Dept. of Mechanical

Vignan foundation for science, technology and Research University has established advanced facilities to propagate emerging technologies and train manpower in the field of computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. This centre acts as a crucial link to foster the development of high value-added services and to streamline product innovation processes to the industries

The primary function of the Centres is to promote Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) applications in the field of Mechanical Engineering and develop teaching and research expertise for the benefit of students and industry personnel. The Centre promotes University-Industry interaction through collaborative research programmes, extension courses and consultancy services. The Centre is actively assisting the local industries in developing mechanism, die and mould making, complex part manufacturing, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering applications.

Computer-aided engineering is playing a growing role in higher education in the disciplines of science and engineering. At the undergraduate level, students use engineering simulation to learn physics principles and gain hands-on, real-world experience that can jump-start their careers. At the postgraduate level, researchers apply simulation tools to solve complex application problems. Commercial organizations regularly partner with educational institutions to foster innovative research - sometimes at the basic level - that can lead to breakthrough solutions.

The ideal simulation solution is one that scales for application by a wide range of users, from multiple teachers to students to researchers. ANSYS provides a wide range of affordable technologies and services to help meet the growing and diverse needs of academia. Universities, colleges and research institutes around the world turn to ANSYS for high-quality simulation solutions to ensure students receive the best possible education.

Project Objectives

  • The primary function of the Centres is to promote Computer-Aided-Engineering (CAE) computer - Aided Manufacturing (CAM) applications in the field of Mechanical Engineering and develop teaching and research expertise for the benefit of students and industry personnel.
  • The Centre promotes University-Industry interaction through collaborative research programmes, extension courses and consultancy services.
  • The Centre is actively assisting the local industries in developing mechanism, die and mould making, complex part manufacturing, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering applications.

  • Facilities

    The Advanced Mechanical System Design and Analysis (AMSDA) research Centre is equipped with 42 IBM workstations and has a world class high-end CAD/CAM/CAE Softwares
    Software Available

  • ANSYS 16 (50 user)
  • CREO 2.0 (50 user)
  • CATIA V6 (20 user)
  • Simulia (10 user)
  • CAM Express (NX8) (50 user)
  • Workstations 42 Nos.

  • 1SIEMENS CAM Express 8.03,71,180/-10/11/2012Empower Consultancy pvt. Ltd., Chennai
    2CATiA V6 PLM Discover Pack 8,92,000/-12/28/2011EDS Technologies pvt. Ltd., Bangalore.
    3Pro-E WildFire-3.0, Iron Cad-9.02,26,125/-10/19/2006AdroitechInformations Systems
    4ANSYS3,80,000/-09/15/2003ANSYS Software Pvt. ltd
    5CadianMech3,87,560/-03/09/2003CAAM Technolgies
    CNC Milling & Lathe

    Computer Numeric Control (CNC) is the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium (computer command module, usually located on the device) as opposed to controlled manually by hand wheels or levers, or mechanically automated by cams alone. Most NC today is computer (or computerized) numerical control (CNC) in which computers play an integral part of the control.

    In modern CNC systems, end-to-end component design is highly automated using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs. The programs produce a computer file that is interpreted to extract the commands needed to operate a particular machine by use of a post processor, and then loaded into the CNC machines for production. Since any particular component might require the use of a number of different tools - drills, saws, etc. - modern machines often combine multiple tools into a single "cell". In other installations, a number of different machines are used with an external controller and human or robotic operators that move the component from machine to machine. In either case, the series of steps needed to produce any part is highly automated and produces a part that closely matches the original CAD design.

    CNC Milling Machine
    CNC Turning Center

    1Flexmill CNC Milling with MTAB Industries Controller, tooling package11,24,491/-11/10/2014MTab Engineers Pvt.Ltd.
    2Flexturn CNC turning with MTAB Industries Controller, tooling package 10,25,560/-11/15/2013MTab Engineers Pvt.Ltd.

