Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
   
Dr. Mohan Varma
Professor and Head, Space Engineering and Rocketry
Ph.D. (BIT Mesra)
Contact Address
Permanent Address C II/11, B.I.T. Campus Mesra - 835215, Ranchi
Local Address Deptt. of Space Engineering & Rocketry Birla Institute of Technology Mesra 835215 Ranchi
Phone (Office) 06512276224
Phone Residence 09431383073
Email Id mohanvarma@bitmesra.ac.in
Joined Institute on : 31-Jan-1977
  Work Experience
 
Teaching : 36 Years

Research : 43 Years

  Research Areas
 
  • Gel Propulsion
  • Propellant Technology
  • Ignition & Combustion
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Rheology
  Award and Honours
 

1. Dalmiya-HEMSI Award 2003 for Outstanding Research in the field of High Energy Materials presented by Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Govt. of India.

2. AICTE Best Project Award 2004 presented by the Minister of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

3. Technology Day Award 2004 given by H.E. Dr. Abdul Kalam, the President of India.

4. Distinguished Alumnus Award 2005 presented by the Chairman, Board of Governors, Bareilly College, (Rohilkhand University). 

5. IIME Best Paper Award 2006 presented by the President of the Mineral Engineers’ Society, UK.

6. IIME (India) Best Paper Award 2007 presented by the President of the Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers, India.

7. Silver Medal for Expert Lecture at Research Centre of High Energy Systems at Tomsk State University, Russia, 2007 presented by The Rector, TSU.

8. Shiksha Ratna Puraskar (Outstanding Educationist Award) 2008 presented by the Secretary General of India International Society, New Delhi.

9. Citation of Recognition 2012 (For Distinguished Contributions in Propulsion Sciences & Technologies) presented by Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers, Republic of Korea.

10. Citation in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, USA, 2005-2006.

11. Visiting Professor to DLR (German Aerospace Centre) Lampoldshausen, Germany, 2006.

12. Invitee to Expert Lecture Series on Aerospace Propulsion at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2006 .

13. Invitee for Expert Lecture Series at Tomsk State University, Russia, 2007.

14. Key Note Speaker at Korean Conference of Propulsion Engineers, Yeosu, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2012.

15. Conference Session Chair at 5th European Conference for Aerospace Sciences, Munich, Germany, 2013.

16. Citation of Recognition 2012 (For Distinguished Contributions in Propulsion Sciences & Technologies) presented by Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers, Republic of Korea.

17. Reviewer for Journal of Energetic Materials, Taylor & Francis USA.

18. Reviewer for Journal of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier.

19. Reviewer for Defence Science Journal, DRDO Publication, India.

20. Reviewer for International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, USA.

21. Reviewer Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, AIAA, USA.

22. Reviewer Combustion and Flame, Elsevier, USA (Outstanding Certification).

   Publications
 

 Papers published  in International/National Journals:

              1.  N.L. Munjal and Mohan Varma, Application of Cryogenic Fluids to Rocket Technology, Ind. J of Cryogenics (I) 1984. pp. 1-8.

2.  N.L. Munjal and Mohan Varma, Problems Offered by Cryogenic Propellant in Rocket Technology, Ind. J of Cryogenics 9 (3) 1984, pp. 172 - 181.

3. N.L. Munjal, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Preparative and Mechanistic Studies on Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine- Red Fuming Nitric Acid Liquid      Propellant Gels, Propellants, Explos. Pyrotech.10(4) 1985 pp. 111 - 117. 

4. B. L. Gupta, Mohan Varma and N.L. Munjal, Rheological Studies on Virgin and Metallized Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine Gelled Systems, Propellants, Explos. Pyrotech., 11, 1986, pp. 45 -52.

5. B. L. Gupta, M. Varma and S.B. Goel, Rheological Characterization of Fuming Nitric Acid Gel, Propellants, Explos. Pyrotech., 11, 1986, pp. 85 - 90.

6. B. L. Gupta, M. Varma and N.L. Munjal, Theoretical Performance of Metallized Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine - Red Fuming Nitric Acid System, Ind. J. Technol., 30. 1992 pp 234 - 244.

