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  • Pioneering the Future: Ultrafine MgAl2O4 Particle-Stabilised Mg-3Ca Alloy Foams February 28, 2024

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    The Department of Mechanical Engineering is thrilled to announce a significant breakthrough in materials science has been achieved through the diligent research efforts of Prof. G S Vinod Kumar, Professor and Head of the Department and his Ph.D. scholar, Mr Dipak Bhosale in their latest paper, “Production, stability and properties of ultrafine MgAl2O4 (Spinel) particles stabilized Mg-3Ca alloy foams”. The study focuses on the development and detailed analysis of Mg–3Ca alloy foams, uniquely enhanced by ultrafine MgAl2O4 (spinel) particles. This innovative research outlines a novel methodology for improving the mechanical properties of magnesium foams, providing unparalleled advantages for a multitude of industrial applications.

    Abstract

    The present work reports the synthesis and mechanical behaviour studies of Mg–3Ca alloy foams stabilized by ultrafine MgAl 2 O 4 (spinel) particles. The MgAl 2 O 4 particles were created in-situ in the Mg–3Ca alloy melt through the reaction of Mg, Al and O. Foaming was done by adding dolomite (CaMg(CO 3 ) 2 ) as a blowing agent in the melt. The foaming behaviour was studied for different MgAl 2 O 4 content in Mg–3Ca and holding times (10 and 15 min). The study reveals that the presence of MgAl 2 O 4 significantly influences the foaming behaviour of Mg–3Ca alloy resulting in equiaxed cell structure, uniform cell size distribution, and higher expansion in comparison to the Mg–3Ca alloy foam, which contains only MgO and CaO. An in-depth phase and microstructural analysis were performed to investigate the particles present in the gas-solid interface of the foam that contribute to foam stabilization. The quasi-static compression studies of foams exhibited better compressive strength (≈3–11 MPa) and energy absorption capacity (≈1.3–5.7 MJ/m3) in comparison to the Mg foams reported in the literature. The ductility of the Mg foams was also measured and compared with that of existing aluminium foams.

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    Research Highlights:-

    • Innovative Synthesis: The MgAl2O4 particles are synthesized in situ within the Mg–3Ca alloy melt via a controlled reaction involving Mg, Al, and O. This process ensures the uniform dispersion of spinel particles, which is critical for the foam’s structural integrity and performance.
    • Foaming Process: By employing dolomite (CaMg(CO3)2) as a blowing agent, the research team meticulously explored the foaming behaviour under various MgAl2O4 contents and holding times (10 and 15 min). The findings highlight a marked improvement in foam expansion and stability.
    • Structural and Mechanical Analysis: Through comprehensive phase and microstructural analyses, the pivotal role of MgAl2O4 particles at the gas-solid interface in stabilizing the foam structure was uncovered. Quasi-static compression tests revealed outstanding compressive strength (≈3–11 MPa) and energy absorption capacity (≈1.3–5.7 MJ/m3), surpassing existing benchmarks for magnesium foams.

    Key Properties and Applications:-

    • Low Density & High Strength-to-Weight Ratio: The Mg–3Ca alloy foams showcase an optimal balance of low density and high mechanical strength, rendering them ideal for lightweight structural applications.
    • Enhanced Energy Absorption: Their unique cellular structure provides superior energy absorption capabilities, suitable for impact and crash-resistant applications.
    • Biocompatibility: Owing to magnesium’s biocompatibility, these foams are highly promising for biomedical applications, including bone implants and scaffolds for tissue engineering.
    • Thermal Conductivity & Corrosion Resistance: Additionally, these foams exhibit advantageous thermal and corrosion-resistant properties, broadening their applicability across various environmental conditions.

    Transformative Impact Across Industries:-

    • Aerospace and Automotive: The significant weight reduction capabilities, coupled with uncompromised strength, position the Mg–3Ca alloy foams as revolutionary materials for component design in the aerospace and automotive sectors.
    • Biomedical: Their biocompatible nature and structural characteristics make these foams an excellent option for medical implants and scaffolds, poised to improve patient outcomes in orthopaedics and tissue engineering significantly.
    • Energy and Beyond: From thermal management solutions in renewable energy systems to applications in sports equipment, the potential uses for these magnesium foams are extensive and diverse, heralding a new chapter in material science.

    This groundbreaking research not only advances the field of magnesium foam technology but also paves the way for new possibilities in lightweight, high-performance materials across various industries. The team is dedicated to further exploring the capabilities of these innovative materials and eagerly anticipates partnering with industry stakeholders to transition these advancements from the laboratory to commercial applications.