    Green growth fuel or algal biofuel is a contrasting option to fluid fossil powers that utilizations green growth as its wellspring of vitality rich oils. Likewise, green growth powers are the other option to ordinarily known biofuel sources, for example, sugarcane. Like fossil fuel, green growth fuel discharges CO2 when copied, yet not at all like fossil fuel, green growth fuel and different biofuels just discharge CO2 as of late expelled from the air by means of photosynthesis as the green growth or plant developed. The vitality emergency and the world sustenance emergency have lighted enthusiasm for alga culture (cultivating green growth) for making biodiesel and different biofuels utilising land unacceptable for agribusiness. Among algal powers' alluring qualities are that they can be developed with an insignificant effect on crisp water assets, can be delivered utilising saline and wastewater, have a high glimmer point, and are biodegradable and moderately safe to nature if spilt. Green growth cost more per unit mass than other second-era biofuel crops because of high capital and working expenses, however, are asserted to yield somewhere around 10 and 100 times more fuel for each unit zone.

    This lab focuses on building an environmental sustainability component into the high school classroom. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive collection of activities that teach scientific principles through the lens of alternative fuel production. We continue to develop new labs, lessons, and supplies in our Biodiesel Lab, but we also encourage teachers to submit their ideas and materials to us as well.

    Biodiesel is a cleaner burning renewable alternative to diesel fuel that is made from biological sources; namely vegetable oil or animal fats (triglycerides). It is mixable with diesel, stable in mixture, and can be burned in an unmodified diesel engine at any concentration.

    List of equipment in Bio Diesel Research center :
  • Single Cylinder Engine with DPF setup
  • Smoke meter (NETEL India Ltd)
  • Sohxlet operator
  • Gas analyzer
  • Magnetic stirrer
  • Trans esterification setup
  • Available Testing Facilities :
  • Constant Speed Variable Load Test
  • Constant load and variable speed test
  • Engine performance Test at constant speed for long run. 10 hours/20 hours etc
  • Engine tests with biodiesel and other additives
  • Engine tests with super-charting mode
  • Engine tests for Emission Analysis
  • Test for Finding Friction power of the Engine
  • Engine test with arrangement of Diesel Particulate Filter.


    Centers of Excellence represents D.N.A of the research culture and in a way are the culmination of the individual research efforts of a faculty or a group of faculty. To enable research, promote research environment and support the faculty involved in them,theuniversity provides facilities, incentives and avenues for accomplishing the goals in research and development. In this connection, several initiatives like training and mentoring faculty to take their research interests a notch higher by applying for funding from VFSTR (in the form of SEED fund specially created by the management) and from the external funding agencies like DST/DRDO etc., All such efforts materialized in the form of Research Centers and Centers of Excellence.

    The Institution aims to make experts in the areas of composites and play a role in transforming solutions to the existing problems of manufacturing. Development of High performance rigid composites made from glass, graphite, kevlar, boron or silicon carbide fibers in polymeric matrices in aerospace and space vehicle technology applications. Development of Secondary fiber (from waste virgin products like Flexes, bottles, disposable glasses etc.) reinforced polymeric composites for low cost applications. Facilitates UG, PG students and Ph.D. Scholars to understand the theory and application of composites across multiple technological disciplines. Impart practical exposure on the various methods and practices of composites technology. To provide the experience and expertise for participating in major research programs. Provide a career-path to the Faculty in the emerging area of composites.

    In the recent past considerable research and development have been expanded in Composite materials. Composites are one of the most advanced and adaptable engineering materials known to men..Composites are heterogeneous in nature, created by the assembly of two or more components with fillers or reinforcing fibers and a compactable matrix. A composite material can provide superior and unique mechanical and physical properties because it combines the most desirable properties of its constituents while suppressing their least desirable properties. Identidied Areas High performance hybrid composites for fireresistant applicationsDevelopment of Secondary fiber reinforcedpolymeric composites for low cost applications.

