Structural engineering gets its day
S Vishnu Sharma, INN/Chennai, @Svs037
It was a red letter day for the field of structural engineering on 10 June as CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (CSIR-SERC) celebrated its 55th foundation day. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, director, IIT-Kharagpur stressed about the emerging trends in automation. He said computational technology and intelligent software have started challenging the human intelligence.
He also spoke on the basic concepts and architecture of Cyber-physical Systems (CPS), where the physical and software components are deeply intertwined and how it is different from the traditional embedded systems. Examples of CPS are autonomous automobile systems, smart buildings, he said.
Professor Santosh Kapuria, Director, CSIR-SERC said noteworthy contributions were made by CSIR-SERC ever since its inception in 1965 the fields of civil engineering, infrastructure development, aerospace.
He also highlighted contributions of the organisation with regards to condition assessment of structures, fatigue and fracture investigations on structural components, capacity enhancement of bridges. The recent one was the load testing of Pamban Bridge.
He mentioned about the crucial qualification test of the fuel drop tank of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) done at CSIR-SERC and its significance. J. Rajasankar, Chief Scientist, CSIR-SERC, proposed vote of thanks.