Manpower Development Activities

CVRDE, Avadi
The Combat Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (CVRDE), Avadi, organised two Courses, one on Tank Mechanical System and the other on Experimental Mechanics during 11-15 November 2002 and 25-29 November 2002, respectively. The topics covered during the Course on Tank Mechanical System included role of AFVs, power trains and latest trends, power plants, design parameters of AFVs, gun control system, suspension and running gear, AFVs trials and logistics, tank ammunitions, NBC and SGD protection systems, material science, weapon system performance, fire control system, ergonomic consideration in AFVs, multi spectral camouflage, etc. Shri R Jayakumar, Addl Director, inaugurated the course while Shri B Rajagopalan, Addl Director delivered the valedictory address. During the Course on Experimental Mechanics, the major topics covered were: principle of strain gauge technique of stress measurement, design of strain gauge-based transducers, case studies on strain measurement, principles of photo elasticity technique of stress measurement, case studies on photo elastic analysis, introduction to vibration and need measurements, instrumentation for vibration measurements, control, principles and methodology of model testing, signal processing principles, and vehicle dynamics, etc. Dr D Hanumanna, Director, CVRDE, inaugurated the course while Shri PL Sathyanarayanan, Addl Director, delivered the valedictory address .

GTRE, Bangalore
The Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, organised a Course on Machining Technology of Aerospace Materials during 11-22 November 2002. Twenty-one participants from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The course covered lectures on introduction to gas turbines, machining characteristics, machinability criteria and cutting parameters, principles of metal cutting, conventional and non- traditional machining processes, cutting tool failure modes and life criteria, optimisation of machining parameters, dimensional instability behaviour and technology to control it, etc.


The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, organised two Courses, one on Explosive & Environmental Safety and the other on High Explosives during 18-22 November 2002 and 25-29 November 2002, respectively.

The Course on Explosive & Environmental Safety covered all the aspects of safety in the field of explosives, environment and occupational health. Shri S Venugopalan, Sci F, was the Course Director while Shri NV Pillai, Controller, CQA(ME), Pune, presided over the valedictory programme.

The Course on High Explosives included various aspects from development of high explosive formulations and their processing to static testing. Dr KUB Rao, Sci F, was the Course Director while Dr Haridwar Singh, Outstanding Scientist and Director, HEMRL delivered the valedictory address.

NPOL, Kochi
The Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Kochi, organised a Course on Oceanography for Sonar System Design during 11-15 November 2002. ShriVChander, Director, NPOL, inaugurated the course. Twenty- ive participants from various DRDO labs/estts, and Naval Officers attended the course. The topics covered during the course included sonar performance in different environments, seismic signal processing, ocean waves and acoustics, etc. Dr N Mohan Kumar, Sci D, was the Course Coordinator.

RCI, Hyderabad
The Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad, organised a Course on Guided Missile Design from 25 November- 6 December 2002. Fifty-five scientists from various DRDO labs/estts attended the course. The topics covered were: missiles and missile aerodynamics, guidance laws, missile autopilot, missile design, inertial navigation, simulation, and optimisation techniques, etc. Dr VK Saraswat, Director, presided over the valedictory function.

SASE, Chandigarh
The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) , Chandigarh, organised a Course on Avalanche Awareness (CEPAA) during 14-20 November 2002 at Avalanche Forecasting Centre, Old Airfield, Srinagar for the officers of Northern Command. Brig SBS Lidder, Chief Engineer, HQrs 15 Corps inaugurated the course. Thirty- one officers from various military and paramilitary formations of HQrs 14 and 15 Corps attended this course.