Recent Events

  • Nano sensors and Flexible energy devices March 30, 2022

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    The Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting a Distinguished Departmental Faculty Seminar Series to encourage discussions on diverse aspects of the subject. Experts from various fields are invited to divulge their views and help students broaden their perspectives. The talk ‘Nano sensors, Flexible energy devices and IOT’ organised as part of the series will be held on March 30, 2022 at 3.00 pm IST. Prof Mangilal Agarwal, Director of Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI)-IUPUI is the distinguished speaker of the event. The talk will focus on Identification of volatile organic compound biomarkers in breath, development of integrated nanosensor systems and electrospinning epoxy/carbon nanotubes on carbon reinforced polymers for structural applications.

    Speaker’s Profile

    Prof Mangilal Agarwal is a full-time professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He has an overarching vision to become an innovative leader in high-quality research and serve industry and government agencies in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond.

    Prof Agarwal has an array of interdisciplinary research projects at IUPUI involving big data, data analytics, machine learning, analytical chemistry, and mechanical engineering. Specifically, his research consists of canine-inspired chemometric analysis of volatile organic compound (VOC) biomarkers, developing integrated nanosensor arrays that detect VOC biomarkers sensitively or selectively, and enhancing carbon reinforced materials through electrospinning epoxy/carbon nanotube composite nanofibers.

    Over the years Prof Agarwal’s research has been well received and funded through numerous grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD) and the industry.

    Prof Agarwal has previously served as the Associate Director for Research and Development for the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellors for research and is currently the Director of Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI) at IUPUI, which strives to advance nanotechnology research, education, and outreach.

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  • Digital Twins : By Professor Perumal Nithiarasu February 25, 2022

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering is bringing forth the next edition of Mechanical Department Distinguished Lecture with Professor Perumal Nithiarasu,Associate Dean – Research, Innovation, and Impact (RII), Professor at Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea University, UK, and Adjunct Professor, IIT Madras, India.

    Date: February 26, 2022 (Saturday)

    Time: 4.00 pm IST

    About the Speaker:

    Perumal Nithiarasu is the Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Previously he served as Director of Research in the College of Engineering, Swansea University (2018-2021). He was also a Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and held the position of Dean Academic Leadership (Research Impact) at Swansea University between 2015 and 2021.

    Dr Perumal Nithiarasu served as the Head of Zienkewicz Centre for Computational Engineering for 5 years (2013-2018). He has also served in several SU committees including HR Research Working Group as a chair leading the HR excellence award submission and REF14 impact and appeal committees as a member. He has proposed and implemented a public lecture named after the father of the finite element method, Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz.

    A Mechanical Engineer by training, Dr Perumal Nithiarasu has extensive experience in teaching various disciplines. His research areas of interest include computational fluid dynamics/biomedical engineering and recently AI. He has been working in these areas for more than 25 years and has published a large number of articles and books (h-index, 40 – google scholar).

    Well known internationally for his work, Dr Perumal Nithiarasu was awarded the Zienkiewicz silver medal of ICE London in 2002, the ECCOMAS Young Investigator Award in 2004 and the prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 2006. The group led by Dr Nithiarasu currently consists of 10 academic staff, more than 20 post-docs and research students.

    Dr Perumal Nithiarasu currently co-chairs 2 international conferences, including the well-known Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering series (CMBE series, founded by him. He is also the founding editor in chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Dr Perumal Nithiarasu was elected to the fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2018.

    Abstract of the Talk:

    Building digital twins (DTs) of engineering systems and processes is a real challenge. While the potential offered by DTs in designing, monitoring and decision making is hugely appreciated by researchers, building a comprehensive DT requires a strongly multidisciplinary approach. This lecture will discuss the definitions, classifications, and challenges of constructing a DT. The talk will try to define DTs suitable for engineering applications. The discussion will also focus on the availability or lack of tools for building DTs. In addition, the talk will also cover various topics such as data, AI, and physics-based models. Finally, the lecture will use some energy and healthcare examples to provide context to the DTs.

    Join our illustrious guest for the Distinguished Lecture brought forth by the Department of Mechanical Engineering on February 26, 2022 at 4.00 pm IST.

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  • Light-weighting through composite materials & design concepts September 15, 2021

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at SRM University – AP organises the third episode of the Distinguished Lecture Series on the topic “Light-weighting through Composite Materials & Design Concepts”. Dr K. Sriram, Principal Scientist, GE Global Research Centre will engage the online session on September 18, 2021, Saturday, at 4:00 pm.

