Established in 1964, Aerospace Engineering department is a Premier teaching and research centre today. The department is engaged in engineering
science instruction, in-flight laboratory work,
aerodynamic testing, and indigenous design
and fabrication of advanced facilities and instruments. The department specializes in aerodynamics,
flight mechanics, propulsion, and aerospace structures. It has a unique
flight laboratory with four powered aircrafts, four gliders and a
1000 m runway. All other academic institutions in the country make
use of this facility. The Gliding and Soaring centre attached
to the department has significantly contributed to the aviation awareness
amongst the young through its glider pilot training program.
The department has completed and currently involved in a large number
of sponsored and consultancy projects for the agencies like AR&DB, ARMREB, ADA, ADE, ADRDE, ASTE, AICTE, DST, DRDL, GTRE, VSSC, ISRO, CSIR, HAL, MHRD, ARDE, HEMRL, CEMILAC, Indian Railways. The expert faculty has designed
and developed high-speed and low-speed wind tunnels, measurement
methods using hot wire and laser Doppler anemometry,
industrial and wind energy aerodynamics, subsonic
and transonic flow computations, hypersonic
flow computations for re-entry vehicles,
and the design and optimization of the fiber-reinforced composite
structures for static, dynamic and random loadings.
Over the years the department has also developed
excellent collaborative relationship leading to work on several advanced
projects of national importance with a large number of aeronautical
establishments including NAL, ASTE, GTRE, HAL, DRDL, ADE,
ARDE, ADA and ISRO.