MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The Department of Mechanical Engineering was started in the year 2012 and has highly qualified, dedicated teaching faculty who provide in-depth knowledge and training in the field of Mechanical engineering covering thermal, manufacturing and design aspects to give exposure regarding the latest research, development and techniques taking place in the mechanical field, catering to the growing needs of the industries.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The department is equipped with modern equipments and machineries as per the requirement of the syllabus of Anna University, Chennai. In all the laboratories and workshops, skilled technical professionals are available at any time to train the students. Students are encouraged to enrich their knowledge by utilising the facilities and resources of the department.

ENGINEERING PRACTICES LABORATORY

The Foundry Laboratory - the fundamental of the manufacturing process, casting is learnt in this lab. Students learn how to prepare the mould, the method of melting the metal and pouring it into the mould etc. They become familiar with the tools used in foundry shop, casting allowances, casting defects and methods of eradicating the defects. The process of joining similar and dissimilar metals is studied in the welding shop and students gain practical working experience in arc welding, gas welding - gas cutting and soldering and brazing techniques. Students are given training on plumbing work, electrical wiring and wood working in carpentry shop along with the tools and their usage.

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

Working in a lathe is one of the major requirements of a mechanical engineer. Students become skilled at lathe operations by performing turning, facing, thread cutting, knurling, chamfering, axial drilling, eccentric turning, step turning and taper turning along with the use of various tools. Lathe Tool Dynamometer which is used for measuring the cutting force exerted on the work piece by the tool in a lathe is available.

FLUID MECHANICS AND MACHINERY LABORATORY

In Fluid Mechanics and Machinery Laboratory, flow through pipes, orifice, mouthpieces, notches etc. are analysed by the students to measure the velocity of fluid, coefficient of discharge, and coefficient of velocity. The working principle and performance of hydraulic turbines and pumps are also taught here.

STRENGTH OF MATERIALS LABORATORY

Strength of Materials Laboratory - students learn to measure the mechanical properties of materials such as tensile strength, compressive strength, torsional strength, hardness of the materials, impact load etc. from metal bars and bricks to concrete cubes. Computerized Universal Testing Machine is one of the highlighted equipments available in this laboratory.

THERMAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY-I

In this lab the performance and emission characteristics of petrol engine, diesel engine and multi-cylinder engine are determined. The properties of petroleum fuels like flash and fire point, dynamic viscosity and kinematic viscosity are also determined. The cut - section models of two stroke and four stroke engines are used to draw the port timing and valve timing diagrams.

THERMAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY-II

Thermal Engineering Laboratory deals with the experiments related to different modes of heat transfer i.e. conduction, convection and radiation. In this Lab, students become familiar with parallel flow and counter flow heat exchangers, heat transfer in the composite slab, measurement of thermal conductivity, performance of refrigerators and air conditioners and performance of compressors.

DYNAMICS LABORATORY

The working principal and functioning of four bar chain mechanism, slider crank mechanism, governor mechanism, gyroscopic mechanism etc. are taught to the students theoretically in the class rooms are demonstrated to them in this laboratory. Vibration characteristics of springs, beams, shafts are also studied. Force transmitted to the foundation, cam profiles and cam jump phenomenon are experimentally learned in this laboratory.

METROLOGY AND MEASUREMENT LABORATORY

Student learns to use and calibrate measuring instruments and equipments. The main equipments in which students gain hands on experience are comparator, profile projector, sine bar, floating carriage micrometer, temperature measurement setup, force measurement setup and torque measurement setup.

MECHATRONICS LABORATORY

Students learn to design and test and control the fluid power circuits using pneumatic and hydraulic trainer kit. Students also learn to model and analyse basic electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems using LABVIEW software.

CAD/CAM LABORATORY

The CAD/CAM laboratory has been set so as to facilitate the students and enable them to perform analysis on various parameters through softwares like AUTOCAD, CREO, ANSYS etc.

Alpha engineering students testing out mechanical equipment
projects of alpha college of engineering students
PROFESSIONAL BODY & INDUSTRY INTERFACE

PROFESSIONAL BODY

The Professional Body for Mechanical Engineers ‘SAE Collegiate Club’ was inaugurated on the 27th of April, 2016.

INDUSTRY INTERFACE

The department is highly connected with Industries through which students are exposed to industrial practices. Guest lectures by eminent industrialists, visits to industrial houses and industrial tours enhance the quality of the students. Students are engaged in industry assignments, internships and projects. They undergo in-plant training in various industries such as Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, Ford Motors, Spic, North Chennai Power Plant, Neyveli Lignite Corporation and Jeppiaar Steel Plant.

Group of students examining equipment inside the college lab

PLACEMENT

Around 100% of Mechanical Engineering students get placed in various companies like:
• CSS Corp
• ECIT-ECIT
• Tekwizard
• Vijay Diary
• Zaison
• Enchanter
• Sutherland
• Pacesetter
• Eurekaforbes
• Futurenet
• Super Lorry
and have achieved good results in various competitive examinations like GATE, GRE, TOEFEL, CAT etc.

Alpha engineering students in Mechanical Engineering lab
SCOPE

SCOPE FOR HIGHER STUDIES

Higher study options for a B.E Mechanical Engineering graduate include:

• Manufacturing Engineering
• Aerodynamics
• Aerospace Propulsion
• Aerospace Structure
• Thermal Energy and Environmental Engineering
• Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

CAREER SCOPE

Some of the areas where Mechanical Engineers are in demand include:

• Automobile industry
• Aerospace industry
• Steel plants
• Computer industries
• Postal departments
• Banking sector