Industrial Visit

The new execom of IEEESBCET conducted its 1st industrial  visit on  29th January, 2011(Saturday).40 students in all from electrical, electronics,  applied and computer science were taken to  Kerala Electrical & Allied  Engineering Co. Ltd (KEL), Kundara. We set out  from college at 7 in the  morning  and paused  on the way for breakfast. We reached KEL by 9 and was greeted by the  GM; Mr.Sreekumar sir. We were assisted by the employees during the visit. Cast iron and scrap metals  were melted in an induction furnace and mild steel was made. The slag is  removed occasionally.


The various sands used in the foundry process were explained and the ways of mixing them was briefly  demonstrated.  Preparations for  moulding were demonstrated and the casting process was explained. The preparation of are done there. Pulleys (axial and alternator) and end shields are made here.


Next we visited the alternator section where rotor and stator are made. The 18mm thick steel sheet for yoke is supplied by SAIL. laminations of mild  steel were packed together on the rotor and pressure was applied to reduce  air gaps. Likewise  laminations of mild steel were used to make stator poles  too. The windings were laid on the stator and  Kraft paper was used as an insulator.


Then the assembling section was visited where the rotor and stator are assembled  together. The whole unit id dipped in hot varnish  for insulation  and to prevent rusting. Alternators are given colour  coding (ivory  blue for  4.5kW,navy blue for 25kW etc…).


Finally the testing section was visited where the alternators are checked for their reliability.


12 kW alternators specially designed for powering Janashatabdi Express Trains of Indian Railways is also manufactured here.


The final products are given to BHEL, Indian Railways and Military.


After having lunch from KEL canteen, we went to the Adventure Park, Kollam for recreation. On the way the 1st years were made familiar with the  previous and the current execom members. We reached there by 1 in the  afternoon. We had a lot of fun there. Students were actively involved in  interactive games. We left the park by 2.45.


Thereafter we set out to Varkala beach, Trivandrum. A number of informal sessions  were  conducted. On the way back to the college we shared our experiences. The bond between the students was strengthened. After all  IEEE is all about networking!


We reached college by 6.30pm.

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Anirudh Chandrachoodan

Activity Coordinator





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