LONDON (TIP): A team of three aerospace-engineering students from India has been selected as one the finalists in a contest organised by Airbus to find a future aircraft with near-zero propulsion noise. The team from Chennai’s SRM University, comprising of Anita Mohil, Balakrishnan Solaraju Murali and Michael Thomas along with their academic mentor Sakhtivel Kasinath, is among the five finalists of a global competition organised by aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO).
‘Fly Your Ideas’ – a biennial competition, was launched in 2008 with an aim to challenge students across the globe to develop new ideas for the eco-efficient aviation industry of the future. “SRM University propose to reduce propulsion noise thanks to jet exhaust shape modification using intelligent materials (shape memory alloys). These alloys are energised by harvested electricity generated by advanced thermoelectric materials using engine heat source,” the team said in its entry for the contest.
The latest edition of Fly Your Ideas contest witnessed 6,000 students from 618 teams across 82 countries take up the challenge. The other finalist teams are from Australia, Brazil, Italy and Malaysia with their entries ranging from use of passenger body heat as an alternative energy source to a more efficient luggage loading and unloading systems.
All teams will present their ideas to a jury of Airbus and industry experts at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse on June 12. The winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on June 14, when the winning team will receive a prize of 30,000 euros and the runners up 15,000 euros.