You are here

Department of Aerospace Engineering

IISc student team wins laurels in American Helicopter Society competition

Team Lakshya-IISc, a student team from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has won laurels in the prestigious Student Design Competition conducted annually by the American Helicopter Society International. The team was adjudged the 'Best New Entry – Graduate Category' in a competition which witnessed participation by teams from the top universities in the world.

IISc lab working on aircraft that is as small as a fly

It's not just the electronic gadgets, even the aeroplanes are shrinking! The new planes, which can be as small as a fly, can fly over disaster struck areas to search for survivors, and go on a reconnaissance mission in strategically sensitive regions. Such tiny aircraft are being developed by engineers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Yoga practitioners are less likely to get inflammatory diseases, finds study

Say yes to practicing yoga every day! A recent study by a group of Bangalore researchers has revealed that regular yoga practitioners are at a lesser risk of developing inflammatory diseases leading to cardiovascular disorders, tumorigenesis (cancer) and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was carried out by researchers from the M S Ramaiah Medical College and the Indian Institute of Science.

Artificial seashell shapes: Learning from nature's underwater architects

Nature has inspired modern structural engineering in many ways, from Michael Phelps' shark-skin inspired swimsuit to birdlike airplanes. However, until now, engineers have mainly been restricted to the simpler natural architectural shapes that millennia of evolution have produced. Studying and mimicking natural structures allows us to profit from millennia of evolution and natural selection to create optimal designs. A research team led by Chandra Sekhar Tiwary and Professors Kamanio Chattopadhyay and Debiprosad Roy Mahapatra from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has shed light on fascinating details of seashell design that pushes the boundaries of nature-inspired architecture.

A new method to design artificial honeycombs

We have all seen what honeycombs look like, and the more fortunate among us have slurped honey off them too. What we don’t know is, honeybees have somehow hit upon the most efficient structure possible. Artificial structures that are built like a honeycomb allow us to achieve maximum stability at minimal cost, using minimal material. Researchers at the Aerospace Engineering Department, IISc, have come up with a novel method of designing the peculiar geometric configuration of honeycombs.

Reducing aircraft noise and improving airconditioning

A new “nozzle”, a device used in aeroplanes, can reduce the noise levels in our airports and boost the performance of aeroplane engines. Developed at the Indian Institute of Science, these nozzles also have potential applications in next generation eco-friendly refrigerators and fuel cells.