KIIT School of Mechanical Engineering Conducts International Conference on Thermofluids and Manufacturing Science

The 3rdInternational Conference on Thermofluids and Manufacturing Science (ICTMS) 2024 was held on March 7th-8th, 2024 at the School of Mechanical Engineering, KIIT-DU. Sponsored by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Government of India, the event brought together delegates pan India and the faculties/students from the School of Mechanical Engineering, KIIT.

Speaking at the inaugural session, the chief guest Prof. Uday Shanker Dixit from IIT Guwahati emphasized the need for striving towards excellence in one’s area of interest. He also noted the need for avoiding unnecessary complexity in research. Dr. Krishnagoud Manda, a leading scientist in biomechanics from Queen’s University Belfast UK, spoke about how interdisciplinary collaboration fosters innovation in breakthrough research. Dr. Spandan Guha, Convener, expressed gratitude to the sponsors: SERB, industry partners COMSOL Multiphysics and Linseis India, and IOP Science for publication support.

Prof. Dixit in his keynote speech deliberated on “Heat transfer modelling of manufacturing process”. Prof. Manda’s captivating presentation on “Composite Scaffolds for Regeneration of Articular Cartilage” resonated with the audience due to its potential impact on human health. The conference included eight technical sessions, half of which were conducted online. Delegates from various locations presented their research virtually. Prof. Santanu Das, a leading researcher in manufacturing science from Kalyani Government Engineering College, delivered a well-received talk on “Green Cutting Fluid in Machining Hard Steel”.

Prof. Saptarshi Basu, a prominent scientist in shock wave research from the Indian Institute of Science, presented a lecture on “Shock Droplet Interaction”, emphasizing heat transfer in molten metal during manufacturing processes. Other noteworthy presentations included Prof. Satish Kumar’s (NIT Jamshedpur) talk on “Multiphase modeling of ash water flow through a centrifugal pump” and Dr. Anties K. Martin’s talk on COMSOL and its application in thermofluids and manufacturing.

The inauguration ceremony welcomed attendees both in person and virtually. Prof. Saranjit Singh, Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU; Prof. Bharat Chandra Routara, Conference Chair; Dr. Debjyoti Sahu, Convener of ICTMS 2024; and Prof. Ashok Kumar Sahoo, Director R&D (Technology) also spoke at the inaugural session.

The valedictory session was held on March 8th 2024. Three best papers were awarded: one each from Manipal University, Karnataka; NIT Jamshedpur; and BIT Mesra. COMSOL presented gifts worth Rs. 3000/- each to the best paper presenters. Prof. Kunja Bihari Sahu, Dean of UG programs at KIIT-DU, acknowledged the organizers’ efforts. The chief guest of the valedictory function, Prof. Santanu Das, provided constructive feedback for improvement in future conferences. The guests of honor, Prof. Saptarshi Basu, IISC Bangalore and Prof. Purna Chandra Mishra, Dean (Research), SME, KIIT both emphasized the importance of continued collaboration for interdisciplinary research. Feedback from participating delegates praised the hospitality, CRF facilities, and the visit to KIIT. Dr. Gyan Sagar Sinha, Conference Secretary, delivered the closing vote of thanks.