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  • 14 Mar 2024
  • Automobile Smart Class Room (U304)


The Department of Automobile Engineering recently conducted a seminar focusing on the investigation of hybrid honeycomb sandwich panels with incorporated nano clay. The event took place in the department's smart classroom (U304) on March 14, 2024. Dr. M. Edwin Sahaya Raj, Associate Professor of Automobile Engineering, served as the convener and inaugurated the seminar. He also introduced Mr. P.V. Prasanth, the resource person for the seminar. In recent times, there has been a growing trend towards replacing non-degradable composites with natural fiber composites. These natural fiber composites offer biodegradable properties coupled with remarkable strength. During the seminar, various types of natural fibers such as banana fiber, charcoal, paddy fiber, hemp, pineapple, and sisal were highlighted, along with their individual properties and applications. The necessity and benefits of utilizing these natural fibers were thoroughly explained, particularly in the automotive industry where lightweight materials are in demand. Natural fiber composites fulfill this requirement by providing both lightweight characteristics and enhanced strength to automotive structures, including body components, flooring, roofs, and panels. In the automotive sector, panel materials are expected to possess high machinability properties, a requirement effectively met by these composites. Additionally, while floor and column strength are moderately valued, the emphasis remains on minimizing weight. This is crucial for enhancing fuel efficiency in vehicles. More than 35 participants attended the workshop, and a delightful refreshment was provided for their enjoyment.

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