One of the oldest, broadest and crucial branches of engineering, Mechanical Engineering is an ever-demanding course. With the advancements in technology and sciences, more and more sophisticated designs are analysed and manufactured.
From Physics, to Mathematics, to Material Sciences, to Computer Sciences, it is an intertwined and convoluted discipline. It is used in aircraft, heating and cooling systems, medical devices, weaponry. It directly reflects our daily life.
A lot of effort must be applied by the student to grasp all the basic fundamentals and to create a career out of it. And we, at ASTI, help students to achieve this goal by creating a pathway in their field of interest. And because of all the broad usage of this branch, it is very crucial to have skilled engineers from the department. So, the students pursuing this field of interest must be very dedicated and choose the best place where they can develop and cultivate their skills and talent.
WHAT MUST A STUDENT DO?
The student must have superior qualities of Problem Deduction. The student must be able to recognize the main problem in the given problem statement, find the most lucid solution to it, transcribe it into a mathematical and physical problem and then give the most beneficial and accessible solution.
The student must refurbish their skills regularly and be updated with the latest advancements in the fields of science and technology. They must be more and ardent in understanding and solving real world problems to gain experience and knowledge.
The student most not constrain themselves to the course books and materials only, even though they provide the basic and required fundamentals. And fundamentals of physics and mathematics are a must, as they play a very crucial role in the understanding of the subject.
This wide field is divided into many sub-divisions, among which the student can chose their area of interest and pursue it later, after receiving a brief basic and overview of all the major subdivisions in their course. A student must never halt only at Bachelor level and must pursue Master level education to comprehend and develop their vision of the discipline.
WHAT MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OFFERS
As the discipline is vast it has many subdivisions, but some are major. The basic fundamentals of all mechanical engineering come from Mechanics. It itself consists of various sub disciplines. But, every mechanical engineer must through and through with it.
When electronics comes into mechanics – Mechatronics is formed. And the best simple output of this inter-discipline is CD – ROM drive. And the most in-demand application of mechatronics is – Robotics. Robotics has definitely revolutionised the industrial world today. It has very wide
Another inter-disciplinary division is Structural Analysis. It is the combination of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Creating objects in itself is a task. But maintaining it is another task. This division identifies why an object fails and how to improve its performance.
Thermodynamics is an applied science used in several branches of engineering, including mechanical and chemical engineering. At its simplest, thermodynamics is the study of energy, its use and transformation through a system.
FUTURE OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Science is ever-expanding. It opens new areas of research, opens wide possibilities to enhance the world today. The major areas which are coming into the limelight and under which extensive researches are undergoing.
In Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems, micron-scale components are designed and produced.
A new type of wielding, Friction Stir Welding, joins un-wieldable materials, makes a new alloy with superior properties.
Like alloys when materials come together they provide new properties. This comes under composite material development.
As the technology is moving towards making all the big machines smaller, we move towards nanotechnology, Pico technology to design and create minute sized machines.
Finite Element Analysis is a computational tool used to estimate stress, strain, and deflection of solid bodies.
Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to biological systems, such as humans, animals, plants, organs, and cells. Over the past decade the Finite element method (FEM) has also entered the Biomedical sector highlighting further engineering aspects of Biomechanics.
Computational fluid dynamics, usually abbreviated as CFD, is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve and analyse problems that involve fluid flows. Computers are used to perform the calculations required to simulate the interaction of liquids and gases with surfaces defined by boundary conditions
WHAT MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO
Generally mechanical engineers design and overlook the process of manufacturing. They take care of various products like batteries and medical devices. They also design power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.
To create and analyse designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work Mechanical Engineers use computers. Also, to make calculations easy, they use super computers.
A Mechanical Engineer is not just needed today, a skilled Mechanical Engineer is.
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