Chemical Engineering

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Chemical engineering occupies a unique position at the interface between molecular sciences and engineering. Chemical Engineering fundamentals draw from physics, chemistry, mathematics and increasingly biology, which are combined with engineering art to understand and control molecular and macroscopic processes in these diverse systems. Chemical Engineering, in essence, concerns the economic design and operation of chemical plants. Chemical engineers sometimes are called ‘universal engineers’ because of their broad scientific and technical mastery in all the areas of engineering.

A chemical engineer may be involved in industry or university research where they are tasked in designing and performing experiments to create new and better ways of production, controlling pollution, conserving resources and making these processes safer. They may be involved in designing and construction of process plants where they use their knowledge and expertise in selecting the plant equipment, its erection and commissioning and optimum method of production and the strategies to increase the profitability. They are also involved in the operation, streamlining, and management of the plant units.

Apart from being involved in design, operations and management of the “traditional” chemical plants for manufacture of basic chemicals, petroleum, polymers, pharmaceuticals, cement, fertilizer, mineral processing and processed foods, the discipline is fast expanding and the new science and engineering are helping develop technologies that are more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly, today’s chemical engineers are spearheading new developments in medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology. microelectronics, advanced materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, and environmental solutions.

The department has a long-standing history of excellence in undergraduate education with its inception in the year 1980 with an annual intake of 15. Currently, the department has more than 250 undergraduates. The graduate students of the department are in high demand both in industry and academia and it is certain that the breadth and versatility of the training imparted to the students from the department will continue to open many new opportunities for chemical engineers in the future.

The Department has a strong core curriculum complemented by electives in the important emerging areas, at undergraduate level. The curriculum of chemical engineering adopted in the department is on par with renowned institutions elsewhere in the country and aboard. The undergraduate curriculum is being constantly upgraded to make the students aware of the state-of-the-art developments in the area and enable them to be globally competitive.

The department is endowed with highly qualified teachers of which a significant number are Ph.D holders from IIT’s who are dedicated teachers and researchers that carry out cutting-edge research in core areas of chemical engineering, as well as in inter-disciplinary areas like nanotechnology and biotechnology. The department is proud of its highly experienced teachers with an average teaching experience of 20 years. The department provides a vibrant and creative learning environment for the students. The members of the faculty extensively interact with the scientists and engineers of research and development institutions, industries and faculty of other universities. The faculty of the department serves as members of the Board of Studies and faculty of Engineering and Technology of the University of Kerala and other universities.

The Department is provided with very good experimental facilities for undergraduate course and a strong technical staff. The laboratories have been modernized and significantly upgraded. Many new and compact experimental setups have been added to meet the increase in student intake. Plans are on the anvil for further development of infrastructure for teaching and research.

The Department has strong links with industry with interactions spanning consultancy, training and industrial visits. The department provides the students ample opportunities to interact with scientists of research institutions like ISRO,NIIST Trivandrum (CSIR), Senior engineers/managers, various process industries like BPCL-Kochi Refineries, HLL Life Care Ltd, Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (KMML), FACT, Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Binani Zinc Ltd and a host of public and private sector industries available around. The students are given short term in-plant training in these organizations. The facility to carry out the final year projects in industries is extended to the students under the joint guidance and supervision of the faculty and industrial experts. Further the students are given opportunity to interact with CEO’s of leading software companies, experts from industries and consultancy organizations.

The alumni are important stakeholders and have provided generous support in different ways. The alumni of the department is at the helm of affairs of many Government and private organizations in the design, manufacture, and operation of process plants and machinery in industries like petroleum/ petrochemicals, fertilizers, mineral processing, rubber, cement and other chemical industries.

The Student Chapter of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) functions in the department and all the students are members of the chapter. The department had been bestowed with the honor of the “Best IIChE Student Chapter” award among the 55 odd student chapters available in the country in the year 2006. Apart from conducting several programmes in the department on behalf of the Chemical Engineering Association and the IIChE student Chapter, the students are given opportunity to take part in the regular technical talks, seminars, discussions and workshops conducted by the IIChE, Trivandrum Regional Centre. The department also organizes Energy-Environment awareness programmes on behalf of the Kochi Refineries Ltd (KRL)-TKM-ENCON-CLUB

 

Vision & Mission

VISION

Attainment of recognition by all stakeholders as well as peers as a department of choice for higher learning in the discipline and allied areas, that strives for excellence in teaching, outstanding research, scholarly activities and apply engineering expertise in meeting societal needs.

