CEMILAC Approves Castings for JFS
The Jet Fuel Starter (JFS), also called the Gas Turbine Starter Unit (GTSU), is an auxillary engine used for starting the main engine of LCA. This unit has a few complex shaped, critical, and premium quality class A castings and indigenisation of these was undertaken by the Defence Materials Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, under the Vacuum Investment Casting Technology Programme. The castings are made of Nickel-based cast super alloy (CM247LC) through investment casting process. The Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness, (RCMA), Midhani, stipulated the airworthiness aspects and evaluated metallurgical and mechanical properties for compliance. Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), Bangalore, formally accorded type approval on 12 July 2002 for those castings which had performed successfully in TD1 and TD2 of the LCA prototype. Additional eight sets of JFS castings have also to be produced at DMRL for use with PV3-PV5 series of LCA which are under production at Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) , Bangalore.
NMRL Conducts Trials on Bukhari
The Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), Ambernath, has developed a Flame-less Catalytic Room Heater (Bukhari) based on alcohol fuel. This Bukhari is an improvement to the alternative existing Kero-Bukhari which is not safe as it produces heat via flame, emits excess soot, and carbon monoxide. However, the newly developed Bukhari does not produce any soot and carbon monoxide emission is also low. Sea -level trials at NMRL and at the Shri Ram Institute of Industrial Research, Delhi, have confirmed the safety in pollution level. Field trials at Field Research Laboratory (FRL), Leh and Khardongla (K-top) at 11,500 ft, and 18,380 ft, respectively from sea-level were carried out in July 2002 by NMRL scientists. The Bukhari showed maximum power output of 1.2 kW. Carbon monoxide emission was found to be less than 5 ppm which is much below the acceptable limit. Encouraged by the result, efforts are also being made to develop 6-8 kW heat output flame-less Bukhari.
DRDL Develops Enterprise Resources Planning Software
The Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, has state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, employing about 300 technicians on 250 machines located at 12 workcentres for developing prototypes of different aerospace systems. DRDL realised that for optimal resources utilisation in a rapidly changing job shop environment, there was a need to develop Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software-an integrated software solution, which would map all the functions of the organisation. Integrated Manufacturing Information System (IMIS), developed on Oracle with Developer 2000 as front end, is a set of integrated software modules providing operational, managerial, and strategic production information for improving productivity, quality, and competitiveness.
The software consists of modules for process planning, material planning, production control, quality control, e-workorder, human resource, cash and credit purchases, and job costing. These modules have been designed, developed, and also implemented.
IMIS has resulted in an increased productivity, better planning for manufacturing, and improved resource utilisation. Some of the benefits of implementing ERP packages are:
IMIS has been successfully deployed and working satisfactorily for the past two years. DRDL is interested to install ERP packages in DRDO labs/estts and would also help in training and implementation of the software.
Xth Prof DS Kothari Memorial Oration
The Defence Laboratory (DL), Jodhpur, organised the Xth Prof DS Kothari Memorial Oration on 6 July 2002. Prof Jitendra Nath Nanda, Ex-Director DRDO, Visiting Prof, Punjab University, Chandigarh and Secretary, INSA; and Shri Rajendra Kumar Bhansali, Ex-Director General, Railway Staff Training College, Baroda and Chairman, Bombay Port Trust, Mumbai were the Chief Guests. Prof Nanda delivered the oration lecture on the Origin of Terrestrial Magnetism.
Shri RK Syal, Director, DL, Jodhpur welcomed the Chief Guests and stated that it was the vision of Prof DS Kothari to institute this laboratory in the Ratanada Estate for undertaking research and development work related to enhancement of operational capabilities of troops in desert terrain. Shri Rajendra Kumar Bhansali in his Presidential Address narrated his personal experiences with Prof Kothari and said that Prof Kothari had been a source of inspiration to him.
Prof Nanda also gave away Foundation Day Award to Shri RC Vaidya for his contribution in the field of Science and Technology Management. Dr Narendra Kumar, Joint Director and Chairman, Organising Committee delivered the vote of thanks.
l0th& 11th Integrated Foundation and Orientation Programme
The Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, successfully completed a four-week l0th Integrated Foundation and Orientation (INFO) Programme on 10 July 2002 for 159 officers. The officers belonged to mechanical, computer, electronics, aeronautical, and instrumentation streams. Dr VK Aatre, SA to RM addressed the participants. Shri Ramesh Kumar, Chief of Personnel, DRDO HQrs, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest for the valedictory function.
11th INFO Programme for the newly appointed scientists of the DRDO was inaugurated on 8 August 2002. The course has 208 participants. Prof PU Deshpande, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, inaugurated the programme. Rear Admiral AK Handa, VSM, Director and Dean, IAT, welcomed the participants.
Enabling Technology Centre at DMRL Inaugurated
Dr P Rama Rao, Dr Brahmaprakash, Professor and Scientific Adviser to Government of Andhra Pradesh inaugurated the Enabling Technology Centre at DMRL on 12 July 2002. Dr: VK Aatre, SA to RM presided over the function. On the occasion, many dignitaries also visited the Centre and showed keen interest in its activities.
CEMILAC Celebrates Foundation Day
CEMILAC, Bangalore celebrated its Foundation Day on 16 July 2002. Shri KVSS Prasad Rao, CCR&D (Tech) presided over the function and gave away prizes to the scientists and staff of CEMlLAC in recognition of their contributions. Dr Kota Harinarayana delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on the topic, A Few Comments on Design, Development, and Certification of Aircraft.