The world’s largest combustion research centre which will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. 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.
NCCRDs research interests will cover automotive, thermal power and aerospace propulsion, besides fire research and microgravity combustion to minor extent. The NCCRD has been established at a total cost of Rs 90 crore. It will develop state-of-the-art capabilities in combustion research involving experts in the country.
The establishment of the centre will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community and will provide an impetus to research in Alternative Energy and Environmental Protection by focusing on effective utilisation of combustion as a means of thermo-chemical energy conversion.
NCCRD is supported by the state-run Science and Engineering Research Board of Department of Science and Technology (DST). NCCRD has been set up as a nodal centre in the region and any institute and industry can work with it as it is totally IT-enabled and possess a strong simulation facility.