|Service No & Branch||5951 AE(L)|
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|Date of Birth:||Commissioned: 01 Jun 1960||Course: 17 DEO Course|
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|Sqn Ldr||Ram Narain Agarwal||5951 TECH||Award Date 26 Jan 1971||Announced 26 Jan 1971|
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Squadron Leader Ram Narain Agarwal (5951) Electrical Engineering was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 1st June 1950. He has held a number of important appointments including those of Squadron Electrical Officer of an operational Squadron, instructor at Air Force Technical College and Electrical Engineer at the Institute of Aviation Medicine.
At the Institute of Aviation Medicine Squadron Leader Agarwal was responsible for the servicing of highly complex and sophisticated equipment such as the human centrifuge, low pressure chambers, climatic chamber and the hyperbaric recompression chamber. His work in this area was of a very high order and enabled the Institute of Aviation Medicine to meet all its commitments of research and clinical evaluation.
Squadron Leader Agarwal was also responsible for building up cold temperature research facilities at the Institute. The minimum temperature available with the imported deep cooling plant was only -10ﾃつｰ C against the specification of -54ﾃつｰ C. The manufacturers having failed to improve the efficiency of the cooling plant, Squadron Leader Agarwal took the initiative to modify certain electrical and other circuits, thereby bringing down the temperature to -50ﾃつｰ C. This was done without any assistance or expenditure of foreign exchange. Simultaneously, he equipped a room to obtain a controlled temperature from 15ﾃつｰ C to 0ﾃつｰ C. These facilities have enabled the Institute to meet many of its commitments in the field of operational research.
Recently the Institute was required to resolve a thermal problem associated with a new type of aircraft. This called for a hot and humid room capable of simulating tropical conditions. The engineer's estimated for the cost of work was Rs. 75,000. Squadron Leader Agarwal was able to design and construct the room from salvage material obtained locally. The room has been an unqualified success and has enabled various combinations of heat and humidity to be obtained as required by the Research Team.
The human centrifuge installed by a foreign firm had an inherent defect of creeping and jerking suddenly on starting. This was accepted by the Manufacturers as being incapable of rectification. On his initiative, Squadron Leader Agarwal modified the electrical circuit and servo-mechanism which not only removed the defect but will also serve in prolonging the life of the equipment.
|Unit : IAM|
|Reference : GoI19710126|