Material Sciences

Title :

Manufacture of shells for field guns with improved design and performance

Area of research :

Engineering Sciences, Material Sciences

Focus area :

Surface Modification and Finishing Processes

Principal Investigator :

Prof. Pradip Kumar Ray, Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

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Executive Summary :

The shells for field guns, manufacturing by Ordnance Factories as per its design supplied by foreign countries, have a number of deficiencies in their manufacturing system affecting performance of the shells in field testing. Considering strategic importance of defence preparedness from national perspective, technological upgradation in design and manufacturing is essential. Innovative methods in both design and manufacturing system are necessary to improve the ballistic behavior of the shells. Development of indigenous methods is essential in this context to lessen the dependence on foreign suppliers. This project aims to develop an improved design and manufacturing processes (design details and process plans as deliverables) for the shells for field guns of defence services ensuring optimal manufacturing performance and best-possible ballistic behaviour based on design, manufacturing, metallurgical and materials research as planned for the existing 130-mm and similar types of shells with active support of Ordnance Factory at Ambajhari (OFAJ), Nagpur.


Prof. Biswajit Mahanty, Professor, Dean, Planning & Coordination Industrial & Systems Engineering, Indian Institue of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, Dr P L Narasimhan, TVS Motors Chair Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, Dr. Vikranth Racherla, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

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