On March 24, 2017, Mr. Masaaki Nishimura, Chief Representative and the team from Tokyo Gas Co., LTD (Thailand Representative Office) gave a special lecture on “World Energy Market and ASEAN” for students of the Faculty of Engineering, KKU. In addition, they paid a visit to KKU Zero Net Energy Building, KKU Bio-Gas, and KKU Bio-Diesel to learn about their interest in energy consumption of KKU. On this visit, Asst. Prof. Dr. Kittapatr Kit Dhabhalabutr, Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Affairs and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chumnan Boonyaputthipong, lecturer of the Faculty of Architecture, received them with a warm welcome and a brief of the projects.
During 7-11 November, 2016, the research center called Water Resources and Environmental Institute together with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, on behalf of the Thai-German Competence Center for Sustainable Water Management, which was established on January 2016, organized a workshop titled “The improvement of KKU Weir 1984” at the Faculty of Engineering, KKU, Thailand.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Kittiwet Kuntiyawichai, Deputy Director of Water Resources and Environmental Institute revealed that, “This workshop has successfully been completed with the financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). All activities in this five-day workshop comprised of:
- discussing and brainstorming about ‘the improvement of KKU Weir 1984’ by adapting the principle initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Khammad Subdistict, Samsung District, Khon Kaen Province;
- Site visit and sharing experience in water resources management among representatives from various Thai organizations; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand Royal Irrigation Department, Khon Kaen Provincial Administrative Organization, Khammad Subdistrict Administrative Organization, local stakeholders and representatives from Germany; Prof. Dr. Franz Nestmann together with research team from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Gernamy.
From this event, the Thai-German Competence Center for Sustainable Water Management has planned to restore the ‘KKU Weir 1984’ within 2017 (for further information, please visit our website http://ccswrm.kku.ac.th).
Writer/ Tranlation edited by Asst. Prof. Dr. Kittiwet Kuntiyawichai
Translated and posted by Tipakorn Chaisong
On the 31st of August 2015 at 10:00 at Khon Kaen University a researcher event of August was held led by Asst. Prof .Dr. Rachapa Tangduangchai, Assistant to the President for Research and Technology Transfer and Asst. Prof. Dr. Panomkorn Kwakhong, Lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Khon Kaen University. The team together held a press conference under the name “Innovation research project for the development of silk bullet proof armor”. The media was present in large numbers at the Sirikunakorn conference room 4, Sirikunakorn building Khon Kaen University.
The research and innovation project to develop a silk armor is inspired by the ongoing unrest in the southern border provinces which has taken many lives of police and army personnel. The Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Khon Kaen University together with Sutha Loyduanchai and the textile handicraft group of Puwiang Khon Kaen developed a silk bullet proof armor. The strength of the product is its durability; it can withstand repeated fire and its light weight as well as its low price which is 2.5 times cheaper than conventional bullet proof vests.
Asst. Prof. Panomkorn Kwakhong, lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering Khon Kaen University revealed that the silk armor is made by placing silk cocoons on a press to stretch it using a hydraulic press for 8 hours. The vest has a thickness of about 14 to 20 mm and weighs 2.5 to 4 kg (depending on the type and speed of bullet). The qualities of silk is that it is strong; more than 4.8 kilo Pascal (but when wet, the strength will be reduced by about 15 to 20 percent). And silk threads are very durable and can stretch up to 35 percent and can return to 92 percent of its original form.
It is found that silk has very much the same properties as steel and therefore, it is used to produce bullet proof material. When the production of the vest was completed the team of researchers tested it with real bullets which showed that the vest is able to withstand .22mm bullets from a distance of 3m. This is a level one protection according the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). In addition, the bullet proof vest has other qualities which are its strength and its ability to take the impact of the bullet without destroying the vest protecting the body of the wearer from the deformation of the vest. The vest is also able to take repeated fire which does not deteriorate the quality of the vest. The vest is also light and cheaper than conventional vests by 2.5 times.
It has taken about 2 years to develop the vest during which the vest was made thicker with special threads which made it possible to withstand higher velocity bullets and which gave the vest a rating of 3A according to the NIJ standards (9mm size bullet at 426 meters per second). The silk bullet proof vest won the first prize in the Local Knowledge Innovation Project competitionin the Upper Isan region and is representing the area on national level on the 20th and 21st of July 2015.
The researchers have applied for Intellectual property and it is intellectual property of Khon Kaen University. Researchers are developing the thickness and weight of the product to make it thinner and lighter to be rated level 3 of the NIJ scale (withstands M16 bullets at 838 m per second) and benefit safety for society.
Interested parties can contact the Office of Research Administration, Office of the President building 2 Khon Kaen University tel 043 203176 or fax 043 203177 .
Jim Pascal: the unit of measurement in the SI system is used to measure pressure and is the force on a surface.
NIJ: National Institute of Justice: the oldest standard for bullet proof vests in the world
Author: Chiraporn Pratumchai
Photography: Thasee/Antaporn Hamporn
The Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen University is organizing the “1st International Engineering Student Forum (IENS 2015)” which will be held during March 4-9, 2015.
IENS 2015 aims to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students in Engineering, Sciences and Technology or related fields all over the world to exchange and disseminate new knowledge and experience in both academics and culture. Additionally, this forum is expected to create linkages among participants, as well as our organizations, for mutual benefits. The activities of the forum include poster presentation, visiting factories and sightseeing in Khon Kaen city.
The topics of the poster presentation include, but not limited to;
-Science and Technology
-All posters must be written in English
-The application can be download here.
-The posters template can be downloaded here.
-Accommodation (in Khon Kaen)
-Transportation (in Khon Kaen)
-Meals (in Khon Kaen)
Submission deadline: January 10, 2015
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2015
Forum dates: March 4-9, 2015
International Relations Section
Faculty of Engineering
Khon Kaen University
On August 13, 2014. Faculty administrators warmly welcomed Dr.Eric Chowanietz, a visiting professors from De Montfort University (DMU), UK. Dr.Eric is invited to be a visiting professor at the Faculty of Engineering, KKU for 2 months during August - September 2014, he has a plan to teach at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.He has been to the Faculty last year to discuss academic collaboration with KKU and he has been invited to be a visiting professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, KKU for a month during July 1-31, 2013.
Faculties administrators welcomed delagates from Royal Thai Navy led by Rear Adm. Paitoon Prasopsin. On this occasion, they discussed concerning develop research collaboration in Mechatronics Engineering, Wireless communication, and Stirling Engine. In this regards, Asst. Prof. Dr. Nantakan Wongkasem gave a special lecture on “Metamaterials: Design & Applications” to all delegates. Afterward, the delegates visited Department Laboratories.