Saturday, March 22, 2014

Industrial Visit – Tata Motors

The industrial visit to Tata Motors was organized by the KLU ASME section. A team of 14 members were given an opportunity to visit Tata Motors. The visit included the following points.

  • Mr Srikanth, one of the guides was allocated to us for providing assistance.
  • He initiated the session by demonstrating a four stroke engine with its parts including crankshaft, piston.
  • He explained the difference between crankshaft and camshaft by its physical appearance, crankshaft is large and the weight is more compared to camshaft. Some of the components related to crankshaft are Piston, Cam. The crankshaft is fixed in the cylinder block whereas camshafts are fitted to the cylinder head.
  • He switched to valve operating mechanism which consists of steam and seating. The steam which is small is for the exhaust valve which prevents excess loss of air pollutants and whereas the steam which is long contributes to the inlet valve increasing the amount of the intake suction
  • The fuel gases are sprayed through the combustor chamber which is of the shape omega. The shape enables proper mixing.
  • Oil ring located at the bottom of a piston. It allows oil to pass through the piston ring and lubricate the cylinder wall. It also cools which enables the piston engine without heating.
  • Compressor rings prevent the air to leak. It also allows the piston to build the compression needed for the engine to produce power.
  • An Oil strainer is fixed in the oil sump which stores the oil. The oil sump is connected to an oil pump which circulates the oil.
  • Engine oil filter hole is like a filter unit purifying the oil from dust The particles.
  • The piston is not exposed to the cooling effect directly so an engine oil cooling jet nozzles is fitted which cools the piston.
  • There are basically few types of engines

                  - Common rail direct fuel injection:
                        As name indicates the injection of the fuel into the cylinders via a common line
                    - Turbocharged Direct Injection
                         It uses the exhaust gases which is also at high temperature and less compression rations which gives you high efficiency.
      • Function of Radiation and its heat exchanging capacity.

      Q) Prof. Shyam Prasad asked about the various sensors that are used in engine.
      Ans: Various sensors are used of which some are used to detect the high temperatures , sensor to determine the alignment of camshaft, sensor for coolant temperature.

      Q) Manikrishna questioned on how much pollution is being released
      Ans: Its depends upon various standards that are used. Standards are maintained to set the minimum amount of carbon or nitrogen or pollutants that are to be released.

      Q) Narayan asked for some solutions for starting problem in bike during cold seasons
      Ans: The starting problem is due to the failure of heat starters or the battery. You should consult a mechanic to solve the problem.

      Friday, March 21, 2014

      Webinar on Women in Engineering

      KLU ASME conducted the first Webinar session so far for interaction of the student engineers with experienced people elsewhere.KLU ASME considered our dedicated former vice-chairperson would be the best people to kick start our webinar sessions. She is a determined and hardworking lady who always has the enthusiasm and confidence to pursue her desires. She never bounded herself into any limitations set by the society and has set an example for all the girl students in the University she has graduated.

      The former Vice-chairperson of KLU ASME, Ms. M. Satya Sri pursuing her Masters in the department of Aerospace & Engineer Mechanics from University of Cincinnati, Ohio joined us through web to deliver a talk to the girl students especially about "Women Empowerment". This Webinar session was organised to foster the girl students to step forward to pursue their desires. It was intended to make them realise that they were nowhere less than their fellow beings.

      Ms. Satya Sri begun with a story of a girl who on a visit to a toy shop, was surprised seeing more of toys meant for boys. This was the first time that the girl noticed that apart from the gender bias the girls are facing in the other fields, there is a diversity shown even in the toys. She got furious about it and determined to do something about it. So the girl struck with a Entrepreneurial idea for her. She started a toy making industry that manufactured toys mostly meant for girls. The moral of this story is that we should always derive a entrepreneurial opportunity for ourselves from what we see, do and think. She said that we girls are no less
      than the boys and assured us with a result of a survey that stated " Men and Women have the whole equal aptitude for math and science".

      She put forward a few facts for us:

      • Computer program was invented before the computer and the first computer programmer was a lady named Ada Lovelace.
      • Women outperform men in multitasking paradigms.
      • Thomas Malone, MIT stated by a survey that "Women make a team smarter".
      • Most of the women have earned back their jobs after recession but men have not.
      • The CEO's of many leading companies like , GM, HP, IBM. Lockheed Martin, Xerox corporation and many others are women.

      Talking about Women Entrepreneurship, Ms. Satya advised to always be determined to groom our ideas into a entrepreneurship opportunity. She advised that any idea we have today may not be polished and fully planned but to keep up the desire and work on it so that even though we may lack the support & opportunity now, we may succeed later.

