Material synthesis and characterization are playing a critical role in today’s competitive and sophisticated environment. There has been substantial advancement in research and development of polymers, ceramics, semiconducting materials, composites and shape memory alloys, for structural, biomedical, sensor and energy applications.
Keeping this in mind, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJCE, organized a five-day Faculty Development Program (FDP) on ‘Material Synthesis and Characterization – Research Prospectus and Optimization’, from 24th to 28th August, 2021. The FDP was designed to provide insights into state-of-the-art recent trends and advancements in new materials, synthesis, characterization and opportunities for Research and Development. 60 participants (10 from MVJCE and 50 from outside) benefited from this Faculty Development Programme.
This FDP was conducted in association with Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE – Karnataka Section), Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC), and Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) – MVJCE.
The Sessions were conducted online (CISCO WEBEX), due to the COVID situation prevailing across the world.
Eminent scholars from premier academic institutions were invited to deliberate on the research on new materials. Distinguished dignitaries from the Industry discussed about material synthesis and characterization, optimization techniques, and Research prospectus.
Day 1: 24th August 2021 (Tuesday)
Dr. Vivekanand B Huddar, HOD & Convenor of the FDP, welcomed the Chief Guest, Speakers and all participants to the program. The distinguished Principal of MVJ College of Engineering, Dr. P Mahabaleswarappa, highlighted the significance of material synthesis and characterization, and the development of newer materials for advanced engineering applications. Dr. M Brindha, Vice Principal, and Prof. Vaman B Gudi, COE and Registrar, MVJCE, presided over the Inauguration Function.
Image 3: Dr. P Mahabaleswarappa, Principal, MVJCE delivering the Introduction to the FDP
The Chief Guest, Dr. Suresh D S, Chairman, ISTE – Karnataka Section, Principal, and Director, CIT Group of Institutions, and Executive Council Member, VTU, inaugurated the FDP. He called upon the faculty members, research scholars and young researchers to understand the need for innovation, and work towards fulfilling this need by consciously going for research topics. He dealt in great detail about the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), and the activities that can be conducted under the banner of the ISTE for the benefit of faculty members and students. Dr. Suresh further highlighted the need to study materials and characterize materials for new product development, and explained how it can serve the requirements of Innovative products.
Image 4: Chief Guest of the Event Dr. Suresh D S, Chairman – ISTE, inaugurating the FDP and sharing his insights.
The Forenoon Session of Day 1 began at 10.30 am, with a hands on session for faculty members and young researchers on CFD, by Mr. Harish H V, Domain Expert CFD, and Consultant-ANSYS FLUENT/CFX. He delivered a session on the importance of governing equations and boundary conditions for CFD analysis and gave a demonstration of the flow through split pipes in ANSYS fluent. He stressed on the importance of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), as a branch of Fluid Mechanics that uses numerical analysis and data structures to analyse and solve problems that involve fluid flows. With CFD, better solutions can be achieved, which are often required to solve the largest and most complex problems. Further, Mr. Harish shared information on ongoing research in the domain of CFD, that improves the accuracy and speed of complex simulation scenarios such as transonic or turbulent flows.
The Afternoon Session of Day 1 started at 01.00 pm with the invited talk by Dr. Ramesh M R, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NITK, on Surface Coating and Characterization. He explained how surface damage can be addressed by changing the surface metallurgy, surface chemistry and surface coatings. He highlighted the latest research topics in the domain of Thermal Spray coatings, Vapour deposition and Laser / microwave surface modifications, and urged young researchers to take up research activities in the domain of surface coatings and surface chemistry. He also gave an overview of the opportunities available at NITK for research collaboration.
This session was followed by another session at 02.30 pm on Optimization Techniques using Taguchi Methods in MINITAB Software, by Dr. Santhosh N, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJ College of Engineering.
Day 1 concluded on a happy note with the participants expressing their heartfelt gratitude to the organizers for organizing such a wonderful interactive FDP.
Image 5: Harish H V, Domain Expert – CFD, giving a Hands on Session in ANSYS.
image 6: Dr. Ramesh M R, Associate Professor, NIT-K, Suratkal, delivering a Session on Surface Coatings and Characterization
Day 2: 25th August, 2021 (Wednesday)
The Forenoon Session on Day 2 started with the Resource Person, Mr. Manu Ravindran, Design Engineer, ARSOM CNC LTD, giving a real time exposure on Assigning Material Properties in ANSYS Workbench, followed by the static and dynamic structural characterization. Mr. Manu Ravindran gave an exhaustive overview of the software, and explained how to assign properties for materials in ANSYS Workbench. The session was very well taken by the participants.
The Afternoon Session at 01.00 PM was on Additive Manufacturing by Dr. Siva Shanmugam, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT-Tiruchi. He gave a meaningful insight into the process of Additive Manufacturing, and clarified all the queries raised by the participants. This was followed by a session on Synthesis of Graphene and CNTs, by Dr. Rizwan, Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, NIT-K, Suratkal, from 02.30 PM. The session provided a detailed overview of the synthesis of Graphene and its characterization. Both the sessions were well accepted by the participants, with the participants expressing their desire to understand the basics of synthesis of Graphene-based composites for real time applications. The esteemed speakers offered to collaborate with the Department and the College for research activities.
Image 7: Dr. Siva Shanmugam, Associate Professor, NIT-Tiruchi, delivering a Session on the Calculations to be used for Additive Manufacturing
Image 8: Dr. Mohammad Rizwanur Rahman, Associate Professor, NIT-Tiruchi, sharing Information on the Synthesis of Graphene Oxide.
