An important R&D activity
in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is developing
a systematic approach and software tools for collaborative
engineering of cast components used in automobile, aerospace,
farming, mining, machine tools, electrical, consumer, and
other products. Over the last one decade, several elements
of a framework, code-named WebICE (Web-based Intelligent
Collaborative Engineering), have been developed and used
for solving industrial problems.
The framework allows product, tooling and manufacturing engineers
to design, analyze, and improve a casting for lower cost and
higher quality assurance using software tools and Internet.
The system can troubleshoot and optimize many castings ranging
from a few kilograms (e.g. compressor casing and medical equipment
housing in aluminium-alloys) to several tons (e.g. hydraulic
pumps and press tool parts in ferrous metals). The projects
are carried out through involvement of product, tooling, and
manufacturing engineers, coupled with continuing education
programmes to impart the necessary theoretical background.
Prof B Ravi,
Mechanical Engineering Dept,