      Ms. Satya asked the girls to look out for a points:

      • Be rational
      • Take the best optimal path for your career
      • Decide what you want to do
      • Always do a SWOT analysis
      • Socialize and try to communicate with people from different places, colleges and disciplines. Take SPDC and visits to other colleges as an opportunity to socialize.
      • Always try to make a lot of friends.
      • In ASME, try to interact with juniors, seniors and faculty.
      • It is always better to have a good network.

      Ms. Satya guided the girls on how to build up their career in Indian air force, navy and army. She also told the girls that there are a lot of extra & co-curricular activities in US. One always has the opportunity and chances of distracting so it is important to focus on your work apart from involving in these activities.

      She told the girls that it is important to have a basics of all the multidisciplinary courses.

      • Control Systems
      • Mechatronics
      • Robotics
      • Numerical Methods & Simulation Methods for Engineers & Scientists
      • Take up courses on open courseware MIT & Stranford University.
      • Work on softwares extensively like MATLAB, Simulink, Sim Mechanics. Lab view, Tecpot, ANYSYS etc.
      • Work on diverse projects- she suggested to work on at least 2-3 projects per semester and try to work in groups as we can always learn more when in groups.

      The newest fever everybody has is to study abroad so she put some light on the different aspects of Study abroad. To start with she warned the girls to manage:

      • Lot of course load
      • F1 status
      • stress
      • Health Issues
      • Financial Issues
      • Safety Issues
      • Weather Conditions
      • Social & Family related issues

      She also threw some light on the funding opportunities one has while studying abroad.

      • Non-technical Part time jobs
      • Technical Part time jobs
      • Co-ops
      • Internships
      • Teaching Assistantship
      • Research Assistantship
      • University Grant

      The importance of associating with the student clubs during the stay in University was very well explained by Ms. Satya. It is always good to get associated with two clubs to enhance and discover one's own skills on team work and interaction. We can always learn more and have fun when working in groups. With this she was open for questions.

      Thursday, March 20, 2014

      Talk on webpage

      Mr. CH. Kartheek , Programs In-charge of ASME INDIA conducted a session to introduce ' Phase 2' to all the KLU ASME members . Mr. CH. Kartheek took the help of a PowerPoint to enhance his talk and display a few snapshots of the website. He split his talk into two parts:
      Part 1:

      • Background and Strategic Context for Redesign
      • New Phase 2 Features and Other Changes
      • Implications for ASME Group Leaders

      Part 2:

      • Tips For The New

      Mr. Kartheek started with a small briefing about the features of the ' Phase 1' and the comparison of the two phases. Earlier only ASME members had access to but the Phase 2, launched recently is open to all. Even the non-members can register into the new phase. The new phase has been launched to draw the attention of new members. It is a opening for all the kindling minds to navigate through the website to be a part of it.

      He stated that the first priority of redesign was improvements in the user experience. The contemporary look and simplified navigation invites the people to browse the website.

      Along with adding online community features, the website focuses on its goals:

      • To provide mechanical engineers with a targeted community where they can interact and collaborate with others
      • Foster networking
      • Make participation in ASME communities convenient and easy
      • Attract and engage a larger and broader range of engineers – younger, more diverse, and from more places
      • Open these features to all engineers, not only ASME Members

      Mr. Kartheek explained the new features to everybody and the benefits experienced by the members. All the members were acquainted to the architecture and design of every individual's profile. In the new phase, every student section had a community or group page of their own, through which all the group member's could communicate with each other. Also, we can follow the updates of our group or student section and check the on-going activities in other student sections. Mr. Kartheek asserted that was on par with any social networking sites like Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. There are special benefits for all the Group Leaders.

      Mr. Kartheek also gave us tips to navigate and browse through the website, and also update the personal profile account. He explained us the extent of access any member has on their participating group page. He also helped the present members to create a profile of our own. All the members immediately started connecting and following interested pages.

      Indeed, this is a great platform to socialize with the same minds.

      Prof. Shyam Prasad Sir concluded the session by announcing a "Industrial Visit" to an Automotive Company organised especially in the interest of SPDC and HPVC participants. The visit is going to be organised on 22nd March, 2014 i.e. Saturday. We would most probably be going to Jasper Industries.

      Also, Sir reminded us about a Webinar talk by Satya Sri on "Women Empowerment" on 21st March,2014

      Next Meet is scheduled on 21st March, 2014. Agenda of next meet is Webinar session

      Wednesday, March 19, 2014

      College field trip for school children-Hayagreeva concept school

      The KLU ASME section has organized a Field trip to our college for School children of Hayagreeva concept school and Ratnam Public School.The trip was divided into three visits by two different schools.

