The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering department, organized online program titled "Effective Utilization of Masader for Engineering Department Courses” on Thursday, 21st, April 2022 at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. The program session addressed by Dr. Prasanna Venkatesh, Lecturer, (Mechanical Engineering).
In his presentation, he explained about What is Masader? What it contains? Who is Masader for? How Masader is evolved? How to access Masader? etc. He also explained How to browse about certain topics in Masader. Also about the various filters available within the Masader website etc.
The session was very interactive, many faculties from different department were participated in the discussions. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective. Totally 32 staffs were participated.
The Research and Consultancy Committee of engineering department organized a research presentation on “Need and Importance of Research in Engineering” on 26th May 2022 at 11 am. Dr V. Ilankumaran, Head of Section, Engineering department, delivered his speech. He stared his speech by giving clear differences between science, engineering and technology and then he encouraged the participants to give some examples related to that fields. He shared his rich knowledge and experience in various fields of research in engineering sector. Then, he briefed about innovation and intellectual property rights. Also, he iterated about the importance of finding problem in the particular field and finding the solutions in a feasible way. He concluded the session by elaborating the various recent inventions with selected examples. The presentation was well received by the staff members with very good interaction. Around 30 staff members were participated in this event.
The Staff Development Committee in association with the Health & Safety committee of the Engineering department, UTAS-Ibri was organized an online program titled "Health and Safety Awareness for A Safe and Healthy Working Environment" on Thursday, 19th May 2022 at 10:00am to 11.00am. The program session was addressed by Dr. Rakesh Yella. M.B.B.S., General practitioner, Aster Hospital, Ibri, and Mr. Naarisetti Srinivasa Rao, Lecturer, UTAS-Ibri.
The first part of the program about health and it was addressed by Dr.Rakesh Yella. M.B.B.S., in his presentation, he explained about avoidance of junk food, balanced diet, frequency of drinking water, tips for good sleep, Benefits of Exercise etc. Also he explained about how to handle the work pressure and tips to reduce the stress in work place.
He elaborated 5 tips to help your mental health like:
- Deepen your breath
- Remember the small small thing that brings you joy
- Do what you can & enjoy it
- Explore new things
- Take a few moment to relax before going bed.
Finally he advised to take regular heath diagnosis our complete body, health working environment.
The second part of the program about safety and it was addressed by Mr. Naarisetti Srinivasa Rao , he explained about safety at work place for the employer and employee, hazards and risk, what is risk assessment, safety of display screen equipment’s, what are the practical measures available to protect our self from hazards etc.
The session was very interactive; many faculties from different department were participated in the discussions. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective for their healthy working environment. Totally 37 staffs were participated.
The Research and Consultancy Committee of engineering department organized a training programme “Demonstration of the Aerodynamic and Electronic Component Cooling Design in a Subsonic Wind Tunnel” on 7th April 2022 at 12 Noon. Dr Arthur Davis Nicholas, Lecturer, Engineering department, organized this program and demonstrated the working nature of “Subsonic wind tunnel” which was erected in the welding workshop. This training session is a part of the research outcome of a TRC funded RG project “Optimization of Wind Turbine Blade Nomenclatures Using a Subsonic Wind Tunnel Facility”. The session was well received by the staff members with very good interaction. Around 23 staff members were participated in this event.
Here, you can find the brief of the wind tunnel facility that is functioning in the welding workshop.
Despite advances in computational aerodynamics, wind tunnels are and will continue to be a cornerstone in the design process for a wide range of Aerodynamics applications. This mostly stems from the difficulties of accurately and efficiently predicting turbulent flow fields computationally. To expand in-house aerodynamics capabilities, a general-purpose low-speed wind tunnel was designed and built in Welding Lab, Engineering Department, University of Technology and Applied Sciences. This wind tunnel is designed to reach test section speeds of up to around 80 m/s. To aid in the initial design, semi-empirical formulas are used to estimate aerodynamic efficiencies and the required fan-blower power as a function of various design choices. Tunnel geometry is selected to optimize test section air flow quality, test section size, and diffuser angle (to avoid boundary layer separation), while the overall tunnel size is constrained to fit in the allotted laboratory space. The proposed closed-circuit wind tunnel is vertically oriented to reduce footprint, and is 6.56 m long, includes a convergent, test section, divergent and honey comb structure. Convergent is designed at 2.1 X 2.1 m inlet cross-section with honey comb structure built for a 0.3 m depth. Test section is built at 0.5 X 0.5 m cross-section and 1 m length. It is followed by a divergent, with exit section of 1.7 X 1.7 m cross-section. Air flow is induced by a 7.5 hp 3 PH, 360 rpm, and squirrel cage induction motor driven exhaust fan of 1.6 m diameter. An MS 300 Delta VFD is set to regulate the rpm of the exhaust fan. A set of probe type velocity sensors, probe type temperature sensors and static pressure sensors are added to the test section facility to organize the flow inside the test section. A MSHRIY 8 channel data logger is connected to the sensors to read the flow conditions. Testing of Aerofoils for aircraft wing and wind Turbine Blades along with Vehicle Aerodynamics and Heat Sink testing can be performed in this wind tunnel facility. Currently, a batch of bachelor students are carrying out experimental analysis of NACA 4412 is tested for its characteristics.