7.  N. L. Munjal, B. L. Gupta and M. Varma, Performance Studies on UDMH-RFNA Gelled Propellants, Inst of Engrs., Journal AE,71,1991, pp. 25 - 31.

8.  B. L. Gupta, M. Varma and N.L. Munjal, Theoretical Performance of Metallized Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine - Red Fuming Nitric Acid System. Ind. J. Technol., 30.1992. pp. 234 - 244

9.  M. Varma, B. L. Gupta, and M. Pandey, Formulation and Storage Studies on Hydrazine-Based Gelled Propellants, Defence Sci. Journal 46 (5), 1996, pp. 435 - 442.

10. B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Ignition and Combustion Studies on Gelled UDMH- RFNA System, Journal of Engineering & Material Sciences, Vol.6, 1999, pp.13 - 21.

11.  Mohan Varma, M. Pandey and B.L. Gupta, Pressure Dependence of Thermal Decomposition of Ammonium Nitrate Oxidizer, J. Ind. Chem. Soc., Vol. 80, 2003, pp. 569-574.

12. Chandan Guria, Mohan Varma, Santosh K. Gupta and Surya P. Mehrotra Simultaneous Optimisation of the Performance of Flotation Circuits and their Simplification using the Jumping Gene Adaptations of Genetic Algorithm, Int. J. of Mineral Processing, Vol. 77, 2005, pp. 165-185.

13. Chandan Guria, Mohan Varma, Surya P. Mehrotra and Santosh K. Gupta, Multi-Objective Optimal Synthesis and Design of Froth Flotation Circuits for Mineral Processing, Using the Jumping Gene Adaptation of Genetic Algorithm, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.  Vol. 44, 2005, pp. 2621-2633.

14. Chandan Guria, Mohan Varma, Surya P. Mehrotra and Santosh K. Gupta, Simultaneous Optimization of the Performance of Flotation Circuits and their Simplification using the Jumping Gene Adaptation of Genetic Algorithm – II: More Complex Problems, Int. J. of Mineral Processing, Vol. 79, 2006, pp. 149-166.

15. Chandan Guria, Mohan Varma, Santosh Kr. Gupta and Surya P. Mehrotra, Optimal Synthesis of an Industrial Beneficiation Plant using a Jumping Gene Adaptation        of Genetic Algorithm, Int. J. of Mineral Processing, 2007.

16. Chandan Guria, Mohan Varma, Santosh Kr. Gupta and Surya P. Mehrotra, Optimal Synthesis of an Industrial Fluorspar Beneficiation Plant using a Jumping Gene Adaptation of Genetic Algorithm, Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Journal, 2009.  

17.  Mohan Varma and Roland Pein, Optimization of Processing Conditions for Gel Propellant Production, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, Vol. 8 (6), 2009, pp. 501-513.

18.  Mohan Varma and B.V.S. Jyoti, Ignition and Combustion Studies of Heterogenous UDMH-RFNA Gel Propellants, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, 10 (3), 2011, pp. 259-275.

19.  Harshit Shukla, Rajesh G. Singh Nandan, Priyanka Shukla, Vinod Kumar N, and Mohan Varma, Ignition and Combustion Characteristics of a MEMS Pyrotechnic Thruster for Micro Propulsion Applications, International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion, 16 (2), 2017, pp. 115-123.

20. Manisha B. Padwal and Mohan Varma, Thermal Decomposition Behavior and Combustion Characteristics of HTPB- Coarse AP Composite Solid Propellants Fe2O3, Combustion Science & Technology, 190 (9), 2018, pp. 1614-1629. 

 Papers presented/published in International/ National Conference & Proceedings

1.  N.L. Munjal, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Thixotropic Rocket Propellant Gels, Symposium on High Energy Materials, ERDL - Pune, Nov. 27-29, 1978.

2.  B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Pre- ignition Reaction Studies with UDMH - Nitric Acid System, Symposium on Rocket Propulsion, IAT- Pune. Dec 27 - 29, 1978.

3.  N.L. Munjal, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Mechanism of Gellation of Liquid Propellants, UGC Symposium on Reactivity of Solids. GNDU- Amritsar, Oct.        13 – 15, 1981.

4.  N.L. Munjal, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Some Studies on Heterogeneous Propellant Gels, Symposium on High Energy Materials, ERDL- Pune Dec. 27-29, 1982.

