Facility Funded Projects

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a well-rounded blend of both theory and practical to endow the students with strong fundamental engineering background and capability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams with technical expertise. Research facilities are established through external funded projects by DST, Ministry of Mines, Government of India and also projects in conjunction withISRO, Trividram, and JNARDDC, Nagpur. Many laboratories are created in collaboration with leading industries and companies like FESTO Didactic India PVT (Ltd), Renault Nissan, BOSCH, ECOSENSE, and KUKARobo.


The students have access to state-of-the- art facilities in the areas of 3-D printing, Engines and Alternative Fuels, CAD/CAM/CAE, CFD, CNC Machining, MR Fluids, Automotive Engineering, Composite Materials, Automation and Robotics, Thermal Barrier Coating. Students are encouraged to actively take part in various contests like SAEBAJA and Indian Karting League (IKL) to hone their skills in hands on Mechanical and Automobile Engineering applications.


The research facilities created by the department provides a learning platform beyond the curriculum, where the students flourish both in the research culture and academic rigour.
Department has good numberof MOUs with industries such as FESTO, BOSCH, Tech Mahindra, Tata Advanced Materials, Mercedes Benz Research and Development India, and also with Academic institutions such as FHWS Germany, The Catholic University of America, KNU South Korea, Saint Martin's University, USA, etc. to access latest developments in the field abroad.


The Doctoral programme is designed to provide researcher with fundamental, traditional core courses coupled with specializations in a particular advanced field of interest. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Mechanical Engineering is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving scientific and technological environment in the 21st century.


The department runs Automobile Engineering Programme in association with renowned academy ARAI Pune, and guided by an Advisory Board comprising major and reputed automobile giants like Mahindra, Toyota, Altair, Benz and Continental.

Facilities Available in the Department
•    Advance Composite Materials lab
•    Advance Machining Lab-Robo / PLC Lab and CNC Machines
•    Bosch Automotive Work Shop
•    Renewable Energy Research Lab
•    Free Beam Transverse Vibration System (FFT analyser with vibration generator)
•    Surface Engineering and Coating Lab
•    Development & Characterization of Magneto Rheological Fluid Damper Lab
•    Engine Tear down Facilities-Mercedes Benz Truck and Ashok Leyland B6 engine
•    Biodiesel and Alternate Fuels Lab with following Engine Test Rigs and facilities
a.    Multi Cylinder Diesel Engine Test Rig with 50HP Water cooled Eddy Current Dynamometer with and without turbocharger and EGR
b.    Nissan Micra 1.5L, 65 bhp class, 3 cylinder, Diesel engine computerised test rig with Eddy Current Dynamometer
c.    Kirloskar, single cylinder, SI & CI mode, Multi fuel, computerised, VCR Research Engine, Eddy Current Dynamometer
d.    Emission and smoke measuring equipment
e.    Fuel Testing Lab

RESEARCH INTERESTS
•    Alternate Fuels
•    Heat Transfer
•    I.C. Engines and Biodiesel
•    Mechanical Vibrations
•    Composites Materials
•    Thermal Barrier Coating
•    High Speed Machining
•    Hard Machining
•    Rapid Prototyping
•    Renewable Energy

RESEARCH EXPERTS
•    Dr. Shankar V
•    Dr.ParvatiRamaswamy
•    Dr.Pranob Das
•    Dr.Parthasarathi
•    Dr.Gurumoorthy S Hebbar
•    Dr.Palpandian P
•    Dr. Xavier Francis
•    Dr.Shijo Thomas
•    Dr.SashidharJangam
•    Dr. Anil Raj
•    Dr.Dilip Nair

RESEARCH SCHOLARS

S.No

Batch

Name

Area of Specialization

Title of Research

Status

  1.  

2013

Reghu V R

IC Engines

Thermal Barrier Coating Development on Piston Crown and simulation of Low Heat Rejection Engine

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

Praise Tom

Vibration Control

Design and analysis of active vibration control system for tractor engine

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

Kiran K

Alternate Fuels

Process development and experimental investigation of biofuel on a multi-fuel engine

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

Vivek K S

Material Science

Experimental investigation on the influence of multiwalled carbon nanotubes as composite anodes to enhance the performance of lithium ion batteries

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

PasupuletiKirtiTeja

Thermal Coatings

Synthesis and characterization of Zirconia based pyrochlores and functionally garded thermal barrier coatings

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

GowthamSanjai S

Nanocoatings

Synthesis, characterization and process development of plasma sprayed nano coatings

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

Hadiya PriteshDulabhai

Stress strain and vibration

Static response of helically wound cables under bending

Ongoing

  1.  

