Monday, 18 September 2017

Winners of Quest INGENIUM 2017!

Our graduates have once again made us proud!

Jobby George and Jose Tom, Mechanical Engineering students of 2017 batch, have become the winners at the QuEST Ingenium 2017 that was held on 15th September in Trivandrum. This was from a competition that saw nearly 6500 projects from all over the country!



They won the top honours for their project – Electricity Generation Using Speed Breakers. Apart from the cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, these two students will also get an all-expense paid trip to the Airbus facility in Germany where they will be given an exclusive tour of the facility and introduced to the manufacturing processes and cores engineering side of the business. 

The project team also consisted of Cibin Geevarghese, Amal Abraham and Glen Martin Thomas. The project was guided by Asst Professor Arun K Varghese.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Kudos to Akhil, our alumnus !

We proudly share before you an impressive achievement by one of our alumni, Mr. Akhil R. Nair. He is the first person ever to win the grand prize of ₹ 10 lakhs from ‘Still Standing’, a quiz-based programme broadcasted in Mazhavil Manorama channel.

A Mechanical Engineering graduate (2013 batch) of SAINTGITS, Mr. Akhil had been a great resource for our college during his academic period and have brought many achievements then too in various quiz competitions. He played a vital part in setting up ‘Q-SENATE’, the quiz team of SAINTGITS.
Catch the programme on 9th and 10th september at 8:30pm in Mazhavil Manorama channel
                                     

Monday, 4 September 2017

Onam Wishes!

Team ME wishes you a very happy onam!


(Image Created by Adithya C Vinod of Third Year Mechanical Engineering.)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Making of the Automated Appam Maker



For those who haven’t heard, ‘appam’ or ‘palappam’ is a traditional food in South India mainly in Kerala. 

Manual way of preparing appam is tedious when it comes to mass production. This is an era of automation where it is broadly defined as replacement of manual effort by mechanical power in all degrees of automation. The operation remains an essential part of the system although with changing demands on physical input as the degree of mechanization is increased.


We aimed to automate the time consuming and tedious processes in the food industry. In the present scenario human work force is eliminated in every possible situation, leading to an increase in the efficiency to a large extent. We have tried to touch an unexplored area of automating appam making process which has a huge potential in South Indian food culture. It allows the user to obtain ready-to-eat appam at the press of a button without any skilled labor.



This was done as the project work part of our B Tech course. I was a part of the team including my classmates Praise Sabu, Sreerag MP, Sukesh PP and Vaishak S Kurup guided by Mr. Nandu S, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department. We all are happy that this project got well recognized in various technical events.

Toney Varghese
2017 Batch

Mechanical Engineering







(More than just an academic work, this project got funded by KSCSTE and bagged various prizes in different project competitions like SRISHTI 2017 organised by SAINTGITS and second prize in National Innovation Challenge organized by TechTop at IIT Delhi.)






Congratulations to the team for this achievement!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Apollo 13 - Movie Review - A must watch movie for Engineers




The power of films to inspire, ignite and instill ideas and ideals has always been a very fascinating yet intriguing phenomenon that the world always loved and still loves to observe. It’s the same reason that almost over 80% of the people like to keep a checklist of must watch films.

Depending upon the interests of the people the checklists can vary but still they always make sure to add only the best movies that anyone could possibly think of. Fitness freaks would always love films like generation iron and car fanatics would always top it with the fast and the furious series. But the most interesting checklist of all would definitely belong to an engineering student just because he looks for ideas however far-fetched they may seem at first. But whatever happens one thing’s clear. They’ll always have technical movies at the top of their list. And any list like this is never complete without the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster Apollo 13 which is actually based on a true story describing man’s hunger to conquer the vastness of space.

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American docudrama directed by Ron Howard. It dramatizes the aborted 1970 lunar mission Apollo 13 which was adopted from the book:” Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13” written by the original mission commander Jim Lovell.

