Tuesday, August 31, 2010

IIT-Bombay's Nuclear-Powered Ramjet/Scramjet Research Concept

IIT-Bombay's Nuclear Ramjet/Scramjet Research Concept

21 comments:

Shailendra said...

Go INDIA Go !!!!!!!!
I suggest that run student project for everything. We have talent, give it right shape, direction and fuel.

Chandan said...

Exams are coming n time for students to submit their project report ...just copy paste stuff to secure some good marks for the teacher...thats it...

Sanket Gokhale said...

In the application section, one of the application mentioned is "Anti aircraft guided missile", how is it possible, when the missile destructs, nuclear debris will fall on the ground, that would cause more harm than caused by the enemy aircraft on bombing mission,(well!! until its on a Nuclear toss bombing mission)... neways a good presentation for building exo atmospheric, supersonic, unmanned spy drone.

Anonymous said...

@ chandan
there are profs who will make sure u fail the course even ifs it ur last sem for pulling that!!

Amarendra said...

First of all, THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA.

Secondly, the report smacks of short sightedness. There were several issues which made the original project unattractive. Not just public opinion. Did this guy even do his reading properly or what? Just because it says *begin sparkly fireworks* NUCLEAR PROPULSION, this 'Project Engineer' is touting it as something similar to a dog which just saw a rainbow.

For those who don't know about the original Project Pluto, just google it up. Here's a nice place to start off:

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/slam.html

Seriously, I hope the professors who reviewed that report were smart enough to not buy this BS. Sure its technically feasible. BUT NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD ACTUALLY BUILD IT.

Isn't that what engineering is all about, coming up with practical solutions for real world problems?

Technology, Photograpy and Travel said...

instead of this we could try using a zeplin based ballon which has upper part covered with solar pannels made out of cermaics and then the zelplin having a fuel cell based motors and a hydrogen collection unit attached to it along now this zeplin can carry a attached pods for SAR and AESA Radar and if the concept works fine it could carry Air to Air missiles and this complete craft be placed at altitudes of 90K to 120K feets above so that they can scan a wide area well such zeplins can help us provide air to air cover better since they are allready in air the fuel they carry can help then as well as the altitude ...

abhi said...

i am an iit engineer too...and belive me this is shit..just a vague thought process

Anonymous said...

The world has seen that, done that and sweared no to do it again.
Project Pluto

Spirit of Exuberance said...

Dont know about the status but similar nuclear powered aircraft was proposed or being worked upon in China too.

Spirit of Exuberance said...

Dont know about the status but similar nuclear powered aircraft was proposed or being worked upon in China too.

Anonymous said...

third rate cut / paste job. No original research whatsoever - flawed concept. Mr Aroor - new depths even for you, sir.

Anonymous said...

Any nuclear powered air vehicle is a waste of time unless you can somehow guarantee that it will never crash.

rajiv said...

Stuff for the future. But some body promised something in very near present.

Anonymous said...

Simple application of common sense shows that this is not a good idea. Given the crash rate of IAF planes, the chances of radioactive fallout over Indian territory are high. Furthermore, even if very high speeds can be achieved, will the pilot be able to handle the aircraft at those speeds? Combat missions are short in duration and current refuellers are already up to the task. Combat planes are much more different that aircraft carriers!

Anonymous said...

Shiv,

This seems like some undergrad level work. Please don't call it IIT Bombay's Research Concept! May be just take off from the site...

Prithvi said...

OMG !! it is so incredibly funny.. typical borrowed thinking.... no originality... and by listing these kinds of materials here the quality of this blog is also getting diluted.. anyone who has limited inkling of reactor core design and its practical constrains knows this is just wet dream of some engineers who had lot of time to spare in Google.. we as a nation has not even produced a decent gas turbine engine and here we are talking of nuclear power ramjet and what not..
just associating the brand "IIT" to an article does not make it more credible...

Anonymous said...

Hard to say he passed or not, because what part is his own work?

It's like the SpaceX employee who published something about nuclear propulsion, the next day the CEO says he disagrees with it.

Shiv Aroor said...

Not that this says anything, but this presentation was made at a seminar at AeroIndia last year!

Mr. Ra said...

The idea will be good in future when the petroleums will start depleting from the earth. It will be still better if it can be worked up with Thorium.

Anonymous said...

shiv,
i believe you said the post on mmrca would be posted by Tuesday ....
well still waiting...........

Avenger said...

Really surprised that the report barely has any mathametical modeling for the proposed system. Seems more like an Higher Secondary Physics Exhibition/competition proposal. I have first-hand experience with the quality/standards of education imparted at IIT-Bombay for Master's Degree, its a joke. I am more worried about the quality and scope of Fundamental Science's Research in India as opposed to Application's Theory. I don't see any initiative at Governmental level and Academia/Scholars level to focus there research on topics of fundamental Physics, Chemistry and Biology. India hasen't produced any Nobel winning Scientiest in any of these fundamental sciences since Independence. That shows something is miserably anemic at our so-called premier Institutes such as IITs.