Mechanical engineering involves the analysis, design, manufacturing. and maintenance of various systems such as manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, motor vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, robotics and even medical devices.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Amritapuri campus was started in 2004.The Department offers a B.Tech. program in mechanical engineering. Over 200 students are currently enrolled in this undergraduate program.

The competent and committed faculty in the department have extensive academic, research and industrial experience. The department also has a team of dedicated and highly experienced supporting staff to help the students in the laboratories.

Research areas include nano fabrication and nano precision optics. In addition, research is conducted in various fields of Mechatronics such as Robotics, Automation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
Students of the department are encouraged to read and publish papers in journals even at the undergraduate level.

They are encouraged to work on projects, either individually or on teams. For example, Chakshuyaan or vehicle-with-eyes, a recent student project, that also saw participation from other departments, won top awards in many national-level competitions.

The department is proud to have some of the most sophisticated lab equipment available today, in its state-of-the art laboratories. A dedicated team of lab staff is available to guide students in the laboratory course work. In addition to the campus library, the department has an extensive departmental library with books and subscriptions to current journals.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following programs:

The engineering discipline of mechanical engineering developed from the application of principles of physics and materials sciences. The Department offers a B.Tech. program in Mechanical Engineering. Over 200 students are currently enrolled in this undergraduate program. Even at the undergraduate level, students are encouraged to read papers published in journals. They are encouraged to participate in conferenced and present papers. At a recent tech fest conducted by NIT Calicut, TATHVA-09, Aditya, a second-year students presented a paper titled CPLD Based Robot Control. Aditya won the third prize for this paper presentation. Students are encouraged to work on projects, either individually or on teams. The Chakshuyaan or vehicle-with-eyes project was adjudged as the best student project in many national-level competitions. A team of third-year students, Harisnakar M., Viswanathan, Mrinal Vellodi, won the second prize for their project -- Chemical Car at a recent tech fest.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Amritapuri campus was started in 2004. The Department offers a B. Tech. program in mechanical engineering. The competent and committed faculty members in the department have extensive academic, research and industrial experience. The department also has a team of dedicated and highly experienced supporting staff to help the students in the laboratories. Research areas include nano fabrication and nano precision optics. In addition, research is conducted in various fields of Mechatronics such as Robotics, Automation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Research Projects

  1. Flow Visualization Studies on Bluff Bodies

    Dr. Ajithkumar

  2. Solar Electric Rickshaw

    Dr. Ganesha Udupa., Joshua Freeman

  3. A Study of Robotic Gripper Driven by Flexible Micro-actuator based on an Innovative Technique

This project involves the development of an adoptable gripper with flexibility, dexterousness and load capacity analogous to the human hand for robotics and medical application. However the principle can be applied to various other applications such as micro robots, pipeline inspection robots, underwater robots and walking robots.

Experiments were conducted using various materials, rubber, plastic, neoprene, nitrile etc, The neoprene tubes (synthetic materials) were found to be more effective than natural rubber tubes during experiments. However, nitrile rubber is used for manufacturing the FMA for the robot gripper.

The humanoid multi-fingered gripper can be fitted to the amputated hand or those who have lost their hand in accident or in war. This artificial hand can also be fitted to the chair or cot using an arm and can be used to work like a servant to feed the patient.

Study of Tribiological Behavior of Aluminium Matrix Composites in Disc Brake Applications

This project involves the development of aluminium/SiC Discontinuously Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites (DRMMC) through liquid route and the study of their tribological properties. 
The tribo pair selected for the system is commercially available brake pad. Experiments were planned based on Central Composite Design for Surface Response Method. The wear rate and coefficient of friction were analyzed using ANOVA techniques. 
The objective of the project was to estimate the effects and interactions of the tribological parameters like Load, Temperature and Sliding Velocity. Different characterization studies like OM, SEM, EDX, etc. were used for characterizing the materials before and after the tests.

High Temperature Wear Studies on C/C Composites and Development of Coating Towards Better Wear Resistance

High temperature wear properties of C/C composites were studied through tests conducted on a High Temperature Wear Test Bed. 
A composite of Fe-Cu was used as the friction material for the tests. A coating of SiC was developed on the surface of the C/C composite by using heat provided by SHS reaction between Ti and C. Characterization studies like OM, SEM, EDX, etc. were done before and after the wear tests. 

