Announcements: ● The full paper submission date is extended till 15 February 2019 ● Appreciation letter from T. S. Datta, President, ICC, click here to download. ● NSCS-27, Book of Abstracts is now available, click here to download. ● NSCS-27, Symposium photographs, click here to download.

All Short courses will be conducted on January 15, 2019.


Time:09:30 – 13:00 hours

Prof. Srinivasan Kasthurirengan,
Centre for Cryogenic Technology,
IISc Bangalore.
Prof. Srinivasan Kasthurirengan started his career after completing his Ph.D degree from in Physics from TIFR, Mumbai in 1975. Subsequently he joined IISc, Bangalore and served as a scientist at the Centre for Cryogenic Technology. He has more than 40 years of research experience in cryogenic engineering as a scientist. During his career, he has executed several R&D and consultancy projects funded by DST, CSIR, DAE, ISRO and other non-governmental agencies. His areas of interest are: Cryogenics Systems, Cryocoolers, Cryogenic Instrumentation, Gas Sensors, Cryosorption pumps etc. Several students have obtained their Ph.D and M.Tech degrees by working with him. He has more than 120 publications in national and international journals. After his superannuation in 2013, he is serving as an advisor on liquid helium plant operations at the Physics department, IISc as well as a consultant to a few other institutions. He is involved also as a teaching faculty at the Talent Development Centre of IISc second campus at Kudapura, Challukere, Karnataka.

Prof. H.B. Naik,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
SVNIT, Surat-395007, Gujarat
Prof. H B Naik is working at SardarVallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat since 1984. He has taught the subject of cryogenics for many years at under graduate and post graduate level at his institute. His research interest includes development and analysis of the GM type Pulse Tube Cryocooler and Thermoacoustic Compressor/Engine and Thermoacoustic Cooler. He has completed several sponsored research and development projects, guided Ph. D. thesis and post graduate dissertations in this subject area.
Course Contents:

  1. Historical background, basic definitions and thermodynamics, recuperative and regenerative systems, Different cryocoolers such as JT, Stirling, GM, and Pulse tube systems and their cycles.
  2. Advancements in cryocooler technology (a) regenerator materials to reach 4K and lower (b) linear motor compressor systems with flexure bearings (c) cryocooler developments for space applications (d) modeling of cryocoolers in particular for PT systems.
  3. Long term performance and improvement of reliability by the complete absence of moving components, fundamental aspects of thermoacoustic engines / compressor. Thermoacoustic refrigeration and other developments in this area.
  4. Commercial cryocoolers, comparison of their performances and application areas, R&D activities on Cryocoolers in Indian laboratories, their outcome, various challenges, new research areas to be pursued.

Superconducting Materials and Magnets

Time:14:00 – 17:30 hours

Dr. R.G. Sharma,
Cryogenics and Applied
Superconductivity Lab,
Inter-University Accelerator Centre,
New Delhi-110067
Dr. R.G. Sharma born in the year 1941 obtained his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from Agra University in 1961 and Ph.D. (Kondo Effect) from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint in teaching he started his research career at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi joining the then Division of Low Temperature Physics in 1964. During his 38 years of stay at NPL Dr. Sharma conducted extensive low temperature experiments on a variety of research problems down to 1 K. He switched over to superconducting materials and superconducting magnets in 1973. Major work was done on long lengths of multifilamentary Nb3Sn and V3Ga wires through Bronze Route and in Situ techniques. Post 1987 worked on high Tc cuprate superconductors. While at NPL, built many 8 T and 11 T (Nb-Ti/Nb3Sn) superconducting magnets, SC-HGMS system and NMR Magnet System, all first time in India. Retired from NPL in 2001 as Deputy Director and Head “Division of Superconductivity and Cryogenics”, joined Cryogenic and Applied Superconductivity Group at IUAC, New Delhi and continued with projects based on SC magnet.
He has guided many PhD students & has authored several papers in journals. Wrote a book “Superconductivity-Basics and Applications to Magnets” published by Springer Hydelberg. He is the recipient of ICC “Life Time Achievement Award 2014”, Prof “R. Srinivasan Award for Low Temp. Phys. / Cryogenics, 2003”, “MRSI Medal Award 1996”, “NPL Merit Award 1977”, “A.N.Chatterjee Memorial Award 1977” for Best Work on Superconductivity. He is presently MRI Project Advisor at IUAC and Chief Editor “Indian Journal of Cryogenics” published by ICC.

Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam
M.D. Anderson Chair
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
at the University of Houston
Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam is a M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute at the University of Houston, Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer of SuperPower Inc, a former subsidiary of Philips Electronics. He led SuperPower to multiple world-records for the highest performance thin film high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire over several length scales, the longest thin film HTS wire made and first to pilot manufacturing. He led the world’s first significant delivery of thin film superconductor wire to build a power transmission cable in Albany, NY, which is the world’s first demonstration of a thin film superconductor device in the power grid.
At the University of Houston, Dr. Selvamanickam led a highly successful Department of Energy-funded program to achieve four-fold improvement in in-field performance of superconductor wires. He has also established research on epitaxial thin film semiconductors on low-cost, flexible substrates for photovoltaics and flexible electronics. Prof. Selvamanickam has published over 240 papers and holds over 80 issued patents. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House, which is the highest award given to scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. He has also received three R&D 100 awards, the Superconductor Industry Person of the Year award, Wire and Cable Technology International Award and the IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity Materials Technology. In 2014, Prof. Selvamanickam was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.
Course Contents:

  1. Phenomenon of Superconductivity
  2. Type II superconductor and critical current density
  3. Stabilized MF superconductors
  4. Application to magnets


  1. Power and Magnet Applications of Superconductors
  2. High temperature Superconductors (HTS)
  3. Overcoming challenges in critical currents of HTS
  4. – Anisotropy
    – Grain Boundaries
    – Flux pinning and Flux creep

  5. Methods to fabricate HTS wires
  6. Current status in improvement of HTS wires for power and magnet applications

Helium Liquefaction/ Refrigeration Systems – Theory and Design Aspects

Time:14:00 – 17:30 hours

Dr. Mukesh Goyal,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Mumbai-400085, Maharashtra
Dr. Mukesh Goyal is a Scientific Officer at Cryo-Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. He joined Department of Atomic Energy in 1998 after graduating from Government Engineering College, Bilaspur. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. Dr. Goyal has worked as a Guest Scientist at CERN, Switzerland. He is also associated with Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) as technology advisor for M. Tech. students and faculty of cryogenic engineering. His research contributions are in the field of helium cryogenic systems. He has worked on the development of helium refrigeration/liquefaction systems and critical cryogenic equipment such as ultra-high speed cryogenic turboexpanders, high effectiveness compact plate fin heat exchangers, closed loop turboexpander and heat exchanger test facilities, liquid helium Dewar/cryostat with vapour cooled shields, external helium purification systems, closed loop compressor control systems, conversion of air screw compressor for helium applications, fine oil removal systems, etc.

Dr. Anindya Chakravarty,
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Mumbai-400085, Maharashtra
Dr. Anindya Chakravarty is a Scientific Officer at Cryo-Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India. He graduated from Government Engineering College, Jalpaiguri, India and received his Ph.D. in Cryogenic Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 2001. Dr. Chakravarty has worked as a Guest Scientist at CERN, Switzerland and Fermilab, USA. His research and development interests include helium refrigeration/liquefaction systems, ultra-high speed cryogenic turboexpanders, gas lubricated bearings, cryogenic heat exchangers, etc. Dr. Chakravarty is also associated with the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) in the capacity of an Asst. Professor.

Course Contents:

  • Process Design for Helium Liquefaction/ Refrigeration Systems
  • Design Aspects of Critical Equipment for Helium Liquefaction/ Refrigeration Systems
  • Large Scale Helium Cryogenic Systems


  • Undergraduate knowledge of thermodynamics and heat transfer