Boeing National Aero-modelling Competition 2018


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Aerospace giant Boeing organises National level Aeromodelling Competition annually to promote young talent with the vision to provide a unified national platform for students interested in aerospace and related engineering disciplines – to demonstrate their aeromodelling expertise. The Competition has two stages ie Zonals and Finale. Zonals are organised at IIT Bombay (West) IIT Kanpur (North) IIT Madras (South) and IIT Kharagpur (East). Coming to the Finale only the top 3 teams from each zonal are selected for the finals which is organised at IIT Delhi. This year the fifth annual Boeing National Aeromodelling competition Finale which was organised during the Open house of IIT Delhi (21st April 2018) had witnessed a huge audience of 400-500 students.

Pratyush Kumar (President – Boeing India, Vice president- Boeing International) had quoted it is really fantastic to see the budding talent and that the sheer talent and numbers are a testimonial to the immense potential of India’s engineering sector. He had personally congratulated the winners and awarded them the prize money which is a staggering 100000 for the winners, 50000 for the First runner’s up and 30000 for the second runner’s up.

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The event also experienced a huge media cover up among national and international channels.

Prof.Naresh Varma Datla of Mechanical Dept. along with Tanmay Bunker CEO of Boltab Dynamics had been the judges for the event. Deputy Director Prof. M, Balakrishnan of CSE dept., Prof. PVM Rao, Prof. Amit Gupta and Prof. Supreet Sing Bahga of Mechanical dept. along with guests professors from IIT Kanpur and Kharagpur have appeared for the award ceremony on the same evening on the day of the Competition.

Aerotrix along with IIT Delhi’s Aeromodelling Club had jointly organised the event. This annual event is one of the clubs most cherished event as students with interest and expertise in aeromodelling from all over the country meet.

Article  By- Shiv Teja

Research Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering


Often a  student thinks that what can I do after doing this course or after learning that subject and he tries to find whats happening at the cutting edge. In this article we have cherry-picked a few areas related to mechanical engineering which are seeing a tremendous growth at present. Students can indulge in projects related to those areas to really sharpen their skills and to understand how their studies and coursework fits into the bigger picture of industrial advancement.  It is impossible to cover every frontier of research in field of mechanical engineering in this small article but nevertheless lets begin our journey

  1. Computational Fluid Dynamics

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CFD is currently a very fast growing field in mechanical engineering with its application in areas from simulations of gas turbine and rocket engines to studying of flow in blood vessels. This field requires a multidisciplinary knowledge of Computer Science, Numerical Methods and Mechanical Engineering (Obviously!). Research in this field is now primarily focused on more accurate numerical schemes and algorithms to solve Navier-Stokes equations. Researchers are working on development of more sophisticated turbulence models. To give more natural look to special effects related to fluid flow(Like smoke, flood) used in sci-fi movies researcher are woking on improving image processing based on CFD data. More info on this can be found at Making Animated Fluids Look More Realistic.  Students can involve with the faculty members working in similar areas to get a gist of this field.

2. Microfluidics

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The field of micro-fluidics is quiet new on the horizon of mechanical engineering. This area deals with the study of behavior, control and manipulation of fluid flows happening at very small geometrical scales. It is multidisciplinary field at the intersection of mechanical engineering, theoretical physics, electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology with its application in developing more efficient medical devices, clinical pathology etc. Recently people have started working on development of more efficient heat transfer mechanisms using microfluidic structures.

3. Additive Manufacturing

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As it is evident from the name itself, Additive manufacturing is the technique in which a product is manufactured by adding very thin layers of material one by one. Companies like General Electric, Boeing, Rolls Royce are in a race to gain edge in this field of additive manufacturing which have a potential of completely revolutionizing the way we manufacture our cars, jet engines, aircraft etc. If you want to be in manufacturing sector then this is the research area for you. More information regarding this can be found on following link: Additive Manufacturing

4.Composites

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The new Boeing-787 Dream-liner is revolutionary plane which is much more efficient than its parent Boeing planes mainly because it is made of composite materials rather than conventional aluminium. The area of composites is promising new heights to the whole sector of design and manufacturing. Researchers all over world are working on development of new composite materials that can withstand extreme stress and temperature. Students with good background in material science should consider working in this area.

5. Robotics

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Whenever name of scientific advance came into our mind somewhere or the other we think about robots and autonomous machines. It is such a fascinating field that almost every engineering student have thought of working in it at one point or another in his life. This is a interdisciplinary field involving skills from computer science, mechanical and electronics engineering. People are working on using machine learning algorithms to train robots to perform specified tasks in manufacturing sectors. Students can work on the projects related to design of mechanisms, feedback and control systems and information processing etc.

We hope that this article provides you a comprehensive view of areas in which you can work to improve your skills and to better enjoy your courses. Again this is just tip of the iceberg, apart from above you can look for areas like propulsion, acoustic, vibrations, control systems, Bio-mechanics etc.

Article By- Anand Sangwan

Talk By Prof. Sandeep Juneja

The mechanical engineering society organized a talk titled “Financial Credit Risk” the mechanical engineering seminar room.
The speaker of the event was Prof. Sandeep Juneja who is the Dean at the School of Technology and Computer Science in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. His research
interests lie in applied probability including in mathematical finance, Monte Carlo methods, and game theoretic analysis of queues.
The talk mainly focused on mathematical models for conditional default probabilities for corporate loans simple closed form approximations to the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE).

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It was really an enriching one.
The talk was attended by many Professors of the Mechanical Engineering Department and some research scholars of the field. Light Refreshments were also served during the course of the event. The event concluded with a gesture of appreciation from Prof Supreet Singh Bagha, President of the Mechanical Engineering Society and organizer of this talk.

Article By-  Kartik Gupta

Farewell Dinner


To end the journey of four years of Undergraduate life on a memorable note, farewell  dinner  for  students  of  mechanical  department  was organised on 11th April,2018.  The program witnessed great participation from students as well as faculty’s side.The program  begins  with  informal  talk  session  with the   graduating   students   and   faculty   members.  Students  shared   their experience  of  four  years  with  faculty  members  and  rejoiced  their stay in campus. Students  shared  the  challenges  they faced during their stay at IIT and  exchanged  ideas  on  how  to  improve  the  academic  and  social environment of IIT to further promote a better and balanced all round development of a student.

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Faculties also shared their memorable encounters with students and talked about the future career prospects  and how  they  can  make  a  difference  in society.  After that some informal  games  were organised which saw a great participation  from  both  student’s  and faculty’s side. Faculty and students were  divided  into  four  teams.  Then  after  dinner  memento  distribution ceremony was held in the lawn of faculty guest house.

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Finally all faculty members wished the graduating batch of mechanical department a very good luck for their future endeavors and an informal group photo-shoot was held afterwards.

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Article by-Anand Sangwan