MISSION

  • Prepare the students for graduate study through an effective curriculum and produce chemical engineering professional who can serve the industry and the society at large by imparting the best of scientific and technological knowledge.
  • Provide competitive and stimulating academic environment to nurture creativity, self learning and inter-personal skills.
  • Foster the pursuit of new knowledge and innovative ideas in chemical engineering through industry-institute interaction and facilitate progressive research.
  • Practice ethical approach, pursue sustainable development and instill a passion for lifelong learning.

Contact Information

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Dr. K.B RADHAKRISHNAN

Professor

Head of the Department,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
TKM College of Engineering,
Kollam-5, Kerala


Email: hod.chemical@tkmce.ac.in

Office Phone: 04742712024

Mobile: 9447205767

Department Info

 

Course Duration Intake
 B. Tech 4 Years (8 Semesters) 60

 

Programme Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s)

  • Succeed in their chosen career path, as practitioners in process industries and organizations or pursue advanced technical and professional degrees.
  • Exhibit the required mathematical and problem solving skills and competencies, necessary to adapt to the changing technologies and become lifelong learners.
  • Possess integrity and ethical values both as individuals and in team environments and address global and societal issues including health, safety and protection of environment.

 

Program Outcomes (PO’s)

The Program Outcomes of UG in Chemical Engineering are:

  1. Use the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering to derive solutions for Chemical Engineering problems.
  2. Identify, formulate and analyze chemical engineering problems and draw meaningful conclusions.
  3. Design components, systems and products that meet quality, safety, environment and economic requirements.
  4. Perform investigations using research methods, devise experiments using appropriate principles, evaluate data effectively and draw sound conclusions from the analysis.
  5. Use modern computing tools necessary for mathematical analysis, information retrieval, document preparation and communication.
  6. Function as socially responsible engineers, by applying contextual knowledge to assess health, safety, legal and cultural issues in professional practice.
  7. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate the knowledge and need for sustainable development.
  8. Demonstrate commitment to ethics and responsibilities in professional practice.
  9. Play an effective role as an individual and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multidisciplinary settings and demonstrate respect for cultural diversity.
  10. Communicate effectively and write cogent reports and design documentation, make effective presentations and give and receive clear instructions.
  11. Identify, design and manage projects, devise implementation strategies and realize the same.
  12. Engage in independent and lifelong learning in the broadest context of technological change and build up professional skills.

Programme

B.Tech.- Chemical Engineering (Full Time Graduate Course)

BTech in Chemical Engineering Programme of our college is affiliated to University of Kerala.

Admission Eligibility

Candidates with a pass in the Plus – Two Examination of Kerala Higher Secondary Board or its equivalent with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as optional subjects or any other examination accepted as equivalent thereto, securing a minimum of 50% marks in Mathematics and 50% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together are eligible for admission.

Admission is made by a selection committee constituted by the Government of Kerala

Reservation to SC,ST and other communities are available as per rules and regulations of the Government from time to time

15% of the seats are reserved under Management quota . Those who want to get admission under the Management quota should apply to the management and qualify the Engineering entrance examination conducted by Commissioner of Entrance Examination; Government of Kerala

Duration of the Course:

The programme is conducted in eight semesters.

Library

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The Department Library maintains a number of books and journal subscriptions, accessible to the members of the department. Apart from the institute’s central library, Chemical Engineering department library contains over one thousand books spanning a wide range of topics to supplement the needs of UG Chemical Engineering students. The library also houses Project and Mini project dissertations, Seminar reports and Industrial Training reports of students and University question papers of the previous years. The library also has photocopying and browsing facility. The department library subscribes to the following two Journals from CSIR- National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR):
1. Journal of Scientific & Industrial research
2. Indian journal of Chemical Technology

Details of Books and Journals in the department library:
1. Total Number of titles: 833
2. Total Number of books: 1259
3. Journal of Scientific & Industrial research: Monthly subscription for the year 2016.
4. Indian journal of Chemical Technology: Bimonthly subscription for the year 2016.

The library works from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on all working days.