Publications

JOURNAL PAPERS

  1. Arun C A,Sreekumar P C, “Modelling and performance evaluation of a parabolic trough solar collector desalination system”, PMME 2016, ,PACE Institute of technology and science, Ongole, Andra Pradesh. 29-30th July 2016.
  2. R Ananthapadmanabhan, S Arun Babu, K R Hareendranath, C Krishnamohan, S Krishnapillai, Krishnan A, “Investigation on multiple algorithms for multi-objective optimisation of gear box” International conference on advances in materials and manufacturing applications 14th - 16th July 2016.
  3. Anjai Krishnan, Ganesha Udupa and Pramod Sreedharan, Design and Simulation of Lunar Soft Lander, International Journal of control theory and applications. Vol.9, Issue,13, pp 5835-5843, 2016.
  4. Aditya K., Joshua D. Freeman and Ganeshaudupa., An Intelligent Plant EMG Sensor System for Prediction of Environmental Hazards, International journal of science Environment and Technology, 2013.
  5. Aditya K., Ganesha Udupa and Yongkwun Lee, Development of Bio-Machine based on the Plant Response to External Stimuli, Journal of Robotics, vol. 2011, ID 124314, 7 pages, 2011.
  6. R. Ajith Kumar, Chang Hyun Sohn, Influence of Corner Radius on the Near‐Wake Structure of a Transversely Oscillating Square Cylinder, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Volume No. 23(9), Page No. 2390‐2416, 2009.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

  1. K. N. Surendran, Shanmugam Murugappan, Vijayan, Ramesh Babu and Ganesha Udupa, Investigation on form error evaluation by an electronic height gauge, Proceedings of the 7th International conference on Precision, Meso, Micro and Nano Engineering, Pune, Dec 10-11, 2011.
  2. Aditya K. Ganesha Udupa, and YongKwun Lee, Development of Bio-Machine based on the Plant Response to External Stimuli, Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE international conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, pp 1218-1223, December 7-11, 2011, Phuket, Thailand.
  3. C. P. Sankar Menon, Pramod Sreedharan and Ganesha Udupa, Design and Analysis of Multi-fingered Dexterous Hand Based on an Innovative Asymmetric Flexible Pneumatic Actuator, Proceedings of the 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SIMULATION MODELING AND ANALYSIS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, 14-16 Dec 2011,Coimbatore, India.
  4. Sai Dinesh P., Aditya K., Roshin R., Pramod Sreedharan, Ganesha Udupa, Innovative micro-walking robot using flexible microactuator, 28th International symposium on Automation and Robotics construction (ISARC), Seoul, Korea, June 30-July 1, 2011.
  5. Aditya K., Ganesha Udupa, Joshua Freeman and Maneesha V Ramesh, Intelligent Plant Information System: Wireless Electromyograph for Pre-detection of Environmental Hazards, paper ID 306, International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief (ACWR), 6 pages, Dec 18-21, 2011, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, India. [Received best paper(poster) Award].

Sanketika, is a quarterly technical magazine, that is published by students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Amritapuri. Articles are written by students and faculty members in the fields of science and technology. In addition, there is a brief recap of recent world events.

Placement tips find a prominent place in the magazine also. The ultimate aim is to broaden the spectrum of student knowledge and help them prepare better for their careers.

Sanketika was launched on April 20, 2007. The first copy was handed over by Swami Poornamritananda Puri to renowned Film Director, Sri Kamal. In spite of hectic student schedules, the magazine has mostly printed on time, each time. As senior students graduate, juniors take their place on the editorial team to keep the magazine going.

Faculty Development Programs Conducted:

  1. A faculty development program on Numerical simulation of Multiphase flows, on 2013.
  2. A faculty development program on Particle Imaging Velocimetry, on 2013.
  3. A faculty development program on Algor Multi Physics Finite Element Simulation Software, during March 8 - March 9, 2011.
  4. A faculty development program on Solid Works Training, during August 30- August 31, 2010.

Students Activities in Mechanical Engineering

LAKSHYA, Sanskrit for goal, is the student association for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. It was inaugurated on September 1, 2005, after students sought Chancellor Amma's permission and blessings.

The Association seeks to provide students members with a strong foundation on which they can build successful careers in engineering and allied fields. Students are taught to not only seek excellence in their areas of interest, but also be willing to extend selfless assistance to society.

The Association has been a forum for students to successfully group together in order to discuss, debate and share dialogue, enabling them to create knowledge, technologies and ideas. It has motivated, inspired and encouraged students to put forth their best efforts. 

Students members have participated in technical fests around the country, winning top honors for their alma mater. At the tech fest "Shaastra 2009" conducted at IIT Madras, students of mechanical engineering, Praveen R. and Aditya, won the 3rd prize in "Industry Defined Problem Solving." 

