Divisions - Mechanical
The Division of Mechanical Sciences comprises of six Departments and two Centres and is the largest Division of the Indian Institute of Science. Several of the Units were established in the forties as an outcome of the perceptions of the needs of the Second World War. Thus the Department of Aerospace Engineering was established in 1942 and has had a symbiotic relationship with the aerospace laboratories and industries in Bangalore.
The Space Technology Cell forms an interface with the Indian Space Research Organization, while the Joint Advanced Technology Programme extends a bridge with the Defence Research and Development Organization. The Department of Materials Engineering, established in 1945, has grown to be a formidable Centre for research in metallurgical and materials engineering. The Departments of Mechanical Engineering , Chemical Engineering are renowned in their areas of specialisation. A new Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing came into being in 1998 by reengineering the Central Workshop.
Research highlights include:-
Wind tunnel studies, Aircraft structures, Computational Fluids Dynamics, Unsteady aerodynamics, Water resources management including multireservoirs, Permeability of fine grained soils, Quasibrittle building materials, Rapid prototyping for advanced manufacturing, Noise abatement in industries at the Centre for Techincal Acoustics, Bacterial leaching of gold, Modelling of newer methods of iron making, Dynamic materials modelling, Development of novel materials and composites, Studies of turbulence, Monsoon simulation, Template gel filling, Granular solids, Reactor modelling, Polymer processing, and Technology Management.
It will be noted that incisive engineering science principles are applied to practical problems of interest in the mechanics of structures. The gamut is all the way from nanoscale structures to components in automobiles, aircraft and missiles to large civil structures. The dynamics of fluid flow in the steel converter, blood vessels, atmosphere and oceans have been mapped.