IIT Madras and GE forge alliance on Precursor Technologies

IIT Madras – A collaborative agreement was signed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and General Electric Company (GE) on February 8, 2019. As per the agreement, GE will use translational technologies developed by the IIT Madras in the former’s gas turbine component test facility. According to the NDTV report, Prof Ravindra Gettu, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research) IIT Madras and Akhilesh Mishra, Executive – Engineering, GE Power, on behalf of Mariasundaram Antony, General Manager – Global Engineering, GE Power signed the agreement.

The agreement aligns with GE’s efforts to bring digital technologies to realize the vision of smart gas turbines and it will pave the way for longer-term collaboration, citing a statement from IIT Madras, noted the report.

Prof. R. I. Sujith, Chair Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras said, “We believe that this is an exciting opportunity for applying our research in real-world situations.”

Speaking about the alliance with IIT Madras, Mishra said, “The research of Prof. Sujith and his team has been very impressive. Precursor technologies in Thermoacoustics have the potential to leapfrog existing analytics in this area. Adapting these in the lab environment will enable us to have significant benefits in terms of improving risk assessment and decision making, and considerable cost savings.”

Prof. Gettu said “Prof. Sujith’s team is the leading group in thermo acoustics in the world, and has been part of much ongoing and past international collaboration. Prof Sujith’s group has made highly original, groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting discoveries in the subject of thermo acoustics.”

Antony said, “We have been engaging with top researchers to forge better industry-academia partnerships. We are excited to see in-depth trans-disciplinary basic research that transcends the boundaries of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, leading to practical solutions to industrial problems.”

It may be recalled that in 2016, GE announced plans to set up an Industrial Internet Centre of Excellence at IIT Madras to develop power intensive applications with the first focus on rolling out a Digital Twin of an Aluminium Smelter.

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At GE, research has been the cornerstone of innovation for over a century. Today, GE has an estimated 36,000 technicians working across its business and global research centres at the intersection of technology and industry to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

GE’s first and largest global lab outside the US is located in Bangalore.  The John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC) houses close to 5,300+ GE technologists from Global Research and other GE businesses.

IIT Madras is a residential institute with 550 faculty, 8,000 students and 1,250 administrative and supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in 250 hectares and it has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in India.

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