Mechanical Engineering Section organized an industrial visit to International Plastic Industries Company L.L.C on Monday, 30th May 2022 in coordination with Industrial and Community Engagement Committee. A group of 8 students from Advanced Diploma level along with two faculty members; Dr. N. Sellappan, HoS, Mechanical Engineering Section, Er. M. Vijayanand, Lecturer, visited the company.
The visiting group was welcomed by Mr. Ezzat Mohammed Ibrahim, Plant Manager, and guided them to shop floor. He explained the following production processes for manufacturing of plastic bottle containers used for milk and yogurt products packing used by A’Safwah Dairy company:
Blow moulding process
Injection moulding process
At the end of the visit, the plant manager answered the student’s queries. This visit provided a good opportunity for the students to link the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom with practical implication. Altogether, it was a wonderful learning experience for the students as they were acquainted with real working environment of a company.
To strengthen the research skills of our staff, engineering department, Research and Consultancy committee organized a workshop entitled “Effective Online Tools for Research” on 24th of May 2022, 12.15 PM at MECH 15L. The speaker,Dr. Sivamani S., an eminent faculty of Chemical Engineering Department UTAS Salalah, delivered a rich and comprehensive talk about the topic.
The workshop focused mainly on the overview of online tools for various research activities. Also, the presentation aimed to provide participants, hands-on experience in using online tools. The hands on activities during the lecture included, verifying the genuineness of journals, finding suitable journals for publications, bibliometric search, and literature survey techniques were discussed in this workshop. The online tools included usage of prominent websites like, Web of Science, Scopus, Scimago, Elsevier Journal Finder, Springer Journal Suggester, Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester, Wiley Journal Finder, Thick Check Submit, Google Scholar, Publish or Perish, etc is demonstrated.
This event was organized by Dr. Saikat Banerjee, Head of R&C committee (Engg.), Dr. M. F. Rahman, Member of R&C committee (Engg.) and Dr. Rakesh N, Member of R&C committee (Engg.).
A total of 27 participants joined the workshop from the Business and Engineering Departments of UTAS-Salalah. Their feedback received from the participants was overwhelming.
Engineering Department of UTAS-Salalah organized an employee skills development programme on 5S – Lean Workplace on 17/05/2022 between 12.15 and 1.15 PM in coordination with Industrial and Community Engagement Committee. The resource person was Dr. K. Duraivelu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India. He briefed about the importance of organizing our workplace or laboratory and the means in which it can be achieved in a simple manner. This technique will improve the work efficiency through minimizing the wastage and effective utilization of the available space. Dr. N. Sellappan and Ms Arlene Abuda Joaquin thanked the resource person and participants for outstanding contribution and keen involvement in listening to the lecture, respectively.
An outreach program was organized by Civil and Architectural Engineering Section in association with Mount Zion College of Engineering & Technology, Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu, India. It is a webinar on “Introduction to SAP 2000 Software – Beams, Frame & Building Analysis”.
The online event was participated by the students of Civil & Architectural Engineering Section from UTAS-Salalah and II, III and IV year Civil Engineering students of Mount Zion College of Engineering & Technology as live seminar projected on screen in the seminar hall.
SAP 2000 (Structural Analysis Program 2000) is a structural analysis and design software developed by Computer and Structures Incorporated (CSI). It is a general purpose finite element program which performs the static or dynamic, linear or non-linear analysis of structural systems. It is a powerful tool to design structures following different codes. SAP 2000 is a full featured program that can be used from the simplest problem up to the most complex ones. It features powerful graphical user interface in 2D and 3D that is unmatched in terms of ease-of-use and productivity.
The resource speaker Mrs. J. Sheeba Ebenezer tackled the basics of using SAP2000 software and also analysis of Beams, Frame & Building which is widely used in Design offices.
This webinar helped the students to enhance their knowledge and get updated on the current and latest techniques in civil engineering.
