Dr VK Aatre inaugurating the MATS facilityThe Materials and Transducers Simulated (MATS) Test Centre, a unique facility at the Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory, Kochi, was recently dedicated to the nation by Dr VK Aatre, SA to RM. This facility is designed for undertaking any static or dynamic measurements/evaluation/calibration of any material or sensor/transducer for undersea use. The facility is a boon in the fields of oceanography, ocean acoustics, marine geophysics, underwater acoustic transducers and any other area DEALing with underwater equipment. This technically and technologically sophisticated facility is the only of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. MATS test centre provides three pressure chambers of different sizes and shapes to cater for underwater measurements on different sensors/materials/equipment under different conditions of temperature and pressure. It is also designed for measurements at different operating frequencies. The distributed control system (DCS) , the virtual brain behind MATS is used for automatically controlling various sub-systems of the facility. The DCS performs functions like automatic process control, process data acquisition, display, data storage and retrieval, trend display over long periods (history), alarm enunciation, alarm history and fault display.

While dedicating the facility to the nation, Dr Aatre in his speech said that the facility was superb and was a symbol of synergy established among NPOL, CCE (R&D), Secunderabad, consultants MECON, and various contractors. He also released a brochure on Acoustic Measurements-Looking into Ocean Depths containing the salient features of MATS facility. Shri V Seshadri, Chief Executive (CW&E), DRDO HQrs, New Delhi, presented a summary of the details of the MATS project execution, while Shri HRS Sastry, Associate Director, NPOL, presented a technical
overview of the facility.

Shri V Chander, Director, NPOL, welcomed the guests while Vice Admiral B Bhushan, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd) , Director General, ATV Project, delivered the presidential address.