The Staff development Committee of Engineering Department organized a webinar program on “Bio Fuel Combustion in CI Engines” on 14th April 2022 from 11.00 A M to 12.00 PM. The program was delivered by external speaker Dr. G. Kasiraman, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, SRM University, Chennai, India. He started his presentation with an overview to biofuel combustion and introduce the concept of fuel injection and heat release rate in combustion. Followed by he explained the different properties of biofuel and the related heat release rate. The application of biofuel in the automobile were also explained in the presentation. He compared the different types of biofuel parameters such as combustion duration, ignition delay, sample pressure and crank angle. Both internal and external staff members were benefitted with the presentation, it was very useful and effective.
The Staff Development Committee of the Engineering department, organized online program titled "Research trends, challenges, future prospects of LEO satellite communications” on Thursday, 7th, April 2022 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The program session addressed by Mr. Antony Judice.AV, Lecturer, (Electronics and communication Engineering).
In his presentation, he explained about Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites, Challenges of LEO Satellites and LEO Constellation with examples and explained about starlink, Starlink has a significant advantage over fiber in its widespread availability. Starlink plans to be available worldwide by the end of 2022. Users can expect download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s and latency as low as 20ms in most locations. Both 5G and Starlink are different but equally competitive and complementary technologies. He given some satellite phone company service provider details like Inmarsat, iridium, thuraya and globalstar etc,
He elaborated Inter-Satellite Links (ISL), OWC (Optical Wireless Communication) OWC Simulated Results; satellite Software’s and Upcoming Missions etc.
The session was very interactive; many faculties from different department were participated in the discussions. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective. Totally 16 staffs were participated.
The Research and Consultancy Committee of Engineering department organized a webinar “Evolution of design process” on 3rd April 2022 at 12 Noon. Mr. Stephen Santhosh Kumar Anthony Doss, Engineer/ Electrical system and equipment installation design office, Air Bus Operations, Germany, delivered the presentation through MS Teams. The presenter shared his rich knowledge in design process with our faculty members with much enthusiasm. He started his presentation by stating the major differences between classical process and system engineering process. Then, he briefly elaborated the structure of the system engineering process. Then, he concluded the session by addressing the issues and features in the system engineering process. The presentation was well received by the staff members with very good interaction. Around 30 staff members were participated in this event.
The Staff development Committee of the Engineering Department organized an Hands on training workshop on “ Coupled Field Analysis using ANSYS Workbench” on 31st March 2022 from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm. Dr. Sivananth Varatharajan, Lecturer (Engineering Department), has delivered the presentation for the benefit of the staff members. He gave general introduction about Coupled field analysis and its application to solve real time problems. Automobile Piston model was considered as an example in the presentation to explain the coupled field analysis simulation. The participants were trained to understand modeling using Design Modeler and the import options from other CAD modeling software. All the participants practiced the simulation for Piston CAD model and checked their simulation. The presenter also explained about assigning material properties, meshing and boundary conditions to perform the simulation. The speaker finally concluded the presentation by simulating transient analysis of welding process to highlight the software accuracy. The staff members felt that the presentation was very much useful and effective.
A one-day Lecture-Seminar, organized by the Engineering Society, was conducted by Mr. Chandrashekar M.C., Electrical and Electronics Section Technician, Engineering Department, UTAS-Ibri.
The seminar was particularly offered to Engineering Staff and Students. It was conducted on 27th of March 2022, from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm at the Switchgear and Protection Laboratory (B017).
The Topic “Electrical Hazards and Protective Devices that Prevents Electrical Risk “ is deemed multi-disciplinary in scope and covered the following topics:
- Electrical Risks
- Reasons for Electrical Risks
- Electrical Protective Devices
- Miniature Circuit Breaker s
- Moulded Case Circuit Breakers (MCCB)
- Motor Protection Circuit Breakers (MPCB)
- Residual Current Devices (RCD)
- Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Overload (RCBO)
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
- Surge Protection Devices (SPDs)
- Self Closing Outlet Covers
- Safety Plastic Caps
- Smoke Detector and Alarms
- Electricity Safety Precautions
The session was very much interactive; many of the students who attended from various Engineering disciplines participated. The students felt that the presentation was very useful and effective. Totally, 40 students and 1 staff attended.
Thirteen (13) students along with their teachers, Mr. R. Devasenathipathy and Mr. Mohammed Khalfan Saif Al-Sudairi, staff of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Engineering Department, visited Oman Fiber Optic Company in Rusayl, Muscat on February 28, 2022.
Students got first-hand knowledge on what they study in the course Telecommunication-2, Telecommunication Networks, and Cable and Fiber. The students gained practical knowledge on various types of Optical Fiber Cables, manufacturing, bandwidth, and how does multimode optical fiber cable differ from the single-mode.
The Department and Staff, along with students, extends their gratitude to Oman Fiber Optic Staff for allowing them to visit and for the support they gave to make the visit a success by engaging the UTAS-Ibri students in their knowledge.