NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON EMERGING TRENDS IN SPECIAL ELECTRICAL MACHINES - November 23, 2016

A, three day, national level workshop on “Emerging trends in Special Electrical Machines” was conducted by the Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering of Sree Buddha College of Engineering (SBCE), Pattoor from 23rd to 25th November 2016 in the college campus for the Post Graduate (PG) students and faculties of the Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) of SBCE as well as other colleges in Kerala. The inaugural ceremony was performed on 23-11-2016 by the chief guest of the day - Dr. Mini, Associate Professor, College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET), in the presence of Dr. Suresh Babu, Principal – SBCE, Mr. K. K. Sivadasan, Treasurer, Dr. Benny Thomas, HOD – EEE, SBCE, Dr. Bhass, PG dean and Dr. Mithun M. S., the Workshop Coordinator, by lighting the lamp. The workshop was intended to develop awareness among PG students, researchers and faculties regarding the significance of Special Electrical Machines (SEM) in today’s world owing to their much better performance features and lesser energy consumption than the conventional rotating machines that are currently used. It was attended by over 40 participants from within the college and outside. The invited talks in the workshop highlighted the latest designs of SEM available in the market, their control algorithms and some special applications of these machines. It also had hands-on sessions conducted by VI Microsystems, Chennai, for its participants. The key-note speakers of each day were from reputed institutions within in India; on the first day, the forenoon lecture was conducted by Dr. Mini of CET, who explained the design and analysis of a Surface Mounted Permanent Magnet Vernier Motor for robotic applications. Later in the afternoon, Dr. Vijayarajeswaran, MD, VI Microsystems, presented an overview of the various controllers used for controlling these SEM. On the 2nd day, Dr. Jiji from Government Engineering College Thrissur (GECT) demonstrated the design and control of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM) using Maxwell – Simplorer software. The key-note speakers for the third day were Sri. Anish Gopinath, Scientist – Avionics Group, VSSC Thiruvananthapuram and Sri. Kedarnath, Senior Research Fellow, IIT Madras. Sri. Anish Gopinath explained how a BLDC motor can be used for electro-mechanical actuation control systems for aerospace applications, while Sri. Kedarnath presented the latest developments in sensor less control of PMSMs. The workshop finally concluded on 25-11-2016 evening, after a closing ceremony convened by Dr. Mithun, workshop coordinator.