Thursday, 7 December 2017

Are People born talented?

When we look at great personalities we often say “I wish I had that talent”. Is it true that certain people are born with talents? .The answer is quiet simple ,”it is just an excuse to not to try for it”. We often showcase great talents like Mozart who by the age of 10 had managed to compose great compositions as an example for born talents. But, in reality his talent was simply the result of his hard work or more correctly his passionate work. He had spend more than 3000 hrs composing tunes before he was 6 yrs old .We people often neglect this very important point in his success journey. We are too lazy to work for our goals because of which we often put on the fault on the destiny.

Now if it is true that people are not born talented then why some people are extremely productive and some others just not? The formula for success in any field lies in two factors. Firstly, how bad you want it and secondly how hard will you go for it. A large number of people begin their journey but a very few reaches their destinations, this happens because, people are confused with the intensity of their need. If our need to achieve something is not up to a do or die level, then the chances for holding on to the goal is feeble. You might have noticed that in the beginning I had replaced hard work with passionate work, working hard to get something will definitely yield you results but if you are just working hard without any inner motivation then your results will be limited to average .

Now, it’s time to rewire our brain. The saying “nothing is impossible “is not just words they are the building blocks of a successful life. If you really want to achieve something then just go for it. Remember not to give anything less than 100%.

Avinash A Nair

Second Year Mechanical Engineering

Monday, 18 September 2017

Winners of Quest INGENIUM 2017!

Our graduates have once again made us proud!

Jobby George and Jose Tom, Mechanical Engineering students of 2017 batch, have become the winners at the QuEST Ingenium 2017 that was held on 15th September in Trivandrum. This was from a competition that saw nearly 6500 projects from all over the country!

They won the top honours for their project – Electricity Generation Using Speed Breakers. Apart from the cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, these two students will also get an all-expense paid trip to the Airbus facility in Germany where they will be given an exclusive tour of the facility and introduced to the manufacturing processes and cores engineering side of the business. 

The project team also consisted of Cibin Geevarghese, Amal Abraham and Glen Martin Thomas. The project was guided by Asst Professor Arun K Varghese.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Kudos to Akhil, our alumnus !

We proudly share before you an impressive achievement by one of our alumni, Mr. Akhil R. Nair. He is the first person ever to win the grand prize of ₹ 10 lakhs from ‘Still Standing’, a quiz-based programme broadcasted in Mazhavil Manorama channel.

A Mechanical Engineering graduate (2013 batch) of SAINTGITS, Mr. Akhil had been a great resource for our college during his academic period and have brought many achievements then too in various quiz competitions. He played a vital part in setting up ‘Q-SENATE’, the quiz team of SAINTGITS.

Catch the programme on 9th and 10th september at 8:30pm in Mazhavil Manorama channel

Monday, 4 September 2017

Onam Wishes!

Team ME wishes you a very happy onam!

(Image Created by Adithya C Vinod of Third Year Mechanical Engineering.)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Making of the Automated Appam Maker

For those who haven’t heard, ‘appam’ or ‘palappam’ is a traditional food in South India mainly in Kerala. 

Manual way of preparing appam is tedious when it comes to mass production. This is an era of automation where it is broadly defined as replacement of manual effort by mechanical power in all degrees of automation. The operation remains an essential part of the system although with changing demands on physical input as the degree of mechanization is increased.

We aimed to automate the time consuming and tedious processes in the food industry. In the present scenario human work force is eliminated in every possible situation, leading to an increase in the efficiency to a large extent. We have tried to touch an unexplored area of automating appam making process which has a huge potential in South Indian food culture. It allows the user to obtain ready-to-eat appam at the press of a button without any skilled labor.

This was done as the project work part of our B Tech course. I was a part of the team including my classmates Praise Sabu, Sreerag MP, Sukesh PP and Vaishak S Kurup guided by Mr. Nandu S, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department. We all are happy that this project got well recognized in various technical events.

Toney Varghese
2017 Batch

Mechanical Engineering

(More than just an academic work, this project got funded by KSCSTE and bagged various prizes in different project competitions like SRISHTI 2017 organised by SAINTGITS and second prize in National Innovation Challenge organized by TechTop at IIT Delhi.)

