Bhubaneswar: KMBB College of Engineering and Technology, an institute set up by Sambad Ama Odisha Charitable Trust, has been selected for a prestigious research grant.
The award by the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM) was set up by the Ministry of textiles, Government of India to promote the manufacturing of technical textiles in the country. The research team, led by Prof. V R S Madappa of NIT Puducherry, consists of Prof. Shamsher Singh of BITS, Pilani and Prof. Dhanada K Mishra, Director (Academics) of KMBB CET. Dr Mishra is currently on sabbatical leave working in Hong Kong.
The research project titled Polyethylene Engineered Cementitious Composites (PE-ECC) for High Resilient Infrastructure is aimed at encouraging the production of advanced polyethene fibre in the country. One of the major niche applications of the fibre is for the reinforcement of cement composites that can have high ductility which is very useful in earthquake-resistant construction. Research in such engineered cement composites or ECC is still at a nascent stage in India unlike in countries like the USA, China and Japan.
The research proposal aims to encourage local production to bring down prices of imported fibre by identifying and providing applications in areas of earthquake-resistant construction. Part of the research project such as materials’ design and testing will be carried out at KMBB College. The project is for three years and is valued at Rs.73 lakhs.
Chairman of Sambad Ama Odisha Charitable Trust Soumya Ranjan Patnaik congratulated the team on its success.