The Department of Information Science & Engineering organized an Industrial Visit for the 8th semester students on 4th and 5th April 2016 to ISRO, Bengaluru and MCF, Hassan. The main motivation behind Industrial Visit is to provide them with the real insight of working procedure of the esteemed organizations.
On 4th April 2016,our students visited to ISRO Bengaluru. Dr.Srinivas, A Senior scientist of ISRO who showed all the models and Clean Room where the students can see the group of scientists working with Satellites. Then, he explained about the functionalities of each of the models and finally showed a short video on Satellites and ISRO Campus.
On 5th April 2016, our students visited to MCF Hassan, A Senior scientist of MCF Dr.Yesubabu explained about basics of Satellites, Invention of Satellites, different kinds of Satellites, evolution of Satellites and also he showed a small video about communication satellites and role of MCF.
The two days of industrial visit to ISRO and MCF enriched our student’s knowledge with respect to Industry and helped them to gain knowledge about Satellites and its working condition.
On 19 Oct. 2013, the first industrial trip to Varahi hydro electric power plant was organized by Institution for seventh semester students of CSE & ISE Departments. All the students of are gathered in the college premises at 8 AM. The journey started towards Varahi at 8.30 AM. There were altogether 43 ISE students in the bus. All the students were filled with enthusiasm and zeal and were looking forward to see Varahi.
After three and half hours of journey, at about 12.30 PM, students were at the main entrance, which was followed by a 500m long tunnel staring. When the students reported at the reception desk, the staffs over there were happy to guide them through the map that was drawn, which presented an overview of the location of the dam, the station and the race line (from which the used water is ejected back to the river). Since it was an industrial visit, its account would be meaningless without describing the technical details, so here they are:
Varahi is Karnataka’s first underground powerhouse – a key milestone in the corporate history of KPCL.
The river Varahi takes its birth at a height of 730 m in the Western Ghats at Hebbagilu, near Agumbe in Shimoga District. It joins the Arabian Sea near Kundapur. After a 25 Km initial run, this swift and powerful river falls 455 m in cascades to form the bellowing Kunchikal falls. Initially conceived as a surface power house at the blueprint stage, Varahi was later converted into an underground Powerhouse. The decision for the change-over was based on three key parameters: technical, economical and our concern for environment protection. Stage I of the Varahi Hydro Electric Project has a total installed capacity of 230 MW contributing 1100 MU annually. This consists of 2 x 115 MW Generating Units at Varahi underground Powerhouse and two 4.5 MW units in the power house at the Mani Dam site. Provision was made to add two more Units at this power house of similar capacity (115 MW) & the excavation works were completed during Stage I works only. Now the construction works of units 3 & 4 each of 115 MW capacities is under progress. These units are scheduled to be commissioned during November 2008 A power house at the foot of the Mani dam on the right bank utilizes the reservoir head and generates about 40 MU of energy annually. Two Penstocks of 2.5 meters in diameter embedded in the dam feed the two vertical axis Kaplan turbines coupled to the 4.5 MW generators. The design head of the units is 22.5 meters and units operate for a head variation of 11.25 meters to 33.75 meters.
The Varahi Power Plant contains two units, each producing 115MW of electricity, with the turbine speed of 250 rpm. That tells us that it produces 230MW of electricity, which is supplied to the mangalore-varahi and shimoga-varahi power stations, from where it is sold. The estimated cost of a hydel power plant production is around 4-5 crores per MW. Add to it the fact that it's an underground power station, and the cost would be of the order of Rs. 1000 crore!!! The entire set up is mounted vertically, with the alternator at the top and the turbine at the bottom, the total height of each plant easily exceeding that of a 4-storeyed building. We were fortunate enough to have access to all the areas of the plant, barring a couple of chambers, which contained open lines carrying voltages of over 400V. The turbines were powered by six nozzles, used to control the flow of water depending upon the required speed desired. The power plant has achieved a power factor in excess of 0.9, which is excellent, by all standards.
The guide gave all the necessary details and technicalities of the power plant.
Finally students left the place at 4.30 PM, ready to embark on another three and a half hour adventure amidst the curly, mountain roads back to our college. The return trip was more fun than the morning one as it was drizzling and cool breeze hitting on our faces which still kept us fresh. Finally this trip was wrapped up by 9:00 PM.
All in all, an amazing trip, just the right mix of food, fun and learning. Those who missed out for whatever reasons were really unfortunate.