  • Development of Nanocomposites
  • Nano natural fibers, Nano ceramic fibers
  • Nano metal flakes
  • 100 Ton Hydraulic press with heaters
  • Drum winder, Single Screw Extruder,
  • MeltFlow Index,
  • Universal Testing Machine
  • CNC Mill
  • CNC Lathe
  • Hydraulic Vertical Injection Molding
  • Machine (Semi-Automatic).Semi-Automatic Pneumatically Operated
  • Blow Molding Machine.
  • Preparation of mold / die for a product isdesigned using ANSYS 15, CREO, CATIA, NX-8.
  • Hand-layup mold.
  • Simulia (CATIA) software is available.
  • Digital Micro hardness Tester HVS 1000B
  • Muffle Furnace for Heat Treatment.
  • Metallurgical Microscope DQS I4 with Anti-fungal and Plan Achromatic Lensmagnification with 1000X with imageanalysis software.
  • Flexural Testing Machine
  • Compression Testing Machine
  • Sieve Shaker - Gyratory (motorized)
  • Ramakrishna Malkapuram, Vivek Kumar and Yuvraj Singh Negi, Recent Development in Natural Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Composites" Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites" 2009, 28(10) 1169-1189
  • Ramakrishna Malkapuram, Vivekkumar and Yuvraj Singh Negi, "Novel Treated Pineneedle fiber reinforced polypropylene composites and their characterization" Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, 2010; 29 (15)2343-235.
  • PavuluriM.V.Rao and V.V. SubbaRao"Estimating the failure strength of Fiber metal laminates by using a Hybrid Degradation Model" International Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites (SAGE), vol.62, no.2 , pp.22-28
  • PavuluriM.V.Rao., V.V. SubbaRao and Rajagopalachary T, "Estimation of in-plane off-axis strength of Fiber Metal Laminates consisting of Magnesium layers and GFRP laminas" International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, vol.5, no.12, pp.21192126
  • PavuluriM.V.Rao., V.V. SubbaRao and T. Rajagopalachary, "First Ply Failure Analysis of Fiber Metal Laminated Plates Subjectedto Uniformly Distributed Loads", InternationalJournal of Advanced Engineering andApplications, vol., no., pp.206-209
  • Prasad. T. V. S. R. K., Satyanarayana. D., and K. Phaneendra Kumar. "An Integrated Model for Production - Inventory - Distribution Supply Chain", International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Technology, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 55-65.
  • NadendlaSrinivasababu, K. Murali Mohan Rao, J. Suresh Kumar, "Mechanical and Dielectric Properties of PTSL FRP Composites", Advanced Materials Research, Trans Tech Publications Inc., Switzerland, ISSN: 1022 - 6680, Vol. 585, 2012, pp. 311 - 316.
  • T. Prudhvee Krishna, N. Srinivasababu, N. Ramesh Babu, S. Adhikari, "Assessing the Impact Performance of PC/ABS blends on addition of PC with Glass", Indian Journal of Applied Research, The Global Journals, Ahmedabad ISSN: 2249-555X, Vol. 3, Iss. 2, 2013, pp. 121 - 122.
  • NadendlaSrinivasababu, J. Suresh Kumar, K. VijayaKumar Reddy, "Manufacturing and Characterization of Long Palmyra Palm/ BorassusFlabellifer Petiole Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composites", ProcediaTechnology, Elsevier, Vol. 14, 2014, pp. 252 - 259, DOI: 10.1016/j.protcy.2014.08.033.
  • NadendlaSrinivasababu, J. Suresh Kumar, K. Vijaya Kumar Reddy, "Mechanical and Dielectric Properties of Thysanolaena Maxima (Broom Grass) Long Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composites", Procedia Materials Science, Elsevier, Vol. 6, 2014, pp.1006 - 1016, DOI: 10.1016/ j.mspro.2014.07.171

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering consists of a strong team in Research and Development.The thrust areas of research are fludized bed combustion, bio mass and solar energy utilization, composite materials, Nanocomposites and hybrid composites. Faculty of this school are actively involved in research publications in the various reputed journals and conferences


    Faculty of this school are actively involved in the research projects. DST , AICTE and APCOST projects were carried out in the field of fluidized bed combustion, thermal conducitiviy of nanofluids and solar energy.