      The students from Hayagreeva Concept School were given an opportunity to see various models presented by the Engineering students, labs of different departments, facilities provided by the college.

      Monday, March 10, 2014

      Report on Visit to the Schools

      Venue: Hayagreeva School & Sri B.V.S.R.M.C.H School, Payakapuram

      The whole team reported to the principal and formally introduced ourselves. We requested to arrange a interactive session with the students.

      • The 5th & 6th standard students gathered in a room.
      • Firstly a small game was conducted for the students.
      • The students introduced themselves and shared their aims with everybody.
      • Chocolates were given to the students for encouragement.
      • Gayatri addressed the students:

                  o Told them the story of Archimede's victory cry "EUREKA" to explain the importance of density of a substance.
                  o She explained that "Anybody can become great" by giving the example of Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
                  o Motivated students to learn and teach others.
                  o Encouraged them to learn by doing things practically.
                  o Motivated them to learn, teach, develop and make India "developed" country.

      7th, 8th & 9th students gathered in a room for interaction session.

      • The students introduced themselves and shared their aims with everybody.
      • We asked the students if they knew what they had to do to achieve their aims. We explained a few of them what their further steps should be.
      • Gayatri motivated the students not to be disappointed with the failures but to proceed till they reach the success.
      • We explained the importance of developing their strengths and exhibiting their talents.

      After the interaction, we had a meeting with the Correspondent and the Science Teachers. This meeting was more of an interaction with them and little of professional talks.

      The Correspondent's advice to the team:

      o Create awareness among the students and open them up to the outside world.
      o Motivate them to learn more & aim higher.
      o Show them that they have a lot of opportunities awaiting them.

      Wednesday, February 26, 2014

      Talk on SPDC 2014

      Mr. CH. Karteek initiated the presentation regarding SPDC and discussed a few points.
      - SPDC-Student Professional Development Conference will be held at BITS Pilani from
      March 28th to 30th, 2014.
      - SPDC District G will be held for the first time in India.
      - This time SPDC India and SPDC District G will be held simultaneously and the winners will compete in the finals that are to be held at IMECE, Canada.
      - Each Participating member should be an ASME Member.
      - For Oral Guard Oral Presentation only 2 papers are eligible per student section.
      - Internal Competition will be held for Paper Presentation and the deadline for submission of abstracts will be 5th March 2014.
      - The papers which are not been promoted to SPDC will be converted into Poster Presentation.
      - For Poster Presentation the participant need not be skilled in Photoshop but can also prepare it using a PowerPoint Presentation.
      - SDC problem statement was explained.
      - Water Rocketry competition introduced by the BITS Section. Design, aerodynamics, accuracy are tested.
      - Elections will be held for the following posts which provide an opportunity to represent in SDOB-Student District Operating Board ,India

      • Vice-Chair
      • Programs In-Charge
      • Communication In-Charge
      • Memberships at-Large
      • Webmaster
      • Public Relation Officer ( eligibility only for girls)

      - Interested Students can book their tickets in one of the following trains. The availability status as on date is also given.

      WL- 10
      Tamilnadu Express
      WL- 1
      Kerala Express
      WL- 9

            Prof. K. Shyam Prasad clearly explained the major competitions and discussed a few points  regarding the rules and restrictions related to certain competitions.

      2 papers only
      No Limit
      No Limit
      No Limit
      Water Rocket
      No Limit

      - Candidates participating in OGWP can take guidance from Mr. Kartheek , Ms. Sunanda , Mr. G.B. Prasad.
      - The Participants should not aim only at winning the competition. They should be able to gain the concepts acquired during the process and during the competition by learning from other teams.
      - Extend you Professional Network.
      - Members have the advantage to participate in BITS Pilani Techno Fest APOGEE-14 too.



      Thursday, February 20, 2014

      Talk by Mr Jayadev Galla

      Mr Jayadev Galla is the Vice-Chair and the Manging Director of Amara Raja Batteries Limited, a leading manufacturer for advanced Lead Acid batteries for Industries and Automotive applications. The company was awarded with Ford World Excellence Award in 2004 under his leadership. He has received many awards including Young Indians National Branding Chair .

      Ms Gayatri has initiated the talk introducing the chief guest Mr jaydev Galla and his achievements. Later Ms Sushmita has given a presentation on ASME and the Diversity Action Grand program “Sci-Tech School Fest”.

      Mr Jayadev Galla had an interaction session with the students.