The Department of Mechanical Engineering is recognised as a Research centre by Anna University, Chennai, for carrying out research work at Masters and Doctorate level.

Currently Six faculty members of the department are carrying out their doctoral research work at the research centres housed within the department.

Many students, at UG and PG level, use these facilities to do their final year and pre-final year project work.


The following faculty members of the department are recognised to supervise research work under ANNA University, Chennai.

  • S Ramesh Babu, Associate Professor - Super plastic formation, Friction stir welding, Non-ferrous metal joining processes.
  • K. Pitchandi, Professor & Head - Fluid Mechanics & Machinery, Heat & Mass transfer, Thermodynamics
  • N Muthukrishnan, Professor - Composites, Machinability study, Optimization
  • R. Ramesh, Professor - Tribology, Behaviour of Engineering Materials, Vibration
  • J. Venkatesan, Professor - I C engines, Heat transfer equipments
  • T. Raja – Professor – Materials processing and characterization, Design engineerinig.
  • S. Saravanan, Professor – I.C. Engines, Fuels and performance.
  • S Ilaiyavel - Associate Professor - metal matrix composites, tribological characterization, multi-layer coating.
  • M. Ananthkumar – Associate Professor – Tribology, Materials
  • M. Prem Ananth – Associate Professor – Tribology, Multi layer coatings
  • P. Raghu – Assistant Professor –I.C engines, Spray characterization, Fuels
  • KEK Vimal – Assistant Professor – Industrial engineering




The department also executes research projects that are sponsored by external agencies like AICTE, DST, DRDO, Tamil Nadu state council for Science and Technology, etc.


The following facilities are available at various labs of our department for consultancy projects.  A nominal price has been fixed for the utilization of these facilities for carrying out research projects.

  • AVL engine – full set up
  • Flow visualization camera – analysing spray angle, spray length, particle size etc.
  • Bio diesel – all equipments required to produce bio diesel by trans-esterification process
  • CFD – Fluent and star CD (licensed) software for flow analysis
  • ANSYS, ADAMS and Pro E Creo V 3.0 (licensed) – modeling and analysis software
  • Tribology – Reciprocating wear tribometer with data acquisition
  • Composites – Fibre reinforced plastics (thermoset and thermoplastics) laminates of size 30 cm x 30 cm (max.) with natural and synthetic fibres.
  • Nano particle suspension in polymer matrix by sonication, stirring, melt compounding and calendaring.
  • Wire saw cutter - cutting the laminates to various standards.
  • Surface roughness measurement (contact type) – turning, facing, drilled, milled surface etc.
  • Pulsed MIG welding
  • Cold metal transfer welding
  • Setup required for Super plastic formation of Magnesium alloys
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Coordinate Measurment Machine [CMM]

The request form can be downloaded, filled and sent to We will contact back once the request is approved.


Four Research projects were approved and sanctioned during March-2013 under Research promotion scheme by AICTE. The details of the same are as follows.

  • "Spray characterization of Diesel and Bio diesel in CI engines " - Dr. K Pitchandi & Mr. P Raghu - grant received Rs. 14.4 lakh.[Completed]
  • "Pulsed MIG welding of Magnesium alloys " - Dr. N Muthukrishnan & Mr. V Gurusamy - grant received Rs. 18.0 lakh.[Completed]
  • "Investigation on vibration charaxcteristics of nano silica/micro rubber reinforced carbon fibre composite structural beams " - Dr. R Ramesh & Mr. C Senthamarai Kannan - grant received Rs. 9.72 lakh.
  • "Machining and Modeling of Fibre reinforced Polymer composites" - Dr. T Raja & Mr. V.Sridharan - grant received Rs. 12.25 lakh [Completed].
  • "Experimental Investigation and ANN Modeling of Al-SiC(10p) Metal Matrix Composites Machining using PCD Insert" - Dr. N. MuthuKrishnan & Mr. R. Ramanujan - Rs. 3.5 Lakh from AICTE under Research Promotion Scheme (rps) on 06-05-2009 - completed during May 2012.

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