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  • SRM AP and TITAN COMPANY LIMITED Jointly Filed an Industrial Patent February 28, 2024

    PATENT FILED WITH TITANSRM University-AP and TITAN COMPANY LIMITED, a leading jewellery brand in India, have collaborated to engineer novel jewellery products using advanced materials and technologies. The joint research project, led by HOD Prof. G S Vinod Kumar and Ph.D. Scholar Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has resulted in a new method of manufacturing foamed gold alloy that is lighter, stronger, and more durable than conventional gold jewellery.

    A joint patent between SRM University-AP and TITAN COMPANY LIMITED has been filed for this innovative method of manufacturing foamed gold alloys. The jewellery products made from this material are currently available in TITAN showrooms under the brand name TANISHQ. The customers can enjoy the benefits of wearing lightweight and high-strength jewellery, which also has a high aesthetic appeal and value.

    The collaboration between SRM University-AP and TITAN COMPANY LIMITED exemplifies how academia and industry can work together to create novel and useful products for society. The joint research project also provides an opportunity for the students and faculty of SRM University-AP to gain exposure and experience in the field of jewellery engineering and design and to contribute to advancing science and technology.

    Abstract

    The current innovation introduces a method for producing foamed gold alloy utilising a liquid metallurgical approach. Gas-releasing agents such as hydrides and carbonates are employed in the manufacturing process. Both 18K and 22K alloys are subjected to foaming in this invention. The resulting foams are stabilised by oxides generated in-situ as well as oxides added externally. These foamed gold alloys exhibit ultra-lower density. The foaming process is successfully executed using both interrupted and uninterrupted methods. These foamed gold alloys find applications in various fields including Jewellery and medical implants.

    The title of patent in the citation format

    “G. S. Vinod Kumar, Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale. A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A FOAMED GOLD ALLOY. Indian Patent application number 202341059195 filed Sep 04, 2023”

    Patent Application number

    202341059195

    Inventors

    1. G. S. Vinod Kumar 2. Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale

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  • Innovating the Future: Patent Granted to Prof. Vinod Kumar and Dipak Bhosale February 28, 2024

    In the era of scientific advancement, Prof. G S Vinod Kumar, HoD and his Research Scholar, Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at SRM University-AP, shine as a beacon of inspiration. The teacher-student duo were granted a patent for their research titled “Closed Cell Magnesium Alloy Foams Stabilized by Fly Ash Particles and A Method for Preparation for the Same.” This patent stands as a testament to their relentless pursuit and unwavering commitment to science.

    Kudos to Prof. G S Vinod Kumar and Mr Dipak Nandkumar Bhosale for their exemplary dedication and foresight. Here’s an abstract of their patent-winning research.

    Abstract:

    A magnesium metal foam product enhanced with fly ash particles demonstrates versatility across multiple applications, including space, automotive, civil engineering, and marine uses. The stability of this magnesium alloy foam is attributed to the incorporation of fly ash particles, particularly alumina silicate (Al2SiO5) cenospheres. These cenospheres, hollow spheres derived from fly ash, serve as effective stabilisers for the magnesium alloy foam. The preparation involves reinforcing magnesium foamable precursors with fly ash particles, facilitating optimal foaming. The presence of fly ash particles ensures the stability of the liquid foam until solidification, resulting in a foam with a superior pore structure. With a contact angle ranging between 70° to 90°, the particles exhibit prolonged interaction with the liquid metal without agglomeration, dissolution, or reaction. This characteristic contributes to the attainment of desirable qualities essential for diverse applications.

    Practical Application:

    1. Aerospace: Magnesium foams can be used in lightweight structural components, thermal insulation, and vibration-damping systems in aerospace applications.

    2. Automotive: In the automotive industry, magnesium foams find applications in lightweight body panels, crash absorbers, and acoustic insulation.

    3. Biomedical: Due to their biocompatibility, magnesium foams are utilised in medical implants, such as bone fixation plates, and as scaffolds for tissue engineering.

    4. Energy: These foams can be employed in thermal management systems, heat exchangers, and as structural components in renewable energy systems.

    5. Sports and Leisure: Magnesium foams can be used in sports equipment such as helmets, pads, and protective gear due to their lightweight and impact-absorbing properties.

    Patent Grant Number: 50830

     

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  • Ms Bijeta Mishra February 26, 2024
  • Journey Through Time: Discovering BA History Course Details February 26, 2024

    Unearthing Histories: Explore BA History Course Details

    History is the majestic tapestry upon which humanity paints its legacy. It’s a canvas woven with tales of triumphs, conflicts, and the evolution of societies. Studying history isn’t merely peering into the past; it’s an odyssey through the corridors of time, a journey that unveils the secrets of civilisations and the threads that connect the present to the bygone eras. It’s the cornerstone of understanding our world’s complexities. It is a multidimensional exploration that dissects the past through diverse lenses.

