Engineering Department News

The Bachelor level students of the Electrical Engineering Section, Engineering Department are performing two Industrial projects at Dhofar Generation Company DGC, Raysut and Dhofar Beverages & Foodstuff Company SAOG. The project details are as follows:

    In Dhofar Generation Company, Raysut, 3 students are doing Project on “IoT based Star-Delta Starter for Dhofar Generating Company”.
  • In Dhofar Beverages and Foodstuff Company SAOG, Saadah, 6 students are doing project on “Study of PLC based automation for conveyor control in Dhofar Beverages and Foodstuff Company SAOG”.

The company provided different challenges related to the field of Electrical Engineering and students are enthusiastically learning the real time environment in their respective projects.

Students from the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering specialization visited the authorities of civil defence and ambulance in Salalah, Dhofar area, for a real lecture and workshop on HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) awareness. The major goal of the programs is for students to comprehend and learn about fire prevention and preparation in the event of an incident. Implementing efficient chemical processes and safety measures helps to reduce incidents and accidents in the manufacturing plant.

In the chemical engineering specialization, a strong understanding of the operations of fire prevention is very important as students deal with various hydrocarbons even in their current practical courses. At the end of the visit and lecture, students obtained information and comprehension of the necessity of process safety and fire prevention.

The students of the Chemical Engineering Diploma Level project presented their project, "Bio-coagulants for the removal of metals from the dairy wastewater industry," in the final round of the 4th youth research forum (2022), sponsored by Qatar University from March 9–10, 2022, via virtual event. The primary purpose of the research project is to develop a cost-effective and ecologically acceptable way of converting industrial waste into clean water that may be utilized for water recharge, plant watering, and agricultural sector consumption in the region of Dhofar.

The competition is competitive and is composed of several preliminary rounds, a semi-final round, and the final round. The research competition event was attended by the GCC (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain) and neighboring countries such as Iran, Morocco, and Palestine. This research conference strives to promote a scientific research culture in younger generations while also confirming their role in influencing change. It also offers opportunities for growth and advancement via scientific research and innovation.

Engineering Department – Chemical Engineering Section organized visits to various industries for students’ industrial collaborative projects in coordination with Industrial and Community Engagement Committee. The bachelor level students of chemical engineering perform their academic projects in an industrial setting utilizing purely theoretical modeling designs. Chemical engineering design is a field of study that entails the development of designs and specifications, including economic assessments, as well as the evaluation of safety and risks for variety of applications in industries such as oil and gas exploration, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience and be able to comprehend chemical operations and project planning while using CHEMCAD and P&ID software.

There are six (6) industrial projects in the Phase 1 category this 2nd semester:

1. Studies on the OCTAL Effluent Treatment Plant Process and the Design of a Mixing Tank

2. Study the Production of LPG in OQ (LPG) and the Design of the Absorption Column

3. Studies on the Production of Methanol from Natural Gas at OQ (Methanol)

4. Studies on PET Process Manufacturing Plants in OCTAL Petrochemicals and Design of Equipment

5. Study of the Wheat Refining and Milling Process with Silo Design in Salalah Mills Company

6. Studies on the Desalination of Seawater by Reverse Osmosis in Dhofar Desalination Company

Phase 2 of the project will take place during the 3rd semester, with focus on plant layout and economic studies. External industrial experts are invited to evaluate the final project viva.

The University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah, Engineering Department, Diploma First Year Staff Development Committee organized a faculty industrial visit on February 3,2022 to Dhofar Beverages and Food Stuff Co. S.A.O.G.

Dhofar Beverages and Food Stuff Co. S.A.O.G. is one of the largest beverage company in Oman that engages in the canning, bottling, and distribution of soft drinks and mineral water in the Sultanate of Oman, Yemen, and Somali.

During our visit, the plant manager, Er. Jahangir, explained the various processes of converting groundwater into drinking water before it is sold in the market. The different unit operations involved in carbonated beverages and PET bottle production made the visit more informative and interesting to the Diploma First Year faculty.