5.  B.L. Gupta, Mohan Varma and V. Kumar, The Role of Filler Particle Size Distribution in Composite Solid Propellant Formulation, 36th AGM of Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi, Dec. 1 & 2, 1984.

6.  N.L. Munjal, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, Performance Studies on UDMH-RFNA Gelled Propellants, Fourth National Convention of Aerospace Engineers and All India Seminar on Aircraft Propulsion, Ranchi, Jan.28-29, 1989.

7.  P. Pathak, B.L. Gupta and Mohan Varma, An Analytical Study of the Effect of Aluminization on the Performance Parameters of UDMH-RFNA Bipropellant Systems VII National Seminar on High Energy Materials Proceedings, 1994, pp.  177- 181.

8.  Mohan Varma, B.L. Gupta and M. Pandey, Formulation & Storage on Hydrazine- Based Gelled Propellants, International Seminar on High Energy Materials, Nov. 19 - 21, 1996.

9.  N.L. Munjal, and Mohan Varma, Instrumentation for Processing and Testing of Rocket Propellants, 23rd National Symposium on Instrumentation, Ranchi, Oct. 7-10, 1998.

10.  Mohan Varma, B. L. Gupta, M. Pandey and T. Nandi, Fast Response Instrumentation for Ignition Delay Measurement of Hypergolic Liquid and Gelled Bipropellant Systems, 23rd National Symposium on Instrumentation, Ranchi, Oct 7 -10 1998.

11. B.L. Gupta, Mohan Varma, and V. Kumar, Effect of Compositional Variables on the Flow Behavior of HTPB based Composite Solid Propellant, National Convention of Indian Space Programme for 2000 & Beyond - A Perspective, Ranchi, Dec. 14 & 15,1998.

12. Mohan Varma, B.L. Gupta and M. Pandey, Performance Evaluation Studies on Gelled and Metallized Mono-Methyl Hydrazine- Nitrogen Tetroxide System, National Convention of Indian Space Programme for 2000 & Beyond - A Perspective Ranchi, Dec. 14 & 15, 1998.

13. Mohan Varma & M. Pandey, Thermal Decomposition Studies on Catalyzed Ammonium Nitrate”, Proc. 3rd International Conference on High Energy Materials, Thiruvananthapuram, Dec. 6-8, 2000, pp. 182-188.

14. Mohan Varma and P. V. Jaiswal, Rheological Studies on Aniline Based Heterogeneous Fuel Systems, Proc. 15th National Convention of Aerospace Engineers and National Seminar on Aerospace and Rocket Technologies: Challenges Ahead, Ranchi, Feb. 23-24, 2001.

15. Mohan Varma & R. K. Singh, Ignition and Combustion Studies on Formalazine, Proc. 32nd International Annual Conf. of ICT, July 3-6, 2001, Germany, pp.84-1 – 84-14 .

16. Mohan Varma, A.K. Chatterjee and M. Pandey, Ecofriendly Propellants and their Combustion Characteristics, Proc. 1st International HEMSI Workshop, Tata-McGraw Hill, 2002, pp.144-179.

17. Mohan Varma, Condensed Phase Phenomenon in Propellant Combustion: Technological Implications, National Seminar on Impact of Condensed Matter Physics on Technology, SMIT, Sikkim, March 4 & 5, 2005.

18. Mohan Varma and M. Pandey, Thermal Degradation of HTPB, AN, their Virgin and Catalyzed Propellants under Slow Decomposition Conditions, Proc. 5th International High Energy Materials Conference, Nov. 23-25, 2005, Hyderabad.

19.  Mohan Varma and Chetan R. Chodankar, Design and Validation of a Premixed Swirl Burner for LPG-Air System, Proc. National seminar on Recent Advances in Energy Systems & Combustion Processes, Ranchi, Feb.14-16, 2007, pp. 252-263.

20.  Mohan Varma and Roland Pien, Optimization of Processing Conditions for Gel Propellant Production, Proc. of 7th International Symposium on Special Topics in Chemical Propulsion, Kyoto, Japan, Sept. 17 – 21, 2007.

