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IIT-M collaborates with GE to set up lab

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras has established a laboratory to develop advanced technology for aircraft engine components.

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the ‘cold spray’ SMART (Surface Modification and Additive Research Technologies) laboratory was set up in collaboration with General Electric (GE). This is the first of its kind high-pressure cold spray facility in an academic institute in the country.

Institute director Bhaskar Ramamurthi, who commissioned the laboratory, said the project, funded under the Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana, had “many applications not just for aviation but many other verticals. I hope some startups come out of this as well.”

The Human Resources Development Ministry is the key investor along with DST, IIT-M and GE.

Alok Nanda, chief executive officer, GE India Technology Centre, and chief technology officer- GE South Asia, said: “India’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market for civilian aircraft is expected to grow from its current value of ₹4,800 crore. Currently, 90% of MRO needs of Indian carriers are done outside India. This programme will strengthen the MRO ecosystem in the country, help develop advanced technology expertise and promote skill development of our engineers in additive technology. I am excited about this technology partnership with IIT-Madras.”

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