Library-in-charge: Ms. Sreesoumya S. Nath (Instructor Gr.II)

 

 

 

Laboratory

The Department Laboratories are as follows:

• Particle Technology and Mineral Processing Laboratory

• Chemical and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

• Mass Transfer Operations Laboratory

• Heat Transfer Operations Laboratory

• Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory

• Process Control Laboratory

• Software Laboratory

Particle Technology and Mineral Processing Laboratory

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List of Important Machinery and Equipments:

Basket Centrifuge , Floatation Cell, Leaf Filter, Rotary Drum Filter, Plate and Frame Filter, Cyclone Separator Assembly, Ball Mill , Hammer Mill , Jaw Crusher , Drop Weight Crusher, Sieve Shaker , Belt Conveyer , Wilfley Table, Mineral Jig , Elutriation Assembly.

Mass Transfer Operations Laboratory

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List of Important Machinery and Equipments:

Diffusivity Measurement – Gas Liquid Systems, Air Drying Apparatus, Steam Distillation Apparatus , Simple Distillation Apparatus , Air Compressor , Automatic Gas Plant, Cooling Incubator, Packed Bed Absorption Tower, Rotary Drier, Wetted Wall Column, Refrigerated Centrifuge, Shaking Incubator.

Heat Transfer Operations Laboratory

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List of Important Machinery and Equipments:

Thermal Conductivity Apparatus, Composite Wall Apparatus, Heat Transfer in Helical Coils, Multipass Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger, Parallel Flow – Counter Flow Heat Exchanger with Data Logging Facility, Double Pipe Heat Exchanger, Shell and Tube Condenser, Drop Wise and Film Wise Condensation Apparatus, Vertical Condenser, Emissivity Measuring Apparatus, Heat Transfer through Lagged Pipe, Heat Transfer through Natural Convection, Heat Transfer in Agitated Vessels, Forced Convection Apparatus, Heat Transfer through Pin Fin Apparatus, Composite Wall Apparatus, Apparatus for Determining Thermal Conductivity of Liquids and Metal Rods.

Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory

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List of Important Machinery and Equipments:

Packed Bed Reactor, UV Reactor, Combined Flow Reactor, Packed Bed Reactor for RTD Studies, Isothermal Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor, Isothermal Batch Reactor, Isothermal PFR, CSTR for RTD Studies, PFR for RTD Studies.

Process Control Laboratory

List of Important Machinery and Equipments:

Single Tank Liquid Level System, Two Tanks Interacting System, Two Tanks Non Interacting System, First and Second Order Systems, Computerized Pressure Control System, Computerized Temperature Control System, Computerized Flow & Level Control System , Computerized Distillation Control System, Pneumatic Trainer Kit .

Software Laboratory

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The software Laboratory has modern computational facilities including software related to Chemical Engineering. Other facilities include high speed internet connection, access to on-line journals and scan/print facilities.

Chemical Technology and Instrument Analysis Laboratory

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List of Experiments and Equipments
1. ANALYSIS OF OILS & FATS – SAPONIFICATION VALUE
2. ANALYSIS OF OILS & FATS – ACID VALUE
3. ANALYSIS OF OILS & FATS – IODINE VALUE
4. PREPARATION AND ANALYSIS OF SOAP
5. ESTIMATION OF AVAILABLE CHLORINE IN BLEACHING POWDER
6. ANALYSIS OF SUGAR
7. WATER ANALYSIS
8. EFFLUENT ANALYSIS 1 – DETERMINATION OF DISSOLVED OXYGEN (DO), BIOLOGICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD) & CHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (COD)
9. EFFLUENT ANALYSIS 2 – DETERMINATION OF OIL & GREASE, TOTAL SUSPENDED SOLIDS AND TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS
10. STUDY OF INSTRUMENTS
a) JUNKERS GAS CALORIMETER
b) DIGITAL PH METER
c) CONDUCTIVITY METER
d) FLAME PHOTOMETER
e) UV-VIS SPECTROPHOTOMETER
f) CONRADSON CARBON RESIDUE APPARATUS
g) REDWOOD VISCOMETER
h) REFRACTOMETER
i) PARTICLE SIZE ANALYZER
j) LAMINAR HOOD

Faculty

NameDesignationEmail
Ms. Amina FAd-hoc/Guestaminatkmce2@gmail.com
Prof. A S Abdul Rasheed Professorasarasheed@gmail.com
Dr. K.B RADHAKRISHNAN Professordrkbrnair20@gmail.com
Prof. Mary Mathew Professormarymathewtkm@gmail.com
Femina .A Assistant Professorfemsh2006@gmail.com
Fazil .A Assistant Professorfazil@tkmce.ac.in
Saibi .R Assistant Professormailtosaibi@gmail.com
Mr. Shan SAssistant Professorshansahar@tkmce.ac.in
Mr. MANIKANDAN P MAssistant Professormpmmanikandan@gmail.com
Mr. Adil Muhammed Assistant Professoradilchenthara@gmail.com
Ms. Soumya JoyAd-hoc/Guestsoumyajoy8@gmail.com
Ms. Harsha V HaridasAd-hoc/Guestharshaharidas.9326@gmail.com