2016

Ivan Sunit Rout

Hard Machining

An investigative approach to hard machining of inconel alloy with coated carbide tool

Ongoing

RESEARCH LABORATORIES
Thermal Barrier Coating Laboratory
This facility has been established under Major Research Project for 58 Lakhs funded by Christ(Deemed to be University). Through the established MOU, Renault Nissan, Chennai, sponsored a 65 HP diesel engine for R&D purposes. A state of the art diesel engine research and development lab with the facilities like Eddy current dynamo meter, Smoke meter and Gas analyzer have been set up at Faculty of Engineering premises. Smoke meter and Gas analyzer to test the exhaust gas also is a part of the facility. A surface engineering lab with burner rig facility is set up to measure the temperature gradient across the coating and also to give thermal shock to the samples. For Thermal Barrier Coating and other tests like material testing, the service from external agencies is utilized. 

Diesel engine test bed

Research work in this domain

SURFACE ENGINEERING LABORATORY
This laboratory involves fabrication of two similar test set-ups: Thermal shock Test Facility which involves moving the test sample in and out of the flame impingement, so that the ceramic coating is subjected to thermal shocks. Thermal Barrier Test Facility which involves measurement of temperature drop across the ceramic coating to determine the efficiency of the coating to function as a thermal barrier coating.
Burner rig facility to measure the temperature gradient across the coating and also to give thermal shock to the samples


Facilities Available and On-going Research-Engine

S.No

Working Topic

Faculty

Project

Funded by

Status

1

Development of Multi Layered Functionally Gradient Thermal Barrier Coating Technology for Aerospace Applications

PI: Dr Shankar V

Co-PI:-

Mr Reghu V

External Funded Project

VSSC-Trivandrum ISRO Grant in Aid Respond Project

22 Lakhs

On-going

2

Experimental studies on Renault-Nissan 65HP class four cylindrical diesel engine

PI: Dr Shankar V

Co-PI:-

Mr Reghu V

MRP Project

Christ Funded

48.97 Lakhs

Period:3 years

Completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Burner Test Ring

Facilities Available and Ongong Research-Coating

S.No

Working Topic

Faculty

Project

Funded by

Status

1

Fabrication of advanced ceramic nanocoatings for automotive applications

PI: Dr ParvatiRamaswamy

Co-PI:-

Dr G.S.Hebbar

External Funded Project

VSSC-Trivandrum ISRO Grant in Aid Respond Project

22 Lakhs

On-going

2

Development of Novel and nano ceramic plasma sprayed coating, augmentation of materials processing facilities and analysis capabilities

PI: Dr ParvatiRamaswamy

Co-PI:-

Gowtham Sanjay

Avinashbabu

MRP Project

Christ Funded

50.24 Lakhs

Period: 3 Years

On-going

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Materials Lab

The Materials Research Group at the Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Kengeri campus has augmented and is actively pursuing many  research areas pertaining to materials development for various industries, government organizations and the ministry, Govt of India.

Metallographic Microscope Polishing Machine, Cutting Machine, Muffle furnace, Hot air oven

Ongoing Projects with Students

 

I-Functionally Graded Thermal Barrier Coatings for Aerospace Applications

Sponsored by VSSC Trivandum, this project Involves plasma sprayed yttria stabilized ceramic coatings and NiCrAlY bond coat in various blended and multilayer configurations to optimize life and performance in space re-entry vehicles.

II-Development of plasma sprayed nano coating for automobile components: Ministry of Mines, Govt of India, funded project, a joint research venture with JNARDDC, Nagpur. The students working in this project learn the nitty-gritties of materials processing, research practices, analyse results from sophisticated instruments like Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Diffractometers (XRD), Energy Dipersive X-Ray Analysers (EDS).

Student Achievements

III-Value-added products from waste materials such as Aluminium dross:
Dross is the byproduct of slag generated in aluminum metal production process. While refractories based on Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 are widely used in engineering industries:  thousands of tons of aluminum dross are disposed of in landfills as waste. Refractories are generally built to withstand high temperature: they also possess a low thermal conductivity for greater energy efficiency. A project exploring the potential to synergize the abundant availability of aluminum dross and value addition via synthesis of refractories from this industrial waste has been taken up by the group

Students involved in Research and Awards for Presentation

ALTERNATIVE FUEL ENGINE LABORATORY
This lab addresses the surge of fossil fuels by developing a process for conversion of available nonedible oils, waste resources into biofuels. The lab has the facility of production of biofuel, thermal physical and chemical property characterization and engine testing with emission analysis. The research facility established are Biodiesel plant, Fuel testing facility, Customized multi-fuel engine equipped with research needs and data acquisition system, smoke meter and gas analyser. Ongoing research projects are based on waste to energy concept by utilising waste oils, waste animal fat and bird skin to biodiesel as an alternative to mineral diesel. Alcohols derived from bio-resources and waste resources as an alternative to gasoline fuel. A strategy has put in place to utilise algae, microbial lipids, lignocellulose, plastic, hemicellulose, lignin and genetically engineered crops as an alternative source for fossil fuels.

