Laboratories

Sensors Lab

  • This lab focus on the following platform based equipments and systems.
  • Biomedical Instrumentation Platform.
  • Smart Sustainable energy / Green Engineering Platform
  • Smart Transportation Platform
  • Smart System design Platform
  • Smart Security System Platform
  • Vibration analysis on Piezo smart structure based cantilever
  • The bio-medical plat form plate form gives the students on the recent development in the bio-medical field and recent sensor used for human related interface
  • The green engineering platform gives the gives the students in the energy related experiments, research  and innovative idea working
  • Transportation platform deal the logistics and how the sensor interface serve the purpose
  • System design gives the overall idea in the embedded based solution
  • Security platform operates for digital interface security.

Level of utilization

  • This lab focus the under graduate students in laboratory testing level
  • Post graduate students can do their thesis
  • For the Research Graduate for their research work also
  • Lab is aimed to be a Central facility and intradisciplinary in nature

Future interface

  • International collaboration can be accessed with this lab
  • Mini consultancy can also be attracted for the local industry such as testing and calibration.
  • Center of excellence and technology incubation can be enhanced.

Project done

  • “Vibration control of piezoelectric actuated smart structure with changing temperature environment”- Granted by UGC
  • Intel – atom processor in the curriculum- Granted by Intel
  • Embedded networking based on CAN(Controller area network) Bus-Granted by Aicte

Training done at Sensor Lab

Short term training program on Applied Sensor Technologies 17th-18th of February 2017, conducted for the engineering faculties.

Student’s projects

UG

  • Locker security using MATLAB
  • IOT based home automaton

PG

  • Temperature prediction using moisture contents in soil
  • Automobile speed limit alter for accident avoidance.
  • Control and teaching of industrial robotic arm using accelerometer over internet.

Faculty InCharge

  1. Dr.L.R.KarlMarx

Robotics Lab

Robotics lab is one of the significant labs in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering established in the year 2016. It consists of two Quanser mobile robots on which experiments like even Mapping and Localisation can be done. The software installed provide the students good understanding on the concepts taught. It is under a massive development process by all means.

Trainings done

Sl.NoTitleTrained byYear
1Mobile Robot control with QBOT 2Edutech India Private Limited2016 – 2017

List of student projects done

Sl.NoTitleStudent NAmeYear
1Neural Network Based Path Planning for a Multi-Robot SystemK. Anbarasan2016 – 2017

 

Modelling and Simulation Lab

The Modelling and Simulation Laboratory is formed for students / researchers with a common interest in the interdisciplinary application of Mechatronics.
This lab contains high-performance workstations. Current areas of work include modelling and simulation of mechatronics systems, electronic circuit design, signal/image processing and network simulation.
In addition to modelling and simulation, the lab can be used for demonstrations and training. Continual efforts are ongoing to increase the capabilities of this lab by adding additional equipment and software.

Hardware

High-performance workstations36 no's
Analog / digital trainer kit 20 no's
Multimeters10 no's
Printer 1 no's

Software

  • LabVIEW
  • RoboAnalyzer
  • NI Multisim
  • 20sim
  • Octave

 Trainings done

 Two day workshop cum competition on Industrial Pneumatics and Hydraulics, jointly with Bosch Rexroth

Faculty InCharge    

 Mr. S. A. R. SheikMasthan

Product Development Lab

UGC – MRP SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECT
TITLE    : INVESTIGATION OF FLOW MALDISTRIBUTION IN SILICON BASED MICROCHANNEL HEAT SINKS

Due to recent advancements, electronic components size has been reduced drastically with demand on higher performance and operating speed. These factors have led to high die temperatures which are unfavorable to circuit performance and reliability. A need has therefore arisen the new and innovative techniques for development of electronic components cooling application based on thermal management components. Microchannels based heat sinks, which provide large surface to volume ratio, are the obvious choice for this application. It is the pioneering work of Tuckerman and Pease (1981) that opened up a novel cooling method using Microchannel heat exchangers. The Microchannel heat sink as a whole consists of array of microchannels, the arrangement by which the fluid enters and exits the channels. The biggest bottlenecks that hinder the design of Microchannel cooling systems are the higher pressure drop, and flow mal-distribution. Higher pressure drop demands for higher pumping power and flow mal-distribution causes non-uniform temperature distribution and hence formation of hot spots in the device. Flow mal-distribution is defined as the non-uniform distribution of flow through the multiple parallel microchannel.
This project work addresses the problem of flow mal-distribution in parallel microchannel cooling system to minimize flow mal-distribution and temperature maldistribution temperature by achieving uniform flow distribution.