     DST Projects

    Sno Title of the project Funding agency Amount From To Outcome of Project
    1 Combustion of Agro-waste with Fluidized Bed Technique Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi Rs. 3.6 lakhs Nov. 2003 Dec. 2005 Completed
    2 Performance and Emission Studies of Algae Biodiesel in a CI Engine Equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter. Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi Rs. 24.81 lakhs 2013 - Ongoing
    3 Tool condition monitoring by analyzing, vibration of cutting tool or work piece and surface roughness Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi Rs. 42.00 lakhs Nov. 2014 - Ongoing

     AICTE Projects

    Sno Title of the project Funding agency Amount Date of Sanction PDC Current Status
    1 Augmentation of Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids AICTE, New Delhi Rs. 6.9 lakhs June2008 -- On going
    2 Moderaization of computer aided design / Computer aided manufacturing laboratory AICTE, New Delhi Rs.7.00 Lakhs March 2011 -- Completed

     Under Progress Projects

    Sno Title of the project Amount Name of Scheme
    1 Augmentation and Optimization of surface finish in electrical discharge machining (EDM) process by using single wall carbon nano tube and multi wall carbon nano tubes Rs.19.2 Lakhs RPS
    2 Preparation & Characterization of Nano Hybrid Biocomposites Rs.19.9 Lakhs RPS
    3 Developing a viable business model for production, bottling and commercial use of biogas: a pilot project for women dairy farmers in Nizampatnam, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh Rs.76.23 Lakhs SEED, DST
    4 Study and analysis of process stability of an arc in double pulsed current gas metal arc welding Rs.43.20 Lakhs DST
    5 Investigation of changes in mechanical properties and microstructure & analysis of tool vibration in friction stir welding Rs.62.00 Lakhs DST

     APCOST Projects

    Sno Title of the project Funding agency From To Outcome of Project
    1 Hydrodynamics of rice husk in fluidized bed APCOST, Hyderabad Feb 2002 May 2002 Completed
    2 Hydrodynamics of Fluidized Bed APCOST, Hyderabad March 2002 June 2002 Completed
    3 Low Cost Water Cooling System APCOST, Hyderabad March 2003 June 2003 Completed
    4 Hydrodynamics of Municipal Solid Waste pellets APCOST, Hyderabad March 2007 June 2007 Completed
    5 Design and Fabrication of Solar Pressure Cooker APCOST, Hyderabad March 2007 June 2007 Completed Completed
    6 Biliquid solar cooker APCOST, Hyderabad March 2007 June 2007 Completed
    7 Fabrication of biodegradable composites APCOST, Hyderabad March 2007 June 2007 Completed
    8 Development of new Hybrid composite material and its characterization APCOST, Hyderabad Feb. 2009 June 2009 Completed

     Tie - Ups

    Any research cannot be completed without the collaboration of various people who are experts in the related fields especially in the academic institutions. In this direction, the school has some collaborations with the national and international bodies to carry the experimentation in their advanced laboratories.

     Collaborations at National Level

  • Dr.K.PhaneendraKumar of Mechanical Engineering Department are in collaboration with Mr.I.Srikanth and Dr. G.V.Rao of DRDO, Hyderabad to carry out research on Preparation and Applications of Nano Composites.
  • Dr.K.PhaneendraKumar of Mechanical Engineering Department are in collaboration with Dr. B.Sridhar and Dr.A.S.R.Krishnamurthi of IICT, Hyderabad to carry out research on characterization of composites.


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