 Bio-Diesel Unit: 50 Litres per batch capacity   Computerized Research Engine Test Rig

Research work in this domain:

S.No

Working Topic

Faculty

Project

Funded by

Status

1

Experimental Investigation on performance and emission characteristics of an alternative fuel engine

PI: Dr Gurumoorthy S Hebbar

Co-PI:- Kiran K

MRP Project

Christ Funded

47.39 Lakhs

Period: 3 Years

On-going

2

Analysis of thermal, physical and chemical properties of biofuel from animal and bird tallow

PI: Ravikumar R

Monograph

Christ Funded

2.23 Lakhs

Period:

18 months

On-going

Facilities Available:

ADVANCED MACHINING LABORATORY
This laboratory is equipped with advanced automated machines and robots to cater the needs of industrial solutions and define the problems encountered in motion planning and machining conditions. CNC Milling machine and CNC turning machine are the present automated machines needed for high speed machining in advanced parametric conditions. These machines develop close tolerances and accuracy in improving the machinability conditions of the products. KUKA KR6 R900 robot is a well advanced robot to grip and manipulate The fingers of the fin grippers consist of ABS plastic which is manufactured by FDM process and nylon material which is manufactured by SLS which allows it to be easily molded into the required shape and 3D printed. The properties of these materials allow the gripper in such a way that they will envelop the object that is to be picked up when it come in contact and applies its body pressure on them.

Research work in this domain:

S.No

Working Topic

Faculty

Project

Funded by

Status

1

Parametric optimization of hard machining of Inconel 718 using coated tools

PI: Dr P Palpandian

Co-PI:- Ivan Sunit Rout

Monograph

Christ Funded

3.35 Lakhs

Period:18 months

On-going

Facilities available

CNC Turning and CNC Milling Machines                       KUKA  Robot

FDM 3D printer
Fused Deposition Modelling 3D printing process that uses a continuous filament of a thermoplastic material. This is fed from a large coil, through a moving, heated printer extruder head. Molten material is forced out of the print head's nozzle and is deposited on the growing workpiece. The head is moved, under computer control, to define the printed shape. Usually the head moves in layers, moving in two dimensions to deposit one horizontal plane at a time, before moving slightly upwards to begin a new slice. The speed of the extruder head may also be controlled, to stop and start deposition and form an interrupted plane without stringing or dribbling between sections.

SLA 3D Printer
Stereo lithography (SLA or SL; also known as stereo lithography apparatus, optical fabrication, photo-solidification, or resin printing) is a form of 3D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns, and production of parts in a layer by layer fashion using photo polymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, forming polymers. Those polymers then make up the body of a three-dimensional solid.

 FDM 3D printer                        SLA 3D Printer

NON CONVENTIONAL ENERGY RESOURCES LABORATORY
This laboratory is established for researchers to develop and investigate the useful resources of nonconventional energy and focus on the interests of using renewable energy power supply systems to develop clean and useful energy for the benefit of future applications. The lab has well advanced equipments like Solar PV Emulator, Wind emulator etc
 

Solar Thermal Training System-takes into account the weather conditions at the time of year specified,position of the sun at the hour specified, location of the panel, positioning of the panel andtechnology & manufacturer of the panel to estimate the response the solar panel.
 

Wind Energy and Solar Thermal Emulator and Training System
Wind Turbine training system: Researcher can execute the mathematical models of their newly developed or modified wind turbine and can simulate the speed/power of profile of turbine on hardware environment directly for different wind speeds & pitch angle.

ADVANCED VIBRATION LAB

The FFT or Fast Fourier Transform spectrum analyser uses digital signal processing techniques to analyser a waveform with Fourier transforms to provide in depth analysis of signal waveform spectra. Testing of different metal and composite materials for the study of vibration characteristics such as a) Impulse response b) Real and imaginary plots of transfer functions c) Frequency spectrum.

Free Beam Transverse Vibration System

Magneto-rheological fluid (MRF)-Facility
Magneto-rheological fluid (MRF) is a type of smart material whose rheological properties such as  Viscosity, can be rapidly varied by applying a magnetic field. It is a free-flowing liquid state in the absence of a magnetic field while its viscosity increases on application of magnetic field. A semi active vibration damper is a device or a mechanism whose damping abilities change during the application. A magneto rheological damper or magneto rheological shock absorber is a damper filled with magneto rheological fluid, which is controlled by a magnetic field, usually using an electro magnet. This allows the damping characteristics of the shock absorber to be continuously controlled by varying the power of the electromagnet. Fluid viscosity increases within the damper as electromagnet intensity increases. This type of shock absorber has several applications, most notably in semi-active vehicle suspensions which may adapt to road conditions, as they are monitored through sensors in the vehicle, and in prosthetic limbs.

Hardware/Software/Material used:
MR Damper Test Set up :Electrodynamic s