Experiential Learning Centre

 

Experiential Learning

 

The goal of the Experiential Learning initiative is to give students an opportunity to solve real-life engineering problems in the early years of their graduation. The hands-on activity keeps their enthusiasm intact and gives them a chance to develop skills that are essential in an engineering career. Experiential activities focus on gradual exposure of students to the industrial machines, components, tools, processes, safety protocols, design standards and international regulatory compliances to build strong design vocabulary.

 

Semester wise activity list

We have integrated experiential learning throughout our undergraduate programs to induce self-learning through research-led teaching learning practices and open ended engineering design projects. Students undergo experiential learning activities in five different semesters.

 

 

SEMESTER

ACTIVITY

1st semester

Dissection of professional mountain bicycle and engineering design challenge

2nd semester

Dissection of portable internal combustion engine and automobile transmission

3rd semester

Design of mechanical structure and pneumatic control system for a chair testing machine

4th semester

Design and testing of a CNC machine tool drive and control system

5th semester

Design and testing of a custom plate type heat exchanger

 

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Dissection of professional mountain bicycle and engineering design challenge

During the first semester the students have little or no knowledge of engineering, so the students dissect and explore popular engineering objects and use the newly acquired knowledge to conceptualize a new design. In this engagement students, in groups, are given bicycle. They take apart the bike axle (back, front or crank), handle bar assembly and the rear suspension. In later part of EL day, they develop a concept and make sketches or drawings of a special needs bicycle.

 

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Dissection of portable internal combustion engine and automobile transmission

In second semester, students get to dissect and reassemble a portable internal combustion engine and automobile gearbox. The EL day ends with a reflection session where the students discuss their observations with each other and expert faculty. The students form groups and solve design challenge under the guidance of faculty with specialization in related areas of engineering.

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Design of mechanical structure and pneumatic control system for a chair testing machine

The goal of this activity is to expose the students to use of pre-engineered parts to prototype machine quickly and economically. In this machine design thread with pre-engineered components, students learn about machine structures and pneumatic systems. In the process they learn about data sheets and part selection and fabricate the pneumatic system of a chair testing machine.

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Design and testing of a CNC machine tool drive and control system The students are given a working CNC machine and they are expected to take apart all the components and reassemble the machine. In this machine design thread with pre-engineered components students learn about linear motion elements, pulleys, screws, belts and actuators. This also facilitates the understanding of principles behind computer-controlled machines and programming.

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Design and testing of a custom plate type heat exchanger

The objective of this activity is to expose students to the basics of the heat exchangers, concepts, materials, temperature and flow measurement techniques, etc. Students learn computational fluid dynamics, importance of controllable parameters, overall dimensions, and  fabrication of a plate type heat exchanger.