Ropar IIT, ANSYS to install negative pressure chambers for COVID-19 patients in Punjab

Ropar IIT, ANSYS to install negative pressure chambers for COVID-19 patients in Punjab

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Ropar, Jun 3 : Ropar IIT, in association with Ansys Software Private Limited, Indian subsidiary of ANSYS Inc, has joined forces to install low-cost negative pressure cabins in the government medical centers in the Ropar district of Punjab.

Ansys has donated funds to Ropar IIT under CSR agreement towards installation of these cabins, according to a Ropar IIT release here on Wednesday. Ropar IIT, with simulation technology support from Ansys to its Research and Development efforts, has developed low cost negative pressure chambers for isolating COVID-19 patients under the guidance of Dr Dhiraj K Mahajan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

These negative pressure rooms are specifically designed isolation rooms in hospitals and medical centers which ensure that the released air borne contaminants do not stay suspended (or leak outside) and are instead scavenged through the ventilation system.

It comprises a sealed plastic canopy, a removable door around the bed of the patient and an appropriately designed ventilation system to maintain the negative pressure as well as for efficient removal of the air borne contaminants with filtration.

Speaking about the agreement, Ropar IIT Director Prof Sarit K Das said, ''I’m proud of the young faculty members of IIT Ropar who have turned the present Corona crisis to an opportunity to be ATMA NIRBHAR as outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The negative pressure gradient room for Covid19 patients is such a development where our faculty and students worked with the industry." Speaking about the agreement, Mr Rafiq Somani, Area Vice-President - India and South Asia Pacific, Ansys, said, ''Ansysis pleased to contribute towards the installation in Punjab of these much-needed Negative Pressure Chambers. We are firm believers that education, technology, and the government are the three principal forces that can create much needed positive impacts in the world.'' ''The COVID-19 situation has to be controlled soon and technology can pave the way for us. This installation in Punjab is a perfect example of how the industry and academia have come together to aid the government in its time of need. These negative pressure cabins will go a long way in making India self-reliant to fight COVID-19,'' he added.

These NPRs became a reality due to the support from Ansys through its multiphysics engineering simulation software for product design, testing and operations. As a part of its CSR initiative, Ansys is now supporting IIT Ropar via its donation of CSR funds for installing low-cost negative pressure cabins by IIT Ropar in government medical centers in the Rupnagar district, Punjab. IIT Ropar will be in charge for fabricating and installation of these NPRs in Ropar, Punjab. (UNI)