IIT Guwahati signs Memorandum of Understanding with Oil India Limited
Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oil India Limited (OIL) in the presence of Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, and OIL team representative S.P. Deka ED(ES,IC & DOR), B. Bhuyan HoD Inst., and B. Mazumdar DGM (Inst.).
Under the collaboration, the Institute will design and develop a prototype for Remote Ignition with Pilot Burner Flame Detection System for the company's Duliajan Plant in Assam.
Speaking during the MoU signing event, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “The unique remote all weather ignition and flare detection system being developed by IIT Guwahati for OIL, Duliajan will ensure the ignition of the low pressure gases through the close loop intelligent control circuit. The proposed technology will provide a safer option by replacing manual fire ignition systems at old OIL production installations."
The primary aim of this project is to replace manual fire ignition systems at old OIL production installations with safer automatic fire ignition systems.
This project enacts the design and development of a Pilot Burner prototype by IIT Guwahati.
A pilot burner with a mechanism of remote ignition is advised for all flares to ensure continuous ignition of flare gases.
The present system that is to be developed by the researchers at IIT Guwahati will ensure continuous monitoring of the burner system and automatically ignite the burners when the flame is extinguished.
This system will be shielded adequately to provide all-weather resistance and to ensure its durability and dependability.
To synchronize the detection and ignition systems, a control unit will be developed. In the event of a system anomaly, it can be switched to manual mode, and an emergency shutdown is also to be designed.
Researchers from IIT Guwahati involved in this project include, Prof. Sisir Kumar Nayak (Lead PI), along with Prof. Harshal B. Nemade from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Prof. Bishnupada Mandal from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)