Annual Report 2012

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Telegrams: “Varsity” Nairobi 

P.O.Box 30197              

Fax: 254 020 2245566                                                                                                GPO 00100

Telephone: 254 020 318262

Extn: 28383

Email: dept-mmengineering@uonbi.ac.ke
Nairobi                                                             

KENYA

2012 UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI ANNUAL REPORT

1. DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the five departments in the School of Engineering and its history dates back to 1956 when the Royal Technical College was started.  In 2003, the University of Nairobi Senate ratified the change of name of the department from the initial name of Department of Mechanical Engineering to the present name of the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering offering the same undergraduate BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  The department also offers 5 MSc. degree programs as well as PhD programs

The department has an undergraduate student enrollment of about 564 and postgraduate student enrolment of 23 with an Academic Staff establishment of 23 and Technical Staff Establishment of 20.

2. COURSES OFFERED

(a)  BSc. degree Mechanical Engineering

  • Basic Applied Sciences (Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) in the 1st year of study
  • Mathematics (in 2nd ,3rd and 4th year)
  • Courses in Humanity (Philosophy, Communication Skills, HIV/AIDS) in the 1st year of study)
  • Thermodynamics
  • Solid Mechanical
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Machines
  • Computing
  • Production Engineering & Industrial Management
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Design
  • Materials Science & Metallurgical Engineering
  • Engineering Project ( in the 5th and Final Year)

(b)  MSc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering

 

(i)  Advanced Thermo-Fluids Engineering

First Year

Compulsory course units – Thermal Engineering

FME 660 – Advanced Thermodynamics I

FME 661 – Advanced Heat Transfer

FME 662 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

FME 663 – Mass Transfer

FME 690 – Mathematics Methods

FME 692 – Research Methodology

Plus from course units chosen from the following:

FME 665 – Advanced Thermodynamics II

FME 666 - Advanced Refrigeration

FME 667 – Combustion Theory

FME 668 – Renewable Energy Technology

FME 669 - Direct Energy conversation

FME 670 – Drying Processes

FME 671 – Advanced Conductive Heat Transfer

FME 672 – Two –phase Flow

FME 673 – Theory of Turbulence

FME 674 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Pollution

FME 691 – Numerical Methods

Compulsory Course Units – Fluids Engineering (options)

FME 660 – Advanced Thermodynamics I

FME 661 – Advanced Heat Transfer

FME 662 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics

FME 664 – Boundary Layer Theory

FME 690 – Mathematics Methods

FME 692 – Research Methodology

Plus from course units chosen from the following:

FME 671 – Advanced Conductive Heat Transfer

FME 672 – Two –phase Flow

FME 673 – Theory of Turbulence

FME 674 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Pollution

FME 675 – Advanced Gas Dynamics

FME 676 – Hydrodynamic Lubrication

FME 677 – Experimental Fluid Mechanics

FME 678 – Computational Fluid Mechanics

FME 691 – Numerical Methods

Second Year for both of the above options

A suitable research project supervised by at least one member of staff and submitted as a thesis written in accordance with University regulations.

(ii)  Advanced Applied Mechanics

First Year

Compulsory course units

FME 640 – Continuum Mechanics I

FME 641 – Continuum Mechanics II

FME 642 – Vibration Engineering

FME 643 – Experimental Stress Analysis

FME 690 – Mathematics Methods

FME 692 – Research Methodology

Plus from course units chosen from the following:

FME 644– Engineering Plasticity

FME 645 – High Pressure Engineering

FME 646 – Theory of Elasticity

FME 647- Control Engineering

FME 648 – Properties and Testing of Materials

FME 649 – Finite Elements Methods

FME 626 – Chemical Metallurgy

FME 691 – Numerical Methods

Second Year

A suitable research project supervised by at least one member of staff and submitted as a thesis written in accordance with University regulations.

(iii)  Industrial Engineering

First Year

Compulsory course units

FME 600 – Operation Research

FME 601 – Management Information Systems

FME 603 –Engineering Vibration

FME 604– Work Systems Design and Measurement

FME 690 – Mathematics Methods

FME 692 – Research Methodology

Plus from course units chosen from the following:

FME 604– Human Performance Mechanisms

FME 605 – Industrial Psychology

FME 606 – Work Incentives and Organization

FME 607- Healthy and Safety

FME 608 – Ergonomics and Man-Machine Systems

FME 609 – CAD/CAM

FME 610 – Industrial Data Processing Systems

FME 611 – Production Systems Design and Analysis

FME 612 – Decision Theory

FME 613 – Risk Theory

FME 614 – Mathematical Programming

FME 615 – Mathematical Optimizations

FME 616 – Energy Utilizations

FME 617 – Quality Control and Reliability

FME 618 – Maintenance Management

FME 619 – Production Planning, Scheduling and Control

FME 691 – Numerical Methods

(iv)  Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering

First Year

Compulsory course units

FME 620 – Structure, Properties and Behavior of Materials

FME 621 – Iron and steel Metallurgy

FME 622 –Process Metallurgy

FME 623– Corrosion and Deterioration of Materials

FME 690 – Mathematics Methods

FME 691 – Research Methodology

 

Plus from course units chosen from the following:

FME 624– Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation

FME 625 – Structure and Properties of Ceramics and glasses

FME 626 – Polymer Science and Engineering I

FME 627- Polymer Science and Engineering II

FME 628 – Phase diagrams in Materials

FME 629 – Chemical Metallurgy

FME 630 – Composite Materials

FME 631 – Nuclear Materials

FME 632 – Engineering Non-Ferrous Metals

FME 633 - Foundry Technology

FME 634 – Modern Analytical Techniques

FME 691 – Numerical Methods

 

Second Year

A suitable research project supervised by at least one member of staff and submitted as a thesis written in accordance with University regulations.

