Research labs team up for carbon nanotube, composites research

A consortia of Indian academic institutes and industry will be involved in a major national initiative to develop prototypes and technologies from carbon nanotubes and composites, which find a vast range of commercial applications.

Driven by the defence laboratories, the consortia would have the Indian Institute of Technologies , the National Physical Laboratories, the International Centre for Advance Research in Powder Metallurgy and two major private industries.

The Rs 50-crore initiative has begun and would accelerate during the 11th Plan. From the common tennis racquets to aircraft body to medical implants, composites (especially the carbon-carbon composites) are finding increasing use, said Dr G. Balasubramanyam and Dr G. Rohini Devi, experts in composite materials and part of the organising committee of the National Conference on Composites told newspersons here on Thursday.

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