21. Mohan Varma and Vivek C. Joshi, Rheological investigation on Gelled UDMH Fuel, Proc. of VIth International High Energy Materials Conference, Chennai, Dec. 13 – 15, 2007.

22. Botchu Vara Siva Jyoti and Mohan Varma, Ignition and Combustion Studies of Gel Propellant, National Seminar on Present Status and Technological Challenges of Indian Aerospace Programme, Ranchi, Nov. 27 – 29, 2008.

23.  Lovely Mallick and Mohan Varma, Laser induced Ignition of Virgin, Metalized and Catalyzed HTPB-AP Composite Solid propellants, 7th International High Energy Materials Conference and Exhibits, Pune, India, Dec. 08-10, 2009.

24. Mohan Varma and B.V.S. Jyoti, Ignition and Combustion Studies of Heterogeneous UDMH - RFNA Gel Propellants, 9th International Symposium on Special Topics in Chemical Propulsion, Quebec City, Canada, July 9-13, 2012.

25. B.V.S.Jyoti, Mohan Varma, Seung Wook Baek and Dong-Gi Lee, Comparative Study of Rheological Properties of Ethanol and UDMH based Gel Propellants, 5th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences, Munich, Germany, July 2013.

26. B.V.S. Jyoti, Puroshothaman N. and Mohan Varma, Combustion Studies on UDMH-RFNA Gel Propellants, 24th National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion, Dehradun, 2015, Vol.1, pp. 243-246.

27. Harshit Shukla, Rajesh G. Singh Nandan, Priyanka Shukla, Vinod Kumar N, and Mohan Varma, Analytical and Experimental Studies on a Micro-pyrotechnic System, Proc. 20th Symposium on Thermal Analysis, IIT BHU, Varanasi, 2016, pp. 218-222.

28. Harshit Shukla, Rajesh G. Singh Nandan, Priyanka Shukla, Vinod Kumar N, and Mohan Varma, Ignition Characterization of Energetic Materials for MEMS based Pyro-devices, Proc. 10th International High Energy Materials Conference and Exhibits, Hyderabad, 2016, Vol.1, pp. 152-156.

29. Harshit Shukla, Rajesh G. Singh Nandan, Priyanka Shukla, Vinod Kumar N, and Mohan Varma Development of a MEMS Pyrotechnic Thruster for Micro Propulsion Applications, 52nd AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Propulsion and Energy Forum, UT, USA, AIAA 2016-4907, 2016.

30. Jayashri Sehajpal and Mohan Varma, Therma Decomposition and Burn Rate Studies of AP-HTPB based Composite Solid Propellants with Added Surfactant, Proc. 32nd National Convention of Aerospace Engineers,2018, pp. 102-106.

31. Siddharth Behal and Mohan Varma, Spray Characteristics of Pure and Metallized Green Gel Propellants, Proc. 12th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, Dec. 16-18, 2019, IIT Madras.

 

           

  Member of Professional Bodies
 

 National Executive Council Member of High Energy Materials Society of India 2007-2009

 Life Member of High Energy Materials Society of India

 Member Astronautical Society of India 

 Life Member Indian Society for Technical Education 

 Life Member Combustion Institute Pittsburgh USA, India Chapter

  Text and Reference Books
 

1.  Advances in Solid Propellant Technology (Ed.), Tata-McGraw Hill, New Delhi. 2002

2. Optimisation of Processing Conditions for Gel Propellant Production in Special  Topics in Chemical Propulsion, Eds. Ken K. Kuo and K. Hori, Beggel House, New York, USA, 2008.

3. High Shear Rheometry of Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine Gel in Chemical Rocket Propulsion: A Comprehensive Survey of Energetic Materials, Eds. Luigi T. DeLuca, Toru Shimada, Valery P. Sinditskii, and Max Calabro, Springer International Publishing Co., 2016.

4. Catalytic Thermal Decomposition and Combustion of HTPB-AP Composite Solid Propellants in Presence of Nanosized Bimetallic TMOs in Thermal Decomposition: Process and Effects, Ed. Kalyna Jocosa Pace, Nova Publisher, New York, 2019, pp. 29-68. 

 

  Fellow
 

 Fellow Indian Chemical Society

 Fellow Institution of Chemists