DST-IDP SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECT
Title    : DEVELOPMENT OF MICROCHANNEL BASED PERSONAL COOLING SYSTEM FOR FIREFIGHTERS

Fire-fighters encounter a range of hazards during structural as well as wild-land fire- fighting. The hazards can cause minor injuries to fatal accidents leading to end of career or even death of fire-fighters due to increasing the temperature of the human body. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal protective clothing (PPC) are the materials which create a barrier between the hazardous environment and the fire-fighter for protection. The protective clothing should provide adequate protection as well as should be comfortable to wear. The protective clothing is provided with passive or active cooling system to maintain the temperature within the safer limit. Such cooling systems are known as personal cooling system. Among the cooling methods, vapor compression refrigeration shows great promise as personal cooling system.


CAPABILITIES

3D Printer    - 4 Nos.
Material    - ABS and PLC,
Make        - Global 3D Labs
Model        - Pramaan

Software    - Cura and Pronter face

Faculty Incharge

Dr. G. Kumaraguruparan

 

Measurements and control lab

This lab has been jointly established by National Instruments and TCE during 2000 by an MOU for catering Mechatronics under graduate Programme. Students have participated in competitions and won many awards/equipments for laboratory during VI Mantra.

Short Term Courses Conducted

Sl.NoName of the courseTarget AudienceCoordinatorsDuration
1Virtual InstrumentationStudentsAmuthakannan/ Dr.V.Prakash10.06.2002  17.06.2002
2Virtual InstrumentationStudentsAmuthakannan/ Dr.V.Prakash20.01.2003  28.01.2003
3Virtual InstrumentationStudentsAmuthakannan/ Dr.V.Prakash/ Mr.T.Vivek26.02.2005  07.03.2005
4Virtual InstrumentationFaculty from Anna University affiliated colleges.Prof S. Krishnan. Mr. T. Vivek.21.11.2005  25.11.2005
5Virtual InstrumentationStudentsProf S.Krishnan. Mr.T.Vivek.03-12-2005  09.12.2005
6Virtual Instrumentation - LabVIEW Basics IREVA Electric Car coPvt LtdMr.T.Vivek.21.03.2007  27.03.2007
7Virtual Instrumentation - LabVIEW Basics IIREVA Electric Car coPvt LtdMr.T.Vivek.01.04.2007  03.04.2007

Measurement Experiments for under graduate/Post graduate Students

  • Temperature measurement based on thermocouple and thermistor.
  • LVDT for displacement measurement.
  • Strain measurement using SCXI.
  • Optical Encoder for speed measurement.
  • Image Acquisition and Inspection.
  • Instrument control-Data Acquisition from Traditional Instruments.
  • NI ELVIS kit for circuit design and verification.

Control Laboratory

Model based design

Mechatronics  system design predominantly uses V design cycle for Product development. System Identification process helps to identify the mathematical model of the System. The controller for the plant/ Mechatronic system is designed using software tools and tested for performance and stability by Rapid prototyping it on cRIO/MyRIO controllers.

Hardware in loop simulation:

Identified Model is simulated and verified in PXI based system by connecting sensors and actuators and tested for various types of inputs. The designed controller is deployed on microcontroller or ECU on the developed product for further usage.
Our laboratory is equipped with  cRIO controllers, MyRIO controllers and PXI based systems for controller deployment and plant simulation. Test systems available are Inverted pendulum and unmanned aerial vehicle.

Experiments for under graduate/Post graduate Students:

  1. Development of transfer function from given RLC circuit.
  2. System Analysis using Bode plot and Root locus.
  3. Phase lag-lead controller design.
  4. PID controller tuning using Ziegler Nichols Method.
  5. Controller design for Position control system

Faculty Incharge

Mr. T. Vivek

Industrial Automation lab

Bosch Lab for Automation Technologies

This lab consists of  modular Industrial automation training systems developed by Bosch- Rexroth specialists to  provide beginners and more advanced learners alike with tangible technical know-how and problem-solving expertise. Standard industrial components, internationally standardized programming languages and open interfaces are used to provide a direct experience of  practical knowledge.

Industrial Hydraulics:

A wide variety of exercises, along with component and sets, are available for all kinds of practical hydraulics applications – e.g. for on-off hydraulics, proportional technology, control engineering and even mobile applications.

Automation/Mechatronics:

Helping to understand complex  relationships . The automation technology work stations integrate control and drive technologies into a single system. The control engineering (PLC,HMI,SCADA)and sensors are used to connect drives to build a complete system.

Electric drives and control:

Consists of  Variable Frequency drives(VFD),Motion Logic Drives(MLD) and Motion Logic Controllers(MLC) with scalable hardware and software.

Trainings done in our lab

Short term training program conducted for the employees of  TAFE, Madurai and Fenner, Madurai.

Faculty InCharge

 Mr. H. Ramesh

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