Congratulations to the team for this achievement!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Apollo 13 - Movie Review - A must watch movie for Engineers

The power of films to inspire, ignite and instill ideas and ideals has always been a very fascinating yet intriguing phenomenon that the world always loved and still loves to observe. It’s the same reason that almost over 80% of the people like to keep a checklist of must watch films.

Depending upon the interests of the people the checklists can vary but still they always make sure to add only the best movies that anyone could possibly think of. Fitness freaks would always love films like generation iron and car fanatics would always top it with the fast and the furious series. But the most interesting checklist of all would definitely belong to an engineering student just because he looks for ideas however far-fetched they may seem at first. But whatever happens one thing’s clear. They’ll always have technical movies at the top of their list. And any list like this is never complete without the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster Apollo 13 which is actually based on a true story describing man’s hunger to conquer the vastness of space.

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American docudrama directed by Ron Howard. It dramatizes the aborted 1970 lunar mission Apollo 13 which was adopted from the book:” Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13” written by the original mission commander Jim Lovell.

The film depicts astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert on America’s 3rd lunar landing mission on the Apollo 13.Jack Swigert was the replacement member for the original mission crew member Ken Mattingly who was later replaced as he was susceptible to measles unlike the rest of the crew. En route to the moon a rupture in one of the oxygen tank deprives the spacecraft of the power and guidance for landing on the moon and forces the crew to abort the mission. The mission then takes a turn for the worse and becomes a race against the clock to bring the astronauts down safely back to earth.

Unlike most of the sci-fi movies that cook up stories on space adventures into the never ending galaxies and the vast expanses of space using high tech graphics, Apollo 13 does not boast any. Each and every thing down to the spacecraft and NASA mission control were made by hand at the Universal Studios. Apollo 13 hugely depicts the engineers and pilots as heroes in the face of grave overwhelming odds. All throughout the film the Apollo 13 crew come about situations where they are forced to make decisions that would very well mean life or death. The ability of engineers to bend themselves according to the needs of the situation are shown repeatedly especially when they try to fit a square CO2 scrubber inside a cylindrical case for use inside the spacecraft. Every second of the movie shows you the “Never out of the game” mindset that has enabled man to reach heights that previously were considered impossible. The film also teaches us the lesson that “everything happens for the good”.

The film reaches the end in a climax where Ken Mattingly replicates the exact conditions of Apollo 13 in the simulator and creates a reentry procedure for Apollo 13. The film ends where the Apollo 13 LEM or lunar ejection module lands in the south pacific on April 14 1970. The last part describes the life events that transpired in the subsequent years for the men behind the Apollo 13 missions.

For many the Apollo 13 isn’t so high tech a film. But it really shows that we don’t need graphics for a high end movie. Apollo 13 is certainly a run for your money whether in 1995 or in 2016. Very few films depict engineers as heroes, even fewer are taken from the lives on living breathing individuals and even fewer with a brilliant all-star cast so if you haven’t seen Apollo 13 then “Houston we have a problem”.

Akhil Binu
First Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Team Striderz - Pride of our department

Team Striderz Members

Team Striderz from SAE India (Society of Automotive Engineers) unit of Mechanical Engineering Department of SAINTGITS successfully participated in SAE BAJA 2017 competition.
The competition was held from 15 - 19 February 2017 in Pithampur with the All-Terrain Vehicle developed by the team. The vehicle cleared on-site technical inspection, Engine test, Brake test, Acceleration test & Maneuverability and also completed 4 laps in the Endurance run.


Flagging off ceremony by Principal
The team was led by Mr. Sentison Mathew of final year Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty Advisors: Er. Bibin Varkey and Er. Arun K Varghese (ME Department)


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Speed of an Electron

Have you ever thought of the speed in which your rooms get lighted up ,when you just turn your switch on. Some of you may have .Of course , I had that curiosity and I am happy to share the results with you.

It was interesting to notice that the speed of an electron whose motion results in electric current is smaller than that of a nail! You can flip a light switch and watch a lamp five feet away turn on in an instant .But to watch a single electron travel from the switch to the light , you would have to wait for an hour.
The speed at which electrons flow through a wire is called “electron drift”,and it happens at around 0.1 – 0.4 millimeters per second.Pit an electron against your average snail,which travels around 3- 10 millimeters per second,and it’s not even a contest .But if electrons move so slowly, how can a switch turn a lamp instantaneously? Think of a tube filled with balls:if you add a a ball at one end ,a ball will come out at the other end at almost the same instant,even though each ball didn’t move that far on its own.