The film depicts astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert on America’s 3rd lunar landing mission on the Apollo 13.Jack Swigert was the replacement member for the original mission crew member Ken Mattingly who was later replaced as he was susceptible to measles unlike the rest of the crew. En route to the moon a rupture in one of the oxygen tank deprives the spacecraft of the power and guidance for landing on the moon and forces the crew to abort the mission. The mission then takes a turn for the worse and becomes a race against the clock to bring the astronauts down safely back to earth.

Unlike most of the sci-fi movies that cook up stories on space adventures into the never ending galaxies and the vast expanses of space using high tech graphics, Apollo 13 does not boast any. Each and every thing down to the spacecraft and NASA mission control were made by hand at the Universal Studios. Apollo 13 hugely depicts the engineers and pilots as heroes in the face of grave overwhelming odds. All throughout the film the Apollo 13 crew come about situations where they are forced to make decisions that would very well mean life or death. The ability of engineers to bend themselves according to the needs of the situation are shown repeatedly especially when they try to fit a square CO2 scrubber inside a cylindrical case for use inside the spacecraft. Every second of the movie shows you the “Never out of the game” mindset that has enabled man to reach heights that previously were considered impossible. The film also teaches us the lesson that “everything happens for the good”.


The film reaches the end in a climax where Ken Mattingly replicates the exact conditions of Apollo 13 in the simulator and creates a reentry procedure for Apollo 13. The film ends where the Apollo 13 LEM or lunar ejection module lands in the south pacific on April 14 1970. The last part describes the life events that transpired in the subsequent years for the men behind the Apollo 13 missions.

For many the Apollo 13 isn’t so high tech a film. But it really shows that we don’t need graphics for a high end movie. Apollo 13 is certainly a run for your money whether in 1995 or in 2016. Very few films depict engineers as heroes, even fewer are taken from the lives on living breathing individuals and even fewer with a brilliant all-star cast so if you haven’t seen Apollo 13 then “Houston we have a problem”.

Akhil Binu
First Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Team Striderz - Pride of our department

Team Striderz Members

Team Striderz from SAE India (Society of Automotive Engineers) unit of Mechanical Engineering Department of SAINTGITS successfully participated in SAE BAJA 2017 competition.
The competition was held from 15 - 19 February 2017 in Pithampur with the All-Terrain Vehicle developed by the team. The vehicle cleared on-site technical inspection, Engine test, Brake test, Acceleration test & Maneuverability and also completed 4 laps in the Endurance run.

BAJA SAE INDIA 2017

Flagging off ceremony by Principal
The team was led by Mr. Sentison Mathew of final year Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty Advisors: Er. Bibin Varkey and Er. Arun K Varghese (ME Department)

Congratulations!

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Speed of an Electron



Have you ever thought of the speed in which your rooms get lighted up ,when you just turn your switch on. Some of you may have .Of course , I had that curiosity and I am happy to share the results with you.

It was interesting to notice that the speed of an electron whose motion results in electric current is smaller than that of a nail! You can flip a light switch and watch a lamp five feet away turn on in an instant .But to watch a single electron travel from the switch to the light , you would have to wait for an hour.
The speed at which electrons flow through a wire is called “electron drift”,and it happens at around 0.1 – 0.4 millimeters per second.Pit an electron against your average snail,which travels around 3- 10 millimeters per second,and it’s not even a contest .But if electrons move so slowly, how can a switch turn a lamp instantaneously? Think of a tube filled with balls:if you add a a ball at one end ,a ball will come out at the other end at almost the same instant,even though each ball didn’t move that far on its own.

Like wise ,if we replace our tube with a copper wire and the balls with electrons,the same results can be obtained .Those electrons are packed in so tightly that even a small movement will travel down the wire from electron to electron at an impressive speed , letting you turn on the lights without having to wait for electrons to travel the whole way.

Akhil Binu
First Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

Winners of Quest INGENIUM 2017!

Our graduates have once again made us proud! Jobby George and Jose Tom, Mechanical Engineering students of 2017 batch, have become the ...