    Light weighting of engineering products is traditionally performed to improve performance with the same or higher cost. The concept of light-weighting is changing the paradigm of many industries now with a big focus on affordability and sustainability along with improved performance/value. The future of light-weighting is tending towards solving the problem with systems and life cycle thinking by combining bio-inspired structures with multi-functional materials manufactured through the additive process that enable value, affordability and sustainability.

    About the Speaker:
    Sriram K is a Principal Scientist in Structural Materials organization located at GE Global Research Center in Bangalore, India. In this role, Sriram provides technical leadership in developing Composite materials for GE products by working closely with design, manufacturing, inspection and testing teams across businesses. Sriram joined GE in 2006, starting in GE Plastics as a researcher. In GE Plastics, he worked on product development for automotive and electronic applications. He successfully developed and commercialized HMD Cycoloy for BMW fenders and Bio-Lexan for mobile phone and laptop cases. Sriram moved to GRC in 2010 as part of the Manufacturing & Materials Organization as a composites researcher. His key contributions include GE9X Fan Blade with carbon-glass compliant trailing edge, High-temperature cracks growth behaviour in CMC’s for LEAP and GE9X, low-cost material selection for wind blade skin structures and All-Composite operator cab design, materials development and manufacturing for GLW locomotives market. His areas of expertise include composite materials & manufacturing, materials behaviour and deriving allowable. Sriram has a PhD in “Manufacturing and Durability of Composite materials” from Cranfield University, UK and a master’s from the University of Sheffield, UK.

    Join this engaging webinar on September 18, 2021, Saturday, at 4:00 pm to know more about the light-weighting of engineering products through affordable and sustainable bio-inspired structures.

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  • Additive Manufacturing: Fundamentals, Processes, and Applications August 17, 2021

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at SRM University – AP organises a webinar titled “Additive Manufacturing: Fundamentals, Processes, and Applications” on Aug 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm. The lecture by Prof P. M. Pandey, Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi aims to educate the audience on how additive manufacturing (AM) will transform manufacturing in the future.

    Additive manufacturing (AM) technology has been recognized as an emerging technology for the direct fabrication of physical objects from the developed computer-aided design (CAD) models. AM techniques make real physical objects by adding materials in a layer-by-layer fashion rather than removing the material. The layered manufacturing abilities of AM technologies offer the building of parts with geometric and material complexities. Numerous AM techniques are simple and flexible that allow easy production of complex and customized objects. Through intensive research over the past two decades, significant progress has been made in the development and commercialization of new and innovative AM processes. Further, numerous practical applications in aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy and other fields have been discovered.

    About the speaker:
    Prof Pulak M Pandey is currently serving as a Professor in IIT Delhi. Prof Pandey completed his PhD in Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing from IIT Kanpur in 2003. He diversified his research areas in the field of micro and nano finishing, micro-deposition and continued working in 3D Printing. He has supervised 39 PhDs and more than 36 MTech theses in the last 10 years and has filed 21 Indian patent applications. He has approximately 185 international journal papers and 45 international/national refereed conference papers to his credit. These papers with an h-index of 38 have received 6032 citations. He also received the Highly Commended Paper Award by Rapid Prototyping Journal for the paper “Fabrication of three-dimensional open porous regular structure of PA 2200 for enhanced strength of scaffold using selective laser sintering”. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Faculty Fellowship (IIT Delhi) sponsored by Kusuma Trust, Gibraltar, and J.M. Mahajan outstanding teacher award of IIT Delhi. His students have won GYTI (Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award) in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020.

    All are invited to join this lecture on August 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm to gain an insightful overview of AM technologies- the processes, their characteristics, and applications.

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  • Design of modern MW size wind turbine rotor blades July 14, 2021

    Department of Mechanical Engineering at SRM University-AP organises a talk on “Design of Modern MW Size Wind Turbine Rotor Blades” as part of the departmental seminar series on July 17, 2021, at 4.00 pm. Dr Subbareddy Daggumati, Assistant Professor at IIT Tirupati will be the guest speaker at the event. This talk aims to highlight the various energy sources in India and the role of renewable energy in electricity production.

    Dr Daggumati obtained his PhD from Ghent University, Belgium. He had been the wind turbine blade designer at Siemens and General Electric Co. In this lecture, he will elucidate on the energy production using wind energy. The kinetic energy of wind is collected using the blades of wind turbines. Wind flows over the blades creating lift (similar to the effect on aeroplane wings), which causes the blades to turn. The blades are connected to a drive shaft that turns an electric generator, which produces (generates) electricity. The lecture will consequently introduce various parts of modern MW size wind turbine parts to the attendees. The methods to develop wind turbine rotor blade designs will also be discussed in detail.

    Join this technical lecture organised by the Department of Mechanical Engineering on July 17 at 4.00 pm to learn more about the design of modern MW size wind turbine rotor blades.

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