ASME, founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is a professional association that, in its own words, "promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe" via "continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach”. ASME was founded in 1880 by Alexander Lyman Holley, Henry Rossiter Worthington, John Edison Sweet and Matthias N. Forney in response to numerous steam boiler pressure vessel failures. ASME also has a student development section which focuses on budding engineers and helps them to develop the skills to compete in the international arena. ASME Student section in India was started in the year 2010 with IIT Roorkee, IIT Delhi, BITS Pilani and other pioneer institutions in India as its initial members. Within 4 years the number of student sections rose from a handful to over 200. Indian section is currently the fastest growing ASME section in the world with new additions every year. In the year 2012 the Mechanical Engineering Department of Baselios Mathews II College of Engineering joined the elite rank of ASME sections in India thereby making itself the 3rd college from Kerala to have an ASME student section. Currently BMCE is the forerunner for ASME activities in Kerala and is mentoring new sections to benefit the most from ASME. As a veteran student section, the students from BMCE have attended all the national level events conducted by ASME. Jibin John of Mechanical Department was elected as the Zonal Representative of Zone 8 (Kerala & Tamilnadu) at the Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) held at Koneru Lakshmaiah University, Vijayawada. The ASME BMCE section and Meqnzo (Mechanical Engineering Association) conducted a workshop on RC Aircraft Design and Fabrication in association with Aerotrix on 12-13 August 2012. The workshop was attended by over 200 students from all over the country. A team of final year students from BMCE participated in the first ever ASME HPVC (Human Powered Vehicle Challenge) held at IIT-Delhi on 17th -19th Jan 2014. A team of pre-final year students have participated in the Student Design Competition (SDC) at BITS-Pilani on 28th -30th March 2014.Many more programs are scheduled to be conducted in the coming days.
ASME HPVC 2014
ASME's international Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market. The first ever ASME Human powered Vehicle Challenge India (HPVC) was held on 17 January 2014. Students from Baselios Mathews II College of Engineering competed in the event after designing and fabricating their own Human Powered Vehicle. They were the only team from Kerala to participate in the said event. The vehicle fabricated was christened as Pegasus. Over 40 teams from all over India participated in the event including IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, BITS- Pilani, NIT- Jalandhar etc. The event was sponsored by Red Bull and Dassault systems. The vehicle was tested for its safety features which included disc brakes, seat belts and roll over protection system as well as its mechanical efficiency. Since the safety features were found to be above par with the ASME HPVC safety standards, the vehicle was qualified for racing event. This allowed the students to test the vehicles on road performance. The vehicle performed admirably, running more than 30kms without suffering any mechanical/structural failures. The team secured first place in safety, fifth in design, and eighth in overall.
There are currently three ASME Student Chapters in Kerala and we are one among them. We were the ones who initiated the mentorship program mainly to spread ASME Student Section in Kerala. List of colleges:-
1. Bishop Jerome Institute School of Engineering, Kollam on 13th Feb, 2014.
2. FederalInstitute of Science and Technology, Angamali on 7th March, 2014.
Due to continuous efforts of our student section, two colleges have send petitions for the formation of ASME Student Chapters in their respective colleges and one other college is in the process of sending their petitions for forming a student section. It is mainly to spread ASME across the zone and to support or meet goals identified as building blocks for skill development and career growth.
Autodesk Inventor workshop
As part of ASME Students Chapter, the students of s6 Mechanical organized a CAD workshop on 10/03/2014 conducted by Autodesk Student Expert Visakh R S(BMCE Team Lead) which gave the students in-depth knowledge about advanced modeling tools which were not covered by the university syllabus. Software used was Autodesk Inventor which is used by over 8 million engineers worldwide. The topics covered included 3D Sketch, Design Accelerator tools- Frame generation, Chain/Belt generation, Dynamic Simulation and parametric stress simulation. The students also gained expertise on assembly constrains.
We hosted a webinar on the “BENEFITS OF BEING AN ASME MEMBER” conducted by Mr. Hardik Tiwari, the then Student Chairman (ASME District G) which was attended by over120 Students & Staff members. The impact of the seminar was so profound that 73 students registered for ASME student membership on our starting year
As ASME Stands for safety, students ASME Student Chapter organized a webinar on the topic 'Machine safety & scope of Mechanical Engineers in safety field" conducted by Arul Reny of Laing O' Rourke on 28th Feb 2014.The students were awakened on the need for safety in various industries and how to minimize risk of lives.
KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMMES
OPEN HOUSE EXHIBITION
On 25th Feb 2012 the students of neighboring schools were given a chance to learn what it feels to be an engineering student. Machine Shop, IC Engines, FM Labs were open for the students to learn and Experience. The experience was enchanting to most students and they have benefited a lot from the insight given by our highly trained faculty members. A doubt clearing section was made available in which the students were given chance to ask small doubts they had. Their doubts were explained properly and everyone encouraged them to ask more and more doubts.
MODEL SHOW AND DISPLAY (KSRTC AND INDIAN RAILWAY)
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the state-run bus company in Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest state run public bus transport services in India. As part of inauguration of auto club ASME BMCE organized an exhibit of automobile parts on 23rd Feb 2012. The engines were provided by KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation). Also there was a display of Railway engines and coaches by Indian Railway. The exhibit also contained cut sections of engines which were used by students to understand the working of an IC engine. The students probed and prodded the engines to their heart’s content. They were given a chance to assemble and disassemble the engine set and gear drive of the various vehicles in the KSRTC’s array.
BMCE-ASME student branch is conducting a RC Aircraft workshop in association with Aerotrix that was held on 12th and 13th August 2013 at Baselios Mathews II College of Engineering, sasthamcotta. This workshop aims to enrich the student’s knowledge on the theory behind aerodynamic modeling of aircrafts and functioning of different parts through lectures and interactive group activities. It will also develop the participant’s skills in basic wireless electronic instrumentation and aircraft parts handling. The said workshop is divided into 4 modules which include understanding flight and basics of aerodynamics, design of aircraft, fabrication of aircraft and flying using remote control.
This workshop by AerotriX gives the participants an opportunity to understand the theory behind the functioning of aircrafts and aircraft design. It makes the participants innovate by coming up with their own design of mini aircrafts and fabricating them as per their design. This workshop takes the participants through a series of interactive lectures and design sessions supplemented by practical sessions, thereby providing a complete learning experience.