At "Tathva 2009' conducted by NIT Calicut, 3rd year students Arun Prabakar, Arun Sudakar, Sreedu Krishnan, won the first prize in "Techno-Management". Their peers, Shyam Sekhar, Sambasivan A. P. and Anoop A. Pillai, won the second prize in "Steam Boat Challenge". 

The Association has an executive council that takes decisions on important matters. It is guided by a fixed set of rules and regulations that assists in its smooth functioning. Contacts are established and maintained with students of mechanical engineering at other colleges. 

The Association ultimately plans to implement projects that will aim to improve societal living conditions.

Students Achievements

  • Aditya K. Of 2007-2011 batch secured 4 months internship at Korea Institute of Science & Technology during May – August, 2011.
  • Amrita’s Chakshuyaan, (vehicle‐with‐eyes), was adjudged the best project at TechTop 2009, a national contest for engineering students organized in Thiruvanthapuram. Over 200 teams participated from all over India, in August 2009. Amrita’s team (Shreyas Narsipur ‐Mech, Shibesh Dutta‐ECE, Vandana Vikram‐ECE, Raghu Menon‐EEE, Apoorv Singhal‐ BBM and Sashi Sekhar‐BBM) from the Amritapuri Campus won the top prize. The team carried home a cash award of Rs/. 1 lakh.
  • Jeetu S. Babu, alumnus from Amritapuri Campus was selected for the 2008 Pumps India - Kirloskar Gold Medal award from among thousands of engineering graduates in the country.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides state-of-the-art laboratories including Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, Metallurgy, Materials Testing, Machine Dynamics, Metrology and CAD/CAM. Several of these are detailed below...


Mechanical Workshop

A shared workshop for the first and second semester students in all engineering courses, it enables learn about basic mechanical operations including fitting, carpentry, foundry and smithy. Training in these basic trades helps foster creative skills for these future engineers.


Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

This laboratory provides students practical knowledge in the fundamental principles of Fluid Mechanics. Students conduct studies on various pipe fittings, valves, gauges, water meter/current meter. They study the stability of floating bodies, pipe flow and applications of Bernoulli's Theorem. As a result, they are able to verify for themselves the principles of fluid flow.


Fluid Machinery Laboratory

In this lab, students gain an understanding of the functioning of various hydraulic machines such as turbines and pumps. Cut-section models help students learn about internal features of these machines.


Thermal Engineering Laboratory

Transportation today is essential to all mankind, and occupying a very important position in the field of transport development is the internal combustion machine.
In this lab, nearly all types of modern two-stroke and four-stroke engines are available for students to gain practical knowledge in the characteristics and functioning of different engines. Cut sections of various engines help students understand engine features better. A mini-power plant consisting of steam boiler, turbine and shell and tube condenser is also in the laboratory.


Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory

Machine tools are power-driven tools used by mechanical engineers to impart the desired size and shape to work pieces; the desired accuracy is achieved by removing excess metal in the form of chips. 

In this lab, students perform different operations on the lathe such as taper turning, thread cutting and grooving. They also cut different types of gears on the milling machine that is provided with an indexing mechanism.


Heat & Mass Transfer Laboratory

For engineering students and practicing engineers and technicians, heat transfer is a subject of wide interest. It involves the design, construction, testing and operation of the many forms of heat exchange equipment required in scientific and industrial technology. Our HMT lab is well-equipped with all the required experimental setups.


Advanced Metrology Laboratory

Metrology is described as the science of measurement and the science of accuracy and precision and its application to the control of manufacturing processes or to produce quality products. If we cannot measure and trace at macro or micro scale, we cannot produce parts at macro or micro-scale. Lack of metrology knowledge would hinder successful conversion of micro or nanotechnology into real products. The demands of industrial surface metrology consist of both economic and scientific aspects. The products are to be produced at a faster rate, cheaply and easily and also should be reliable, comparable and reproducible.

The air conditioned laboratory with instruction room is equipped with advanced dimensional and form measuring equipments such CNC Co-ordinated Measuring Machine, Advanced Vision Inspection System and Electronic Height Gauge and Surface Roughness Tester apart from many other calibrated equipments for students to learn dimensional and form measurement various types of objects range from engine block to watch parts or micro needles to a resolution of 10 nm and an accuracy of better than one micrometer. The students also learn the process of calibration of measuring instruments, reverse engineering and Statistical Quality Control methods using various instruments available in the laboratory. The lab also provides facility for research & consultancy for staff and students of various campuses.

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Asst. Professor, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
Asst. Professor, Mechanical, School of Engineering, Amritapuri
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