Department of Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace Department IIT Kharagpur
Aerospace Department IIT Kharagpur

The department was set up in 1965 leading to B.Tech (Hons.) degree after a high power committee appointed by GOI stressed the need for manpower training in the field of Aeronautical Engineering. Over the years, the department has built up laboratories in the areas of aerodynamics, structures and propulsion. A Centre of Excellence for Composite Structures Technology, funded by ARDB, has been established in 1999. Some major thrust areas of the future are Aerospace Control Systems, Aero-Servo-Elasticity, Aerothermo-Mechanics, Industrial Aerodynamics, Air Breathing Propulsion, Composites, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Non-destructive testing and Wind Energy. Currently, the research efforts of the faculty are supported by a large number of projects sponsored by ARDB, ADA, ISRO, DST, AICTE, MHRD and many other organisations

Research Areas[edit | edit source]

Smart and Composite Structures
 Uncertainty Quantification in Aircraft Analysis & Design
 Jet controls.
Aerospace structures
 Nonlocal elasticity
Smart Structures
 Composite materials and nano-composites
 FGM Plates and Shells
Composite and Smart Structures
 Structural Dynamics & Aeroelasticity
Design & Development of MR fluid damper & Landing Gear Dynamics
 Structural Health Monitoring
Composite Structures
 Micro Air Vehicle
Computational Aerodynamics Experimental Aerodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Large Eddy Simulation
 Fluid-Structure Interaction
Computational fluid dynamics and flight mechanics
 Flight Dynamics Controls System-Identification Neural Networks
Combustion and propulsion
 Fault Detection and Isolation
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
 Combustion of Solid Fuels and Energetic Particles
Path Planning of Autonomous Vehicles
 Droplet and Spray Combustion
Experimental Methods in Combustion
Atomization and Sprays
System Identification/Parameter Estimation - Neural Networks
Flight Dynamics & Control and Flight Testing
Design Guidance and Control of Rockets Parafoil UAV MAV WIG-Craft etc.
Numerical simulation of compressible and chemically reacting flows
Combustion Driven Shock Tunnel
Laser spectroscopy (new field)
Two-Phase Flow Computations
Compressible turbulence
Turbulence-radiation interaction
Turbulent reacting flows
high performance computing
Solid Mechanics
Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions.
Radiative heat transfer
Trajectory Optimization
Dubins Vehicle
Obstacle Avoidance
Gas turbine
Estimation Theory