Important areas of research for faculty members in the department include Nanotechnology, Nano Fabrication and Nano Precision Optics. In addition, research is ongoing in the areas of Mechatronics including Robotics, Automation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
In addition to research in the areas mentioned above, the following research projects are also currently underway in the department.
This project involves the development of an adoptable gripper with flexibility, dexterousness and load capacity analogous to the human hand for robotics and medical application. However the principle can be applied to various other applications such as micro robots, pipeline inspection robots, underwater robots and walking robots.
Experiments were conducted using various materials, rubber, plastic, neoprene, nitrile etc, The neoprene tubes (synthetic materials) were found to be more effective than natural rubber tubes during experiments. However, nitrile rubber is used for manufacturing the FMA for the robot gripper.
The humanoid multi-fingered gripper can be fitted to the amputated hand or those who have lost their hand in accident or in war. This artificial hand can also be fitted to the chair or cot using an arm and can be used to work like a servant to feed the patient.
This project involves the development of aluminium/SiC Discontinuously Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites (DRMMC) through liquid route and the study of their tribological properties.
The tribo pair selected for the system is commercially available brake pad. Experiments were planned based on Central Composite Design for Surface Response Method. The wear rate and coefficient of friction were analyzed using ANOVA techniques.
The objective of the project was to estimate the effects and interactions of the tribological parameters like Load, Temperature and Sliding Velocity. Different characterization studies like OM, SEM, EDX, etc. were used for characterizing the materials before and after the tests.
High temperature wear properties of C/C composites were studied through tests conducted on a High Temperature Wear Test Bed.
A composite of Fe-Cu was used as the friction material for the tests. A coating of SiC was developed on the surface of the C/C composite by using heat provided by SHS reaction between Ti and C.
Characterization studies like OM, SEM, EDX, etc. were done before and after the wear tests.