    A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History is an undergraduate degree programme focusing on the study of the past, exploring events, societies, cultures, and their evolution over time. Typically, it involves coursework covering various periods, regions, and themes in history. This course is a gateway to unravelling the mysteries of culture, power, and human behaviour, illuminating pathways to comprehend the present and shape the future. Also, it provides a foundation for various career paths, as mentioned earlier, by cultivating transferable skills highly valued in multiple sectors.

    Moreover, movie houses have a high demand for history experts who can conduct research on costumes, jewellery, and movie sets. Collaborating closely with directors and cinematographers, these experts may also pursue roles as research analysts in production houses. Let’s dive into BA History course details.

    BA History Course Details

    BA History Eligbility:

    The typical eligibility requirements for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History include:

    • Completion of 10+2 or an equivalent from a recognized board like CBSE or ICSE
    • Attainment of at least 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination
    • Acceptance of students from any academic stream into the BA History program
    • Some universities might stipulate prior study of History at the 10+2 level.

    Preference is often given to candidates from a Humanities background. Individual institutes may have unique eligibility criteria. For instance, DU Admissions mandates that applicants have passed Mathematics at the qualifying level.

    BA History Duration:

    The BA History programme spans three years and delves into the evolution of human civilization across ancient to modern eras. Exploring diverse cultures, it scrutinizes both the accomplishments and shortcomings, unravelling the tapestry of achievements and setbacks throughout history.

    Jobs After BA History

    A BA in History can open doors to various career paths due to the skills it develops, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, and communication. Some career options include:

    • Museum Curator/Archivist
    • Historical Researcher
    • Education
    • Journalism/Writing
    • Government & Public Service
    • Librarian
    • Heritage Manager
    • Consultancy/Analysis

    Many careers might require further education, specialized training, or internships. Consider supplementing your BA with internships, certifications, or even pursuing higher education like a Master’s or Ph.D. in History or related fields to enhance your prospects in certain career paths.

    BA (Hons) in History at SRM University-AP – Nurturing Legacy Explorers

    The School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at SRM AP presents a BA (Hons.) in History, aiming to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of global and Indian history. The programme challenges the conventional view of history as a mere chronicle of dates and personalities.

    Emphasizing diverse perspectives on historical events encourages critical thinking and analysis. Through intensive reading and tutorial sessions, students engage deeply with historical texts, fostering a nuanced understanding. Evaluation at SRM University-AP emphasizes presentations, ensuring a dynamic and insightful exploration of the multifaceted nature of history.

    BA History Subjects List at SRM University-AP

    Semester 1:

    • Art of Listening, Speaking, and Reading Skills
    • Environmental Science
    • Digital Literacy
    • Understanding Indian Society(ies): Myths and Realities
    • Understanding the Indian Constitution
    • Understanding Human Minds
    • Emerging Technologies

    Semester-2:
    • Effective Writing and Presentation Skills
    • Universal Human Values and Ethics
    • Analytical Reasoning and Aptitude
    • Economics in Everyday Life
    • Data Analytics for Social Sciences
    • Human Civilizations

    Semester-3:
    • Creative and Critical Thinking Skills
    • Co-Curricular Activities
    • Community Service and
    • Social Responsibility
    • Entrepreneurial Mindset
    • Middle Ages in Europe
    • European Social Formations

    Semester-4:
    • Leadership and Teamwork
    • Community Service and Social Responsibility
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Early Medieval India
    • Medieval India (1200-1500)
    • History of Central Islamic Lands
    • Age of Revolutions and National Liberation

    Semester-5:
    • Community Service and Social Responsibility
    • Career Skills- I
    • Medieval India – II
    • Introduction to Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean
    • Economic History of Modern India (1757-1947)

    Semester-6:
    • Community Service and Social Responsibility
    • Entangled Histories
    • Understanding Caste
    • Society, Politics, and Economy: India After Independence
    • Introduction to Colonial Africa

    Semester 7 & 8:
    • Seminars and Dissertation

    Wrapping Things Up

    Take up an illuminating journey through the annals of time with SRM University-AP’s BA (Hons) History programme. The multidimensional curriculum doesn’t just decode the past; it fosters critical thinking and analysis. Join the university to explore diverse perspectives and unveil the rich tapestry of history. Embrace a future shaped by a nuanced understanding of civilizations. Start your transformative journey by applying today.

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