientist with ISRO and presently Research Professor at the SOA University and Prof PK Sahu, Dean of ITER, also spoke.