The Engineering Department, Chemical Engineering Section, of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah visited Dhofar Beverages and Foodstuffs CO., S.A.O.G. The company has been selling beverages for 40 years and is one of the largest beverage companies in Salalah, Oman. The main objective of the industrial tour is to provide exposure and awareness of emerging innovations in the plant's overall operation and process.

Mr. Jahangir Sheikh, Factory Manager, explained the complete process and operation of the company, which engages in the canning, bottling, and distribution of soft drinks and mineral water in the Sultanate of Oman, Yemen, and Somalia. Visiting industries provide a combination of knowledge and engagement with both theory and practical applications of the latest technological developments, as well as the opportunity to improve teaching and learning skills.

Project Title:

Studies on Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant in Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company SAOG

Project Details:

The students of chemical engineering visited Sembcorp on December 13th, 2021 gain more knowledge regarding the desalination process and observe the operation, process control monitoring, and laboratory testing facilities of the plant. The plant, which has a contracted capacity of 445 megawatts and a contracted water capacity of 15 MIGD (million imperial gallons per day) for reverse osmosis, has been in full commercial operation since May 2012.

The group of students who visited the company designed a plant that has a capacity of 240,000 metric tons per day and 20 million gallons per day of drinking water that is technically viable, acceptable, and cost-effective. The design process studies the system of reverse osmosis as it is the most effective treatment for drinking water. During the khareef seasons, the demand for potable and drinking water in the Dhofar region increases due to the influx of tourists and the region's rapid industrialization. The design project is the chemical engineering program's final project course, intended to build on and consolidate knowledge gained in previous courses.

List of Students

Section 1

Name of the Supervisor: Dr. S. Sivamani

S. No.

Student ID

Name of the Student

1

46S1422

Khadija Ahmed Salim Ba Omar

2

42S162101

Muna Said Mohammed Kashoub

3

46S1517

Fatima Abdullah Ali Matooq Airoon Al Shahri

4

42S163014

Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al Shanfari

5

42S15196

Abdul Rahman Said Ali Jadad

Section 2

Name of the Supervisor: Dr. Naveen Prasad

S. No

Student ID

Name of the Student

1

42S1786

Maroa Mohammed Awadh Shujaib

2

42S1796

Reem Ali Salim Al Shanfari

3

42J1813998

Zamzam Musallam Bakhit AL Awaid

4

42S163245

Said Awadh Salim Qatan

5

42J179612

Mohammed Said Bakhit Al-Mashani

The Industrial and Community Engagement Committee (ICEC) has invited Mr. Tauqir Ahmad, General Manager – Logistics, and Mr. Mazin Abdullah, HR Manager, from Majan Mining Company to visit the University on December 16th, 2021. Majan Mining Company LLC was founded in 2006 with the goal of producing the purest limestone for the steel and cement industries. Major steelmakers in the Middle East and Asia now rely on the company's mining activities due to the purity and consistency of both the product and the company's direction.

The Engineering Department's accomplishments in terms of industrial projects, industrial partnerships, and equipment facilities were presented by Dr. Said Omar Al Mashikhi, Head of the Engineering Department. On the other hand, Dr. Majdi Mohammed Bait Ali Sulaiman, Chairperson of the ICEC and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at UTAS-Salalah, discussed strengthening university-industry collaboration through trainings, projects, and research and development.

Moreover, visitors had a glimpse of the modern laboratory facilities of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. Laboratory personnel explained the applications and significance of the equipment in relation to the real-world setting in the industries.

The Civil and Architectural Engineering staff of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah attended a webinar on Sustainability from an Engineering Perspective via MS Teams on the 15th of June 2021.

The speaker was Prof. Khalifa S. Al-Jabri (PhD, FICE, F.ASCE) from the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University. He started with the importance of understanding sustainability and social responsibility embedded on Engineering as a career. Then he gave an overview of the United Nations 17 Goals of Sustainable Development by challenging the attendees that civil engineers and architects could contribute towards the achievement of these goals.

The webinar concluded with a fruitful interaction between the speaker and the attendees. The success of the webinar was attributed to the Section Staff Development Committee coordinated by Ar. Jyoti S. Gidavir.

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