About Department Of Aeronautical Engineering
Air Commodore Devender Sharma (Retd.)
Professor & Head of Department.
Qualifications: B.E (Mech) Hons., M.E.-Aero (IISc Bangalore), MBA-HRM, M.Sc (Defence Studies)
Experience: 36 Years
Areas of Interest: Flight Testing & Evaluation, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Propulsion Engg.
The Aeronautical Engineering department was established in 2008 and thereafter, acquired resources consistently in order to build up a good academic environment. The Lab facilities include a subsonic, open circuit wind tunnel along with its measurement accessories, a 3-component Balance, a water-table, a hot-wire anemometry system, a 32-channel electronic pressure scanner, propeller test setup, flame propagation apparatus, experimental set up for measuring shear centre, torsion and bending stresses, and diffused light Polariscope for stress analysis. The department also ha s a aircraft assemblies, components, and aircraft instruments of a frontline fighter aircraft, and models of various aircraft and jet-engine. The students assemble exotic configurations of aero-models and fly them so as to study the effect of aerodynamic features and structural integrity of such aircraft configurations. The computational facility in the department has specialized software like ANSYS and lab courses are also conducted on the use of modeling/ simulation software’s like, GAMBIT/ FLUENT, MATLAB, CATIA, and CREO.
The faculty members in Aeronautical Engineering are well qualified, holding Ph.D. and M.Tech qualifications in Aerospace Engineering from premier institutions of India. They have rich experience in aircraft maintenance, aircraft design, rocket systems and design of UAV gathered from their previous tenures in IAF and academic institutions. Such a practical experience is of great advantage to students to get first-hand information on modern technologies/practices followed in the aerospace industry.
The co- curricular activities include educational visits to Air Force bases, industry and academic institutions like IIT Delhi, Kanpur etc. The department conducts aero-modeling workshops & organizes guest lectures from industry/academic institutions and other professional bodies.
Aeronautical students have been placed in DRDO labs, like ADE, Bangalore; in organizations like Mechartes and Zeus Numerix which is engaged in application and development of Computational Fluid Dynamics; and in private companies like TCS and VizExperts Pvt Ltd., engaged in design, simulation and maintenance of aircraft. Our students have also performed exceptionally well in the private airlines like Jet Airways, Emirates and Indigo. Some of the students have gone for higher studies (M.Tech, MBA and Ph.D.) in premier institutions in India, USA, Germany, and Australia.
The students enrolled for B.Tech- Aeronautical Engg. also have options for specialization in Aerospace or Aircraft Maintenance.
Thrust Areas: Experimental aerodynamics, CFD and UAV.