The World’s largest combustion research center was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Tamil Nadu on 13th October 2017. The National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat in the presence of Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
A report says that “This is the largest grouping of academic combustion researchers globally with 30 faculty members from six departments of IIT-M working on the project. The infrastructure facilities are also the largest for any combustion research center in an academic setting globally.”
A total cost of Rs 90 crore is made in the establishment. NCCRD is supported by state-run Science and Engineering Research Board of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology. The interests like automotive, thermal power and aerospace propulsion, fire research and microgravity combustion to the minor extent will be covered. It will be a major boost to the Indian scientific community. Many industries like Mahindra, TVS, AVL, GAIL, GE, Shell, BHEL, DRDO (DRDL, GTRE, CFEES), NAL, ISRO, Forbes-Marshall, Siemens, Thermax, Cummins, FM Global, Tata Power, VTT, and Valmet are working closely with NCCRD. State of the art capabilities in combustion research will be developed. It has been set up as a nodal center and any institute and industry can work with it. This is one of the best diagnostic centers in the country to understand combustion.
Saraswat said that NCCRD was one of the premier centers in the country. The intention is to make it a knowledge base in areas like gasification, combustion, propulsion and automotive sectors. This is one of the best diagnostic centers in the country to understand combustion.
The director of IIT-M Bhaskar Ramamurthi said energy, emission of carbon dioxide and pollutant gases have become very important due to climate change, global warming and other impacts of combustion. This center will play a pivotal role in making sure that India has access to the latest technologies in all these areas.