Diversifying the Bailiwick with Computational Techniques and Mathematical Modelling
Niharika | Feb 05, 2018
Since its inception in 1964, the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has emerged as a powerhouse for academics, scientific research and cutting-edge technologies. With the passage of time, the department grew noticeably and established new realms of research and teaching in Materials engineering while retaining its strength in traditional areas in Metallurgical engineering. The department is actively involved in research activities with reputed R&D organizations and industries throughout the country.
On 1st-3rd November 2017, the Computational Metallurgy group of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department with the support of Toshniwal Brothers organized a workshop on Computational Techniques and Mathematical Modelling. The theme of the workshop revolved around MATLAB and Simulink, Molecular Dynamics, LAMMPS, Animation and Image Processing, LabView, Optimization techniques, Numerical analysis, Cellular Automata, and Microstructure modelling. The organizing team included the professors of Metallurgical and Materials engineering department: Dr Syed Nasimul Alam, Dr Snehanshu Pal and Dr Natraj Yedla.
Following are the details of the program:
Prior to the inauguration, the registration started at 8:00 am in PPA and was followed by the inauguration ceremony which commenced at 9:30 am in the same venue. The eventful day began with the session on MATLAB and Simulink by Dr Syed Nasimul Alam at LA 210, Computer Lab. This encompassed various topics including the Numerical methods, Image Processing and making models using Simulink. It was succeeded by the session of LABVIEW and Data Acquisition by Dr Gopalakrishna Srungavarapu at 2:30 pm.
The second day witnessed an illuminating session by Prof.S. Ganguli of NIT Raipur on the Evolutionary Computation in Engineering Optimization Problem. Moreover, this was further accompanied by a session on Mathematical Modelling, LAMMPS by Dr Natraj Yedla. He threw light upon the modelling and simulation, molecular dynamics simulation, structural characterizations and introduced various visualization tools like VMD and OVITO. He also introduced the LAMMPS (Large Scale Atomic Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) and gave hands-on training for writing codes in LAMMPS
The final day was set in motion by the comprehensive session of Dr Snehanshu Pal on Mathematical Modelling, Molecular Dynamics. He provided a broader panorama of the interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer scope in integrated computational materials engineering for designing futuristic materials and extended his lecture on Cellular Automata and its application in materials. Finally, the workshop concluded with the session on Optimization techniques by Prof. S.K.Patel.
When asked about his experiences while conducting the workshop, Dr. Syed Nasimul Alam quoted:
It was a nice experience for me to organise the workshop in our institute and we were supported by Toshniwal Brothers. Yet, we faced certain challenges. Reaching out to the entire nation and spreading the message about our workshop to various Institutes and Organizations all over the country was a herculean task for us.
We at Team MM hope that more such workshops related to the domain of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering will be organized by the institute to increase the knowledge as well as the exposure of the students to the innumerable prospects that the department has to offer.