Staff

Name Designation Email
Muhammed Anzil P.K Instructor Grade I anzilpk90@gmail.com
Sree Soumya S Nath Instructor Grade II soumyasnath22@gmail.com
K. Jalaludeen Instructor Grade II
Aneesh Ayothmeethal Tradesman aneam76@gmail.com
Anzar P Y Tradesman anzarpytkm@gmail.com
Jaseem A Tradesman jaseemkeralapuram@gmail.com

Research

Some of the faculty members of the department serve as research guides in the University of Kerala and other Universities. The research topics include:
1. Risk Analysis of Auto LPG Dispensing Stations.
2. Investigations on the Microbial Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Industrial Effluents.
3. Active Biological Degradation of Perchlorate Waste and Investigation on the Optimization of Kinetic Parameter.

The Undergraduate students of the department are also taking up research level problems in cutting edge areas for their final year project works. The main topics include:
1. Carbon Nanotubes Supported Silver Catalyst for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.
2. Spherical Fibrous Carbon Nano Catalyst Support for Fuel Cell Applications.

Achievements

•The faculty members of the department contribute to academia by publishing articles in international journals, presenting papers in the international and national conferences, delivering guest lectures and organizing national and international events.

• The Department has strong links with industry, with interactions spanning consultancy, training and industrial visits. The department provides the students ample opportunities to interact with scientists of research institutions like ISRO, NIIST Trivandrum (CSIR), Senior engineers/managers, various process industries like BPCL-Kochi Refineries, HLL Life Care Ltd, Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd (KMML), FACT, Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Binani Zinc Ltd and a host of public and private sector industries available around. The students are given short term in-plant training in these organizations. The facility to carry out the final year projects in industries is extended to the students under the joint guidance and supervision of the faculty and industrial experts.

• The alumni of the department is at the helm of affairs of many Government and private organizations in the design, manufacture, and operation of process plants and machinery in industries like petroleum/ petrochemicals, fertilizers, mineral processing, rubber, cement and other chemical industries.

• The department maintain very high results in the GATE examinations.

News

  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION 2016-17 on 14/11/2016

    Published : November 22 / 2016

    CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION 2016-17 The inaugural ceremony of the Chemical Engineering Association 2016-17 was held on 14th November 2016 at Jubilee Hall, TKMCE. Ms. Sara Marjan A of H5 compeered the session and gave an introductory note on the programme and invited the dignitaries to the dais. This was followed by a 1 minute […]

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  • WORKSHOP ON “PROCESS ENGINEERING: SKILLS AND PRACTICES”

    Published : October 7 / 2016

    The department of Chemical Engineering, TKMCE is organizing a workshop on “Process Engineering: Skills and Practices” on 6th and 7th October, 2016 in Jubilee hall. Mr. Venkatesh M, Deputy General Manager, Tata Projects, Hyderabad will be handling the session.

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  • RAASA 2016

    Published : August 29 / 2016

    RAASA ’16, National Level Technical Symposium by, Chemical Engineering Association, TKMCE & the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Trivandrum Regional Center The inauguration of RAASA ’16, the National Level Technical Symposium being organized jointly by the Chemical Engineering Association & the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Trivandrum Regional Center was held at 3 PM on […]

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  • FDP on Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems

    Published : July 22 / 2016

    The Department of Chemical Engineering conducted a Faculty Development Program on “Health, Safety and Environmental Management systems” sponsored by TEQIP from 25th July 2016 to 30th July, 2016.

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  • FDP on Renewable Energy: Policies and Practices

    Published : January 17 / 2016

      The Department of Chemical Engineering conducted a Faculty Development Program on “Renewable Energy: Policies and Practices” sponsored by TEQIP from 30th November 2015 to 5th December 2016.

