Molding Collaborations: India-Belarus cooperation programme
Niharika | Jun 25, 2018
“Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant.”
This quote by Steve Anderson aptly justifies the benefits of collaboration in the realm of research and development. Following on these lines, the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of NIT Rourkela has recently collaborated with the Institute of Technology of Metals of National Academy of Science, Belarus. This is the first ever Indian collaboration with the academia of Belarus and is entitled as the “India-Belarus Inter-governmental Science and Technology Cooperation Programme.”
The project articulates two different countries’ scientific research community i.e. Institute of Technology of Metals, Belarus and NIT, Rourkela. While the Indian counterparts administer the Modelling and Simulation part of the work, the Belarusian counterparts cater to the experimental as well as the industrial needs of the job. The institute in Belarus has a great Process metallurgy lab and possess a good facility of the continuous casting process for various kinds of metal. Working together has brought about an exchange of knowledge, technological understanding and implementation of novel modelling tools for the development of continuous casting process. The project investigators include Dr Snehanshu Pal and Dr Anindya Basu from NIT Rourkela as well as Dr Yury A. Lebedinsky and Yauheny Marukovich from Institute of Technology of Metals, Belarus.
The project is entitled as the “Investigation of solidification process and prediction of microstructure during secondary cooling in continuous casting of plain carbon steel to estimate the porosity fraction and carbon segregated by multiscale simulation.” The objective of the project is to develop a microstructure model of Continuous casting process so that one can understand the concept of Segregation as well as the columnar and equiaxed grain distribution over the domain of continuously casted steel through Cellular Automata and Phase field modelling techniques. Modelling the heat transfer and segregation model for different cooling conditions as well as process parameters is the key goal of the entire collaborative effort. The commencement was done in September 2016 and until now, the macrostructural development has been done.
When asked about the motivation behind this collaboration, Dr Snehanshu Pal has quoted:
“For better ideas, more novelty and originality to be incorporated in this work, we thought of advancing for a foreign collaboration. With cross culture scientific collaboration, different kinds of mindset will come into play and it may help in the long run to understand the subject in a different way. Science and technology is a marvellous platform to bring people closer irrespective of their linguistic barrier and international boundaries. Such kind of cross culture scientific understanding and transfer of knowledge is an inspiration for the collaboration.”
We at Team MM hope that such collaborations benefitting the institute will be carried out further in the future so that the students will be exposed to the innumerable prospects that the department has to offer.