Indian start-up achieves breakthrough in aero engine design with Digital Twin
This Indian DeepTech startup recognized by the DPIIT “Startup India” program has recently made a breakthrough in the design of advanced aerodynamic engines for cruise missiles and large drones. With a team of 35 engineers, including chief engineers with global OEM experience and expertise, talented PhDs and graduates from global universities, including IIT students, Paninian has embarked on this challenging journey of design and development of advanced aerodynamic engines, also known as Turbofan. Engines to meet our critical defense needs.
For the first time ever in the Indian private sector, Paninian has successfully demonstrated the design and validation of a 4.5 KN turbojet engine which is being developed in a family of engines in the thrust range of 3 to 12 KN, as well as an AI-augmented digital twin. companions.
The other breakthrough involves the development of an AI-driven digital twin for performance modeling and legacy engine prognostics to support mission performance and life extension efforts of IAF aircraft. like Jaguar and Sukhoi. This Digital Twin platform which is necessary for advanced prognostics, engine health and performance monitoring was completely designed from scratch in India by our engineers. Now India can extend engine life locally and accurately without resorting to foreign aid.
Former Outstanding Scientist and Group Director (Propulsion) Dr. Gouda and Outstanding Former Scientist Dr. Vikas of DMRL, part of DRDO, both currently Technology Advisors for Paninian, pointed out that this digital twin platform will be of great value to the IAF and their application could also be extended to other Navy and Army defense platforms.
Mr. Senthamil Selvan, Chief Engineer who leads the motor development program, added that “Paninian intends to develop and manufacture this complete family of motors ranging from 3 to 12 KN in India using technology from state-of-the-art 3D printing”. This design of Paninian’s engine family can be modularized and reconfigured into different variants to develop the power requirements of future cruise missiles and larger drones for India as well as for export to friendly markets.
Founder Raghu Adla also said he was “tremendously grateful to many senior industry leaders from Lockheed Martin, GE, Rolls Royce, including senior leaders from DRDO, IAF, IIT and IISc research faculties who have supported this journey”. He also highlighted the need for the public sector to support these start-up efforts with grants and access to labs. “With design/development centers in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune, I believe Paninian is quite well placed to attract India’s best global engineering and manufacturing talent to join this exciting journey,” he added.
This innovation could go very far in the “Make in India” program to make the country “Atma Nirbhar” in the strategic field of aeronautical engines. “I am happy to dedicate this innovation to the country on the eve of ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’,” Mr. Raghu Adla added.
Paninian is also participating in the upcoming Wargame organized by Insighteon Consulting, a pioneering aerospace and defense consulting firm, to identify barriers to the development of indigenous aircraft engine ecosystems in India, to be held in August 2022.
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