Centre Mulls New Plan for Research on Flight Safety

Published: 11th July 2015 05:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2015 05:40 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR:A national programme on Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) to further research in the field of developing technologies for prognosis and diagnosis of snag in aircraft while on air and taking immediate measures to prevent mishaps is under consideration of the Central Government.

Scientists and engineers across the globe have been working on this area involving the technology of diagnosis and prognosis which will ultimately lead to safer flying in aircraft or travelling in trains and automobiles, eminent scientist and chief designer of Tejas, India’s indigenous  Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Dr Kota Harinarayanan said here on Friday.

“If a fault that occurs in the system of an aircraft during flight can be diagnosed in advance and remedial measures taken, flying could become much safer than it is today.

Once the IVHM plan is accepted by the Centre, there will be need for many collaborators across the country at the university level,” Dr Harinarayanan, also the Chairman of National Committee on IVHM, said.

Inaugurating a national workshop on IVHM at the SOA University, Dr Harinarayanan said functional degradation could occur in any vehicle, be it an aircraft, spacecraft or automobile, leading to functional deterioration but the need is to ensure that there was no sudden failure. “When this technology evolves, it would make travel safer while lowering the cost of maintenance of the vehicle as well as cost of travel,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Prof A Banerjee stressed on innovation in every sphere of life. An incubation centre, aimed at ‘nurturing and fuelling the desire to dream, innovate and convert’ was on the anvil at SOA University.

Dean (Research) Prof PK Nanda said the university was aiming at sustained collaborative research for which 10 research centres and 29 laboratories had been established to promote inter-disciplinary research. Twenty three lab-to-lab collaborations were already in place, he added.

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