Like wise ,if we replace our tube with a copper wire and the balls with electrons,the same results can be obtained .Those electrons are packed in so tightly that even a small movement will travel down the wire from electron to electron at an impressive speed , letting you turn on the lights without having to wait for electrons to travel the whole way.

Akhil Binu
First Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

Saturday, 14 January 2017


A team of physicists and chemists from UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL created this diamond with electric current that can last longer than the history of human civilization and more interestingly, it is powered by nuclear waste.

Why is it important?

Nuclear power has much more advantage compared with fossil fuel but when it comes to byproduct, nuclear waste is more harmful. The reason is that nuclear waste stays dangerously radioactive for thousands of years. So instead of dumping nuclear waste deep under Earth's surface, it can be used for making artificial diamonds which can provide current.

How is this artificial diamond battery is made?

Scientists used radioactive Nickel-63 for their first model and working on Carbon-14 for next model.Carbon-14 is the radioactive form of same element diamonds are made of.
In nuclear reactors Carbon-14 is found on the outside of graphite blocks which moderates the nuclear fission process enabling a controllable chain reaction.
When the usage of this graphite blocks are over, the radioactive Carbon-14 on the outside wall of the blocks are removed by heating and this isotope of carbon is then made into radioactive diamond at low pressure and high temperature.
This small diamond generate electric current when placed ina radioactive field . This gives a nuclear powered diamond battery. But still it is radioactive. For using it, another non radioactive diamond layer is formed around the radioactive diamond which completely absorb all the dangerous radiations and converting it into even more electricity. This final diamond product emits radiations less than that a single banana emits making it 100% efficient and safe to handle.
Radioactive Carbon-14 has a half life of 5730 years making it long lasting. So it can be used in satellites and even in pacemakers.
The development of this new technology solves some of the problems for nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life truly taking us into the DIAMOND AGE of power generation.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Gym that floats

Have you ever wondered how cool and refreshing it would have been to exercise or work out standing in the middle of a beautiful terrain or landscape may it be a park, ocean, mountain tops or magical city? Well now it's going to be possible with Paris's new floating gym, where one can enjoy the breath taking view of "The City of Lights" while running on a treadmill. 

This floating gym is a 20 meter long vessel which travels down the river by harvesting energy from the passengers workout. This gym was designed in collaboration with three major companies :Technogym, the leading fitness equipment manufacturer; Terreform ONE, a non-profit architecture group and URBEM, a urban regeneration institute. By doing exercise on the ARTIS bikes and cross trainers, people can continuously contribute to power the boat, which in turn will sail along the Seine on its route through the city, providing access to anybody who wants to use it.

The augmented-reality screens installed on the boat will show guests both the quantity of energy delivered from the workout, and data about the Seine’s environmental conditions that are tracked in real time by sensors incorporated on the vessel. Encased within a transparent glass covering, open in the summer, the gym allows an extraordinary view of the urban panorama. And at night, the boat can even be used for parties and celebrations.

Sanju Joshi
Second Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

Monday, 2 January 2017

How driver less cars work

Driver less cars are going to be the next step in the automobile world, also the biggest challenge faced by car manufacturers in the world. This so called concept was introduced in the late 1960s mainly in various hollywood sci-fi movies ( first movie 'Herbie' in 1969 ). 

Electronic sensors are the major components involved in the working of a driver less car. They are also called autonomous cars. The cars detect their surrounding using a Radar, Lidar, GPS, odometry and camers enabled computer vision. We are familiar with Radar and GPS, but what about Lidar, odometry and computer vision? Lidar is the combination of two words laser and radar. The distance of the object is measured by the time taken in sending and receiving the laser beam. Odometry is the use of data from motion sensors to estimate the change of an object's position over time. Computer vision is the process of converting visual images into descriptions that can interact with other processes and obtain actions by using a machine. The control system in the car analyse all the sensory data from these sources and then combine and make instantaneous decisions over time. 

Right now we are in a hyper innovative stage of development of driver less cars. No one knows what will happen and when it will happen. But of course it will happen soon and various companies such as Google, Tesla, Apple, Volvo etc are on the verge of introducing the vehicles into market. And soon drunken driving and rash driving will soon be in the history text books of our children.

Sanju Joshi
Second Year Student
Mechanical Engineering

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