The Diploma First Year Staff Development Committee organized a talk titled “Thinking Big Working Small – Basic Characterization Technique for Nanotechnology” on 10.05.2022 at CHEM-7L for the staff. The speaker, Dr. Shabnam clearly explained the importance of nanotechnology and its applications. She also explained the challenges to be faced while practically reducing the particle size to the nano level. These talk gave a broader insight to the staff about nanotechnology.
The Student Development Committee of chemical engineering specialization organized students’ skill enhancement program on calibration and operation of rotational viscometer. The chemical engineering students learned how to calibrate and use a rotational viscometer to measure the viscosity of test samples. This instrument can measure low and high viscosity samples such as skin care products, ointments, and lotions, as well as other fluids. Through skill development programs, chemical engineering students are encouraged to understand and improve their abilities in equipment calibration and related measurements that are also useful in future advanced studies in engineering thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, as well as other related courses, particularly experimental research projects.
The Mechanical Engineering staff attended a workshop on “Simulation using Solidworks Software,” organized by Mechanical Section Staff Development committee on May 11, 2022.
The resource person was Mr. Venkatesan T, of the Mechanical Engineering Section. During the session, the resource person demonstrated a practical approach in explaining the following points, viz., stages in Finite Element Analysis, applying material and boundary conditions, create meshing, run the analysis and plot results from the software.
The resource person adopted an interactive approach to explain the various loading and boundary conditions for beams and plates. Resource person promptly clarified the doubts of the staff members. The workshop served as an excellent tool for the staff members to upgrade their skills and enhance their knowledge in FEA simulation.
One of the most cost-effective ways to keep a plant and equipment on-site safe and secure is to have an efficient workshop. Mr. Said Ahmed Habkook Kashoub, Senior HSE Manager, Raysut Cement Company delivered a workshop at University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS) Salalah-Chemical Engineering, in coordination with Industrial and Community Engagement Committee(ICEC) about the industry's potential hazards and risks, as well as how to continuously monitor those hazards. He also asserted that if the company succeeds in establishing a strong preventive culture, accidents can be avoided. Throughout all types of organizations, health and well-being must be a top priority at all stages.
The goal of this workshop is to introduce the importance of health and safety as well as to provide training and a specific approach to risk assessment. To manage risk and hazard situations, people must be trained and deemed competent.
The Human Resource Development committee of chemical engineering section conducted simulation workshop on DWSIM AND SCILAB related to chemical processes, unit operations, and modeling. The workshop was delivered on April 19 and 26, 2022 by a chemical process simulation software expert, Er. Meka Uma Reddy, Chemical Engineering Lecturer at UTAS, Salalah. Both simulation software are free and open source scientific computing tools. The simulation workshop offers a variety of numerical methods to chemical engineers, researchers, scientists, and chemical engineering students, allowing them to optimize and analyze alternative solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Bachelor level students of Chemical Engineering visited Environment Authority, Salalah in coordination with the Industrial and Community Engagement Committee to learn about practical environmental methods of analysis. By inspecting various samples, ranging from diverse sources of water to soil, the Environmental Authority provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn more about their primary function and how they contribute to the healthy environment.
Throughout the visit, the students learn about innovative technological equipments for physical, chemical, and biological analysis. They also gained a comprehensive understanding of the academic and practical knowledge of their biochemical engineering course after learning about using specific technology facilities in their laboratories.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Section in coordination with the Industrial and Community Engagement Committee organized guest lecture by an industrial expert, Dr Ammar Al Yafai, Senior Control Engineer, Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), Salalah on 22/3/2022 at 9.00 AM in ELEC13L. A guest lecture on “Overview of Wind Energy in Oman” discusses the need of renewable energy resources and policy in Oman, and performance of Dhofar Wind Farm. The event was participated by staff and students of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Ammar encouraged the students to visit the existing Dhofar Wind Farm in Thumrait and come up with possible research.