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  • Special prize in the State Level Contest for Innovative Engineering Projects (TECH FEST- INNOVATE – 2016)

    Published : January 17 / 2016

    Nithin Sebastian Kuncharia and Kiran Abraham Jacob, Sixth Semester Students of Chemical Engineering Department has won Special prize in the State Level Contest for Innovative Engineering Projects (TECH FEST- INNOVATE – 2016) conducted by Govt. of Kerala in association with A P J Abdul Kalam Kerala Technological University (KTU) and Kerala State Council for Science […]

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Electives

Elective List – June 2016 – December 2016

Sl. No Scheme Semester Elective Code Course
1 2013 7 Elective 3 13.705.1 Environmental Biotechnology
2 13.705.2 Fuel Cell Technology
3 13.705.3 Nanotechnology
4 2013 5 Elective 1 13.506.1 Biochemical Engineering
5 13.506.3 Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
6 13.506.4 Process Optimization

Elective List – December 2015 to May 2016

Sl. No. Semester Scheme Subject Code Subject
1 8 2008 Elective IV – 08.805 (H) EL 4(F) Process Utilities and Pipeline Design (H)
2 Elective IV – 08.805 (H) EL 4(H) Economics and Management for Process Engineers (H)
3 8 2008 Elective V – 08.806 (H) EL 5(E) Project Engineering (H)
4 Elective V – 08.806 (H) EL 5(F) Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering (H)
5 6 2013 13.606 Elective I 13.606.1 Bioprocess Technology and Fermentation Engineering (H)
6 13.606 Elective I 13.606.3 Solar Energy Engineering (H)
7 13.606 Elective I 13.606.4 Project Engineering (H)

Associations

a. Chemical Engineering Association:

The Chemical Engineering Association of the Department of Chemical Engineering aims at promoting awareness and knowledge about chemical engineering to outside masses as well as provides a forum for mutual interaction to students of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The Chemical Engineering Association organizes activities such as technical quiz, debate, industrial problem solving, group discussion, seminars, technical lectures etc.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION 2016-17

The inaugural ceremony of the Chemical Engineering Association 2016-17 was held on 14th November 2016 at Jubilee Hall, TKMCE. Ms. Sara Marjan A of H5 compeered the session and gave an introductory note on the programme and invited the dignitaries to the dais. This was followed by a 1 minute silent prayer.

Dr.K.B.Radhakrishnan, Professor & Head, Chemical Engineering Department offered the welcome address. He briefed about the activities of the association during the year 2015-16. The official inauguration was performed by the Chief Guest Shri.E.A.Subramanian, Director- Technical & Operations, Hindustan Lifecare Limited, Trivandrum. He delivered a very inspiring speech on the true strengths of an engineer. The inaugural session also witnessed the release of the Souvenir of RAASA ’16, the National Level technical symposium organized jointly by the Chemical Engineering Department and IIChE Trivandrum Regional Centre from 1 to 4 September 2016. Dr.K.B Radhakrishnan, HoD handed over the souvenir to the Chief Guest Shri.E.A.Subramanian and he further released the Souvenir. The certificates for winners of the in-house technical quiz competitions conducted by the association were also distributed in the function. Prof. Fazil A, Assistant Professor and staff coordinator, Chemical Engineering Association offered felicitations and  N. Akshay, Secretary, Chemical Engineering Association proposed Vote of Thanks. His assurance for a good performing Association for the forthcoming year was greeted with great applause.

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b. Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) Student Chapter:

The Student Chapter of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) functions in the department and all chemical engineering students are eligible for membership. Promoting interaction between students and practicing engineers, improving the ability of students in seminar presentation, group discussion, debate, quiz etc. and to work for the better placement of Chemical Engineering students are the objectives of this chapter. Apart from conducting several programmes in the department on behalf of the IIChE Student Chapter, the students are given opportunity to take part in the regular technical talks, seminars, discussions and workshops conducted by the IIChE Trivandrum Regional Centre. The department had been bestowed with the honor of the “Best IIChE Student Chapter” award among the 55 odd student chapters available in the country in the year 2006. For more details of IIChE Trivandrum Regional Centre, visit the website: www.iichetvm.org

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c. Kochi Refineries Ltd (KRL)-TKM-ENCON-CLUB:

Kochi Refineries Ltd (KRL)-TKM-ENCON-CLUB working under the Department of Chemical Engineering organizes programs highlighting energy and environmental conservation. The club takes initiatives to arrange societal interaction programs in residential organizations and Kudumbasree Units. The club was selected as the best in the state in the year 2010 by BPCL-Kochi Refinery.

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