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Departmental Infrastructure

The department has required basic facilities such as workshop, machine shop, Energy conversion Lab, Fluid Mechanics lab, Design and Computer based Mechanical oriented software lab, material testing / metrology and foundry labs. The up-gradation of the laboratory for higher studies and research is under progress.

Further,  facilities for Metallurgical studies, Wear and Corroison  test facilities are being set up to facilitate the departmental research scholars to carry out their research activities as part of Research and Development activities of the department. The possibility of taking up ‘external consultancy’ is also thought off.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at SaIT is well equipped with various laboratories and workshops totaling 13 in number including four laboratories based on computer systems. All the equipment in the laboratories are up-to-date and the laboratories are designed not only to cater to the requirements of curriculum coverage, but also to assist in the final semester project work by the students. A brief description of the thirteen laboratories is given below:

The workshop is a compulsory laboratory for all the departments in the first year. It is fully equipped with bench and leg vices, anvils, welding machines, soldering set up and power driven machines like drilling machine, portable drilling machine, bench grinder, etc. and adequate number of surface plates, height gauges, vernier calipers, in addition to files, hacksaw frames, chisels, punches, scribers, etc
Students work in an airy atmosphere under safe conditions.
Computer-aided Engineering Drawing Laboratory
  Equipped with 70 state-of-art computers, This laboratory caters to the first year students of all departments. Students learn engineering drawing in the first angle projection using Solid Edge Software. Each student has one computer for himself / herself and after instructions given using an LCD projector, proceeds to understand the intricacies of drawing and carries out the exercises, availing of assistance from faculty / instructor as needed
Metallography & Material Testing laboratory
This laboratory, specific for the Mechanical and   Civil students only, is equipped with :
  • Specimen preparation machines including polisher
  • Metallographic microscopes
  • Non-destructive test set up
  • Impact testing machine
  • Hardness testers [Rockwell, Brinell and Vickers]
  • Universal Testing Machine
  • Torsion Testing Machine
  • In addition to serving the second year students, this laboratory also helps in final year projects.
Mechanical Measurements & Metrology Laboratory
  This laboratory is also for the second year mechanical students. It is used to teach the student about calibration and how measurements are made accurately and precisely. The laboratory is equipped with:


  • Apparatus for calibration of pressure gauge
  • Apparatus for calibration of thermocouples
  • Apparatus for calibration of LVDT
  • Apparatus for calibration of load cell
  • Apparatus for determination of modulus of elasticity using strain gauges
  • Optical Projector
  • Toolmaker’s Microscope
  • Autocollimator / Roller Set
  • Lathe Tool Dynamometer
  • Surface Plate
  • Gear Tooth Micrometer
  • Bevel Protractor
  • Sine Center
  • Slip Gauges
  • Optical Flats
  • Vernier Calipers, Micrometers, etc. etc.
Foundry & Forging Laboratory
A second-year Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, this lab teaches the student how metallic items are formed by foundry and forging.
  • Equipment for preparation of sand molds like:
    - Molds, sand pit, implements weighing 
       machines and patterns
    - Universal sand testing machine
    - Permeability tester
    - Core hardness and mold hardness tester
    - Sieve analysis apparatus
    - Apparatus for determination of clay content
      in sand
  • Melting furnace
  • Five numbers hearths
  • Anvils and swage blocks, hammers and tongs, etc. for forging
Machine Shop
  Another Second year mechanical engineering laboratory is intended to teach the students as to the working of various metal processing machines and on-hand usage of these machines. It is equipped with lathes – both belt driven and gear driven, shaping machines, milling machines, radial and simple drilling machines, grinders, sheet bending machines, etc.

The machine shop is also useful for fabrication-related final year projects.
Computer-aided Machine Drawing Laboratory
Machine drawing is taught to the mechanical engineering students in the second year. Software like AUTOCAD, Solid Edge, etc. are used in this laboratory and individual student is instructed and prepared for making, reading and correcting machine parts and assembly drawings.  
Fluid Mechanics & Machinery Laboratory
  How fluids flow, how much power is required for transfer of fluids from one place to another and what are the friction and other losses while transfer as well as the fluid-based machines are important for everyman.

The Fluid Mechanical and Machinery laboratory (third year mechanical engineering) has various equipment for the student to experiment, learn and equip himself / herself with the basics and some advanced concepts:


  • Apparatus for determination of friction in pipes
  • Apparatus for determination of minor losses through pipes
  • Determination of force developed by impact of jets on vanes
  • Calibration of Orifice Meter, Nozzles, Venturimeter, V-Notch and other notches
  • Performance testing of
     -Pelton Whee
     -Francis Turbine
     -Kaplan Turbine
     -Sigle stage / multistage centrifugal     
     -Reciprocating pump
     -Two stage reciprocating compressor
     -Air Blower

After this laboratory course, the student would be able to analyse even small flows [like blood flow though veins, etc.]

Energy Conversion Engineering Laboratory
A third year mechanical engineering laboratory this laboratory knowledge transfer regarding fuels and their properties as well as and working and efficiency, running as petrol as well as diesel.

The laboratory is equipped with:

  • Abel, Pensky and Martin and Cleavland Apparatuses

  • Apparatus for determination of value of solid liquid and gaseous fuels

  • Redwoods, Saybolts and Torsion Viscometer

  • Value Timings /port opening diagram of I.C engines

  • Planimeter

  • Four stroke Diesel Engine

  • Four stroke Petrol Engine

  • Multi Cylinder Diesel/Petrol Engine

  • Two stroke Petrol Engine

Computer Aided Modeling & Analysis Laboratory
   The student in the third year of the BE course, carries out exercises on analysis of engineering components (beams, plates, etc.) , structures and fluid flow (both static and dynamic analysis) as well as thermal analysis using software like ANSYS.

Each student is provided with an individual computer loaded with all software.
Heat & Mass transfer Laboratory
This laboratory (third year) assists the student to conduct experiments to study the thermal behavior of materials. The laboratory is equipped with:
  • Apparatus for determining the conductivity of metals

  • Apparatus for determining the overall heat transfer coefficient

  • Effectiveness of metallic fins

  • Free convection and forced convection experiments

  • Determination of Stefan Boltzman constant

  • Finding parameters for heat exchangers

  • Boiling and condensation experiments

  • Heat transfer in heat exchangers

  • Performance tests of vapour compression refrigeration and air conditioning systems

CIM & Automation Laboratory
   The final year mechanical engineering student gets acquainted with the generation of programming for machining of parts on computer numerical control (CNC) machines. Turning and milling machines are covered. Software like ESPRIT, FANUQ are used. Again, the student has a computer all to himself / herself. 
Design Laboratory
In this laboratory, the final semester mechanical engineering student will get first-hand working knowledge regarding dynamics of machinery, vibration as well as mechanical engineering design.

The laboratory is equipped with:

  • Apparatus for determining natural frequency etc. of vibrating system

  • Apparatus for balancing of rotating masses

  • Apparatus for determining the critical speed of a rorating shaft

  • Determination of fringe constant using photoelastiicity apparatus

  • Determination of stress concentration using photoelasticity

  • Porter / Prower / Hartnel Governers

  • Journal Bearing testing equipment

  • Use of strain rosettes

  • Use of strain gauges to find stresses
    Gyroscope and applications

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