To discuss the emerging cutting-edge technology related to aerodynamics, a three-day international symposium on applied aerodynamics and design of aerospace vehicles will be held in the city from Thursday.
The symposium, titled ‘SAROD-2013’ is a combined initiative of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hyderabad and Trust for Advancement of Aerodynamics in India.
Speaking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Dr VG Sekaran, director general of Missiles and Strategic Systems, said, “It is a biennial symposium organised to provide common platform to share the experiences of aerodynamics involved in aerospace vehicle design in India as well as abroad. Earlier, the symposium was held in Hyderabad in 2005.”
The inaugural function will be attended by Avinash Chander, scientific advisor to defence minister and Dr K Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Leonia Holistic Destination, Shameerpet, on Thursday.
About 600 delegates, comprising theoreticians, scientists, aircraft designers and students, will attend the symposium.
“This time we aimed at having large participation of youth. We will have about 100 students, who are pursuing various courses related to aerodynamics,” said Dr Prahalada, vice-chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology.
Highlighting the importance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aerostats, hypersonic aerodynamics, he said, “The future of aerodynamics will largely focus on these areas. For a country like India, these are required in a big way - both for civilian and military purposes. More specifically, a substantial funding will go to research and development in these areas.”
The following topics will be deliberated upon in the symposium: wind tunnel testing, aerostat, airships, flight mechanics and controls, aero thermal design and multidisciplinary design optimisation.
Over 100 research papers by practicing aircraft designers and students from India and several other countries will be presented at the symposium.
A special workshop on hypersonic aero-thermodynamics will also be organised as part of the symposium.