IIT Delhi, ANSYS Software enter into CSR agreement; CoE for Promotion of Computational Fluid Dynamics Inaugurated

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Pune headquartered ANSYS Software have entered into a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Agreement on May 2, 2019 under which a Centre of Excellence for Promotion of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has been set up at IIT Delhi.

ANSYS Software, an Indian subsidiary of ANSYS Inc, one of the largest CFD software developers, has agreed to fund the Center of Excellence (CoE), as a CSR project.

On Thursday, the Center has been inaugurated in the presence of Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Mr. Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President, India & South Asia, ANSYS.

The three-year project will be carried under the aegis of the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT), IIT Delhi and it will continue until the end of academic year 2021-22 with an aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • To promote education and research and to improve employability of engineering students with specific focus on women PhD candidates.
  • To improve the engineering students' (Masters/PhD) skills in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
  • To promote industry interaction to make engineering students (Masters/PhD) equipped with industry relevant know-how.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the CoE, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said: “IIT Delhi is happy to set up this Centre of Excellence for Promotion of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with the help of CSR support from ANSYS, the global leader in the area of simulation. This Center will help to provide the education in the area of CFD, in particular to the women students; to improve the skills of the engineering students and to provide them a platform to interact with the industry professionals.”

Mr Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President, India & South Asia, ANSYS, said: “As a part of this MoU with IIT Delhi, ANSYS will support the Center of Excellence for Promotion of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with special focus on PhD candidates. This collaboration will improve their employability and equip them with industry relevant knowledge and skills in CFD that can result in more environment friendly solutions for the future. As the global leader in pervasive engineering simulation, ANSYS is excited about the prospects of such a partnership with a premium institute like IIT Delhi.”

Prof. Vivek V. Buwa of the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Delhi, who is the Coordinator of this Center of Excellence, said: “This Center will help to impart education and to undertake cutting-edge research in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and to harness the power of CFD-based simulation tools for development of efficient and innovative products/processes in different areas, for example, power/energy generation, upstream oil and gas, cleaner fuels and environmentally benign chemical processes.”

At IIT Delhi, a large number of faculty members and students from different departments, namely Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, are working on the development and applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based models for a wide range application in the areas of energy/power, defense, upstream oil & gas, oil refining, chemical processing, biochemical processes, biomedical engineering, etc.

What is CFD?
With a significant progress in development of efficient numerical methods and computational power, Computational Fluid Dynamics allows a priori simulations of a variety of engineering processes, cutting across different disciplines, from aerospace, defense, automobile, power generation, chemical and mechanical engineering down to biomedical processes. It has offered unprecedented opportunities in translating innovative ideas and solutions to a variety of engineering problems into products/processes in a faster and cost-effective way.