(V) Energy Management

Compulsory course units

FME 701 – Energy Sources and Concepts

FME 702 - Energy and Environment

FME 703 – Processes in Energy Management

FME 704 – Project management

FME 705 – Engineering Economics Analysis

FME 715 – Research Methods

FME 717 – Project – 6 course units equivalent

 

Elective Courses

FME 706 – Refrigeration, Heat pumps and Air-conditioning

FME 707 – Steam generation, utilization and waster heat use

FME 708 – Fluid Flow systems

FME 709 – Maintenance Management

FME 710 – Metering and Tariffs in Energy Management

FME 711 – Electrical Energy utilities

FME 712 – Energy generation and transmission

FME 713 - Instrumentation

FME 714 –Control systems

3.  International Students capacity

Undergraduates

Year  I – (1)  Desai Shaunak Nimish              F18/53599/2012 (India)

                     Ceesay Mohammed                   F18/54788/2012 (Gambian)

                     Zehra Mustafa                            F18/54892/2012 (Pakistan)

     Adam Hamza Ahmed                F18/53714/2012 (Canada)

Year III –  (3) Chol Dhieu Gabriel                  F18/3474/2010 (Sudanese)

                       Uduchukwu Christian Kelechi F18/35484/2010 (Nigerian)

Year IV – (4) Samenjo Karl Heinz Tondo       F18/29353/2009 (Camerron)

5.  International Links & Collaboration

  • Through the collaboration established between the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering of the University of Nairobi and the National Taiwan University of Science & Technology (NTUST), seven students from the department who got 1st class honours degree are applying for postgraduate MSc. studies and scholarships to NTUST.  These are King’ora Kamau, Cherono Sheilah, Odongo Philip, Ochieng David, Mosiria Bwana, Omondi Anthony and Mogaka Davidson Onchana.  Two academic members of staff Mr. Kimilu and Mr. Kivindu are finalizing their applications for admission and scholarships for PhD studies in the same institution.

6.  Publication for the year

  • Book S.M. MUTULI – Fundamentals of Solid And Structural Mechanics “Accepted for

publication at the University of Nairobi Press. 

  • NJOROGE, K.D., MUTLU S.M., KIHIU J.M. “An Intrinsic Dislocation Density – Finite

Element Formulation of Metal Plasticity” International Journal of Computation Engineering

Research ISSN: 2250-3005, 201 (on-line).    

7.  Consultations

  • Conducting laboratory experiments for Multimedia University (Faculty of Engineering
  • Prof. Oduori is carrying out investigations of aircraft docking system for Kenya Airways aircrafts.
  • Conducting laboratory experiments for Moi University.

8.    Numbers of graduands

  • Diploma – 2
  • BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering – 55
  • MSc. degree                                               -  1

9. Papers presented at conferences

  • Dr. Bernard Odera attended the International Seminar on Heterogeneous Multicomponent

Equilibria in Germany 9th – 17th February 2013.

10.  Any other Activity

            Objectives       -           Research and Innovation and Consultancy

The department participated in the initiation of a project on the establish establishment of       an NDT Centre for research and training at the Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology of University of Nairobi.  An initial support grant of Ksh. 40 Millions has been approved.  This project is supporting one student by the name Mr. Birir who is supervised by Prof. Mutuli from Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Gatari from Nuclear Science.

Community Service

  • On Saturday 6th October 2012, students from the department participated in the commissioning of a water pump for a borehole at St. Ebrahim School in Kamulu sponsored by Davis & Shirtliff Co. Ltd.

4.         RESEARCH ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN

  • Charles Omondi Ogingo – F18/1437/2010 a 1st year student in the Dept. of Mechanical And Manufacturing Engineering has been awarded a Science, Technology And Innovation (ST & I) Grant of Kshs. 400,000/= by the National Council of Science and Technology to carry out more work on his innovation entitled “The Cell phone and Remote – Controlled Lock”.
  • Eng. David Masinde Munyasi, Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has been given a grant of KES 250,000 by the Deans Committee to carry out a research on “Assessment of Stone Crushing Characteristics and Optimum Dynamical and Structural Design of a Stone Crusher for Small Scale Entrepreneurs” being his PhD Research Work.
  • Prof. Oduori has been awarded a grant from National Council of Science And Technology of Ksh. 800,000/= for commercialization of social Decorticator.
  • Mr. Mwaka has been awarded a grant of Ksh. 3.985 million by the National Council of Science And Technology for a project entitled “Small Scale Water Extraction in arid and semi-arid areas by wind power
  • Dr. Hussein Jama was awarded a grant of Kshs. 250,000/- from the Dean’s Committee Research Grant to carry out research entitled “Behaviour of Steel Plates Strengthened with CFRP subjected to Blast and Impact Loads”.
  • Prof. S.M. Mutuli was awarded a grant of Kshs. 250,000/- from the Dean’s Committee Research Grant to carry out research entitled “Design and Fabrication of a Universal Testing Rig for Laboratory Experiments on Beam Deflections - Cases of Simply Supported Beams,Cantilever Beams and Fixed Beams subjected to point loads, distributed loads and couples”
  • Dr. Thomas Ochuku Mbuya was awarded a grant of Kshs.250,000/- to carry out research

entitled “Development of Recycle Friendly Aluminum Alloys for Automotive and Structural

            Applications

 

Prof. Stephen M. Mutuli

Chairman,

Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

 

26/02/2013

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Other
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