IIT Madras has today (5th April, 20119) introduced a High Pressure Cold Spray (HPCS) SMART (Surface Modification and Additive Research Technologies) laboratory facility at the University Campus. The inauguration has been done with the collaboration of General Electric (GE) by Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT Madras and Alok Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, GE India Technology Centre and chief technology officer- GE south Asia. This is the first of its kind facility introduced in India.
The laboratory consists of a state-of-the-art High-Pressure Cold Spray equipment, imported from Plasma Giken, Japan. This project is funded under Uchatar Avishkar Yojana and HRD Ministry is the key investor alongwith Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, IIT Madras and GE.
“This event signifies one more standard in the evolution of he IIT’s collaboration with the industry. The UAY has been successful in drawing the attention of both academia and the industry. The reviews have indicated good progress under this scheme and the initiative is part of a joint collaboration with GE. This has many applications not just for aviation but many other verticals. I hope some startups come out of this as well,’ said IIT Madras Director, Bhaskar Ramamurthy.
About the Facility
Cold spray is an emerging technology for advanced manufacturing and services and can be utilised to co-develop processes for aero-engine applications. This smart technology has application temperatures that are much lower than other thermal-spray and welding processes; which means the distortion and stress associated with those repair techniques can be avoided thus, leading towards longer assess life.