Day 3: 26th August, 2021 (Thursday)
The Forenoon Session of Day 3 started at 10.30 am, with the esteemed Speaker Dr. Sasidhar Jangam, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), giving a holistic overview of Journal Publications. He guided the participants on how to choose the right scopus indexed journals for publication of their research work. The session was highly appreciated by the participants.
The Afternoon Session on Day 3 started at 01.00 pm with the esteemed Guest Speaker Dr. A M Kuthe, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, VNIT, Nagpur, delivering his talk on Materials for Additive Manufacturing and Material Characterization. The talk was very well received by the participants. This was followed by a session from 02.30 pm, on Materials Characterization and Optimization by Dr. Jagadish, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIT-Raipur. His talk gave a deep insight about materials characterization techniques, and optimization of the results by various optimization techniques.
Dr. Sasidhar Jangam, Associate Professor, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), sharing Information on the Indexing Agencies.
Dr. A M Kuthe, Professor, VNIT, Nagpur, explaining about Layered Manufacturing to Participants.
Day 4: 27th August, 2021 (Friday)
The Forenoon Session of Day 4 started at 10.30 am, with the session on Nano particles and Nano Lubricants by Dr. Amarnath, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIITDM, Jabalpur. He spoke about the synthesis of Nano particles and Nano lubricants. Dr. Ajay Vardhaman, his Ph.D. student from IIT Kanpur, gave a practical demonstration of the synthesis of Nano particles and Nano lubricants, and gave a presentation of the results of his Ph.D work on Nano particles and Nano lubricants. The participants were delighted to visualize the practical demonstration of the synthesis of Nano particles and Nano lubricants.
This was followed by a session by Dr. Sangamesh Gondegaon, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJ College of Engineering, on Optimization Techniques using MATLAB. The session gave an insight into the optimization methodologies that can be adopted by researchers.
The Afternoon Session on Day 4 began at 01.00 pm, with a presentation on Composite Coatings by Dr. Peerawatt Nunthawarawong from King Mongkut’s University of Technology, North Bangkok, followed by a session on Nano Material Synthesis and Characterization by Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Ramasubramanian, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi, from 02.30 pm to 04.00 pm. The session proved to be extremely useful to the participants, especially for those pursuing research on Nano materials and Characterization.
Dr. Amarnath, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIITDM, Jabalpur, explaining about Characterization of Nanoparticles.
Dr. Peerawatt Nunthavarawong, Professor and Head of TRIBOSYS Lab, King Mongkut’s University of TECHNOLOGY, North Bangkok, Thailand, explaining the Slurry Erosion Wear of Materials
Dr. Lakshmi Narayan Ramsubramanian, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineerin, IIT-Delhi, sharing his knowledge on 3D Printing.
Day 5: 28th August, 2021 (Saturday)
The Forenoon Session of Day 5 started at 10.30 am with a talk on Importance of Stress Analysis for Young Researchers, by Dr. Shashidhar S, Stress Engineering, Collins Aerospace. He spoke about how stress analysis is important for young researchers, and also highlighted the major stress problems encountered in the aerospace industry. The participants interacted with the Guest Speaker and clarified their queries on stress analysis concepts.
This was followed by a session on Response Surface Methodology, by Dr. Santhosh N, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJ College of Engineering. The session gave an insight into the Response Surface Methodologies for optimization that can be adopted by researchers for their research activities.
The Afternoon Session on Day 5 began at 01.00 pm with the presentation on Carbon Composites for High Temperature Applications by Dr. A Uday Kumar, Senior Scientist, CSIR-NAL. Dr. A Uday Kumar explained in detail the synthesis of carbon composites and their characterization. The session helped participants in many aspects, particularly to synthesize carbon reinforcements for the composites.
After this, there was a session on Important Topics for Research Proposals in Advanced Manufacturing, by Dr. T Ram Prabhu, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, DRDO, Govt. of India. The esteemed Speaker focused on the various opportunities for Research Proposals in the domain of Additive Manufacturing. This was followed by the Valedictory Session.
Dr. A Uday Kumar, Senior Scientist, CSIR – NAL, speaking about Synthesis of Continuous Fibre Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites.
Dr. T Ram Prabhu, Deputy Director, Defence Research and Development Organization, sharing his knowledge on Research Avenues in Additive Manufacturing.
Dr. T Ram Prabhu, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, DRDO, Govt. of India, presided over the Valedictory function. Dr. Santhosh N, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJCE, gave an overview of the different sessions in this FDP, and the valuable inputs provided by the distinguished speakers. Dr. Rajesh Kumar P, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MVJCE, provided concluding remarks and thanked each and every Resource Speaker for accommodating the sessions in the midst of their busy schedules. The FDP concluded with vote of thanks to the Management, Principal, Vice Principal, COE and Registrar, HoD of Mechanical Engineering Department and the Organizing Committee, Resource Speakers and all the participants. Feedback and Quiz sessions were conducted at the end of the 5th day.
One of the Participants Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Greater Noida Institute of Technology, giving his Feedback at the Valedictory
Outcome of the FDP:
The FDP has enlightened the participants on the opportunities available in Material Synthesis and Characterization and new product development, alongside the significance of optimization techniques. The sessions have provided scope for establishing Center of Excellence in Materials, and given new ideas to faculty members for carrying out their research activities.