Students from the Department of Computer Engineering submitted 4 projects in the Sixteenth National Software (NSC2014) on March 12-14, 2014 at Mahisorn Convention Hall, SCB Park Building, Siam Commercial Bank. The event was organized by the National Electronics and Computer Center, the National Scientific and Technological Development Office.
The “Rot Thang Banlue Lok (World Famous Tank)”, the tank created and built by Kritsada Laebut and Tanapat Khamwan, under supervision of Asst. Prof. Dr. Kanda Saikaew won the third prize in the event. This shows another step towards future success as a computer system developer of the team. The Faculty appreciates both students and their work for making our faculty well known and congratulates them on their success.
The research work, “Study and Design of Furnace for Fuel Production from Sugarcane Leaves” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratchaphon Santivarakorn, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and his PhD student, Wasakorn Treedech was awarded a good research prize in the Inventers 2014 held by the Office of the National Research Committee on June 23-26, 2014.
This event was organized to celebrate HM the King, “The Father of Thai Inventers”, who has great expertise and competency in inventing and creating intelligent items that really solve our problems and develop the country. The other objectives were to promote and disseminate Thai inventions and innovations to a wider circle, to build cooperation and coordination in the use of these innovations and inventions among governmental and private organizations for national socio-economic development, to support and motivate young inventers and general population to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities to the public, and lastly, to declare the prestige of capable inventers and expose their works for real commercial use.
Prof. Dr. Prinya Chindaprasirt, Director of, Director of Sustainable Infrastructure Research and Development Center (SIRDC) and senior lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering is awarded the “Chair Professor Award” by SCG Cement. In this Occasion, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, President of KKU, personally presented the award to Prof. Prinya in recognition of his research work in Civil Engineering. In addition, Prof. Prinya Has received “2012 Outstanding Researcher Reward” from KKU in the same field. The President and senior Administrators presented the award and commemorate the achievement.
“Chair Professor Award” is founded by SCG to award academics with outstanding research work that benefit country development. Prof. Prinya said, “I am honoured to have received the Chair Professor Award from SCG. I would like to thank KKU and SCG for their support. Without our collaboration, my work would not be possible”.
The dean Somnuk congratulate Prof. Prinya for his outstanding achievement. The dean praise and credit him for administrative work and leading the Faculty to be accepted of international level.
On 26th October 2014, students from the Department of Industrial Engineering has won the first prize of the project “Research to Market- R2M” which was held in 2nd year in 2014 to search for the best business idea to compete in the national level.
For the competition result, the team from the Faculty of Engineering of Khon Kaen University has passed the round and was the representative of the region to compete in the national round at Chiang Mai province. This winner team was 888 (Triple Eight).
The team members, students from the Department of Industrial Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering from Khon Kaen University, were Mr. Wutthipong Ariyapattanaporn; Miss Thanomkwan Setart; and Miss Sivaporn Phunguenlian. Their project was “Infrared Radiation Machine in Eliminating Rice Weevils in Milled Rice, KKU”. The machine was a research of Asst. Prof. Dr. Sukangkhana Thaleangkan, the Faculty of Engineering.
Miss Thanomkwan Setart, a representative from the 888 team, said “I’m glad and very excited to win the first prize today. From now on the 888 team has to prepare for the next competition in the national level. I’d like all KKU staffs and students to support and cheer our team. And I’d like to thank the staffs from Science Park of KKU for providing assistance and advice until we won this prize.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratchaphon Santivarakorn, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has succeeded in inventing an independent vortex power generation system, another hydropower generation technology that can provide electricity to folk people at the water source where stream flows all year long. This will do away with dam or reservoir, the construction cost of which is very high and the impact from which can bring damage to former ecological system and a change of geological and climatic conditions as well as interference with forest lives.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratchaphon Santivarakorn said, “This study was aimed at building an independent and high-speed vortex system capable of turning water turbine to generate electricity. The principle of fluid mechanics in the design of efficient water vortex necessitates a certain height -- in conventional cases, 1.50 m or higher in order to be able to produce electricity. This research conceptualized power generation from the system height lower than 1.00 m.”
The project was divided into 3 major stages: 1) Design of the vortex – an appropriate vortex system should be cylindrical in shape. 2) Design of the turbine that could suitably resist impact from water power. Water circulates in a conical pattern similar to a cyclone. Thus, the blades should be designed to resist the centrifugal flow of water, i.e., in a turbine pattern. 3) Design of electrical current generator that can change mechanical power to electrical power. The three parts, when incorporated, would make a power generation system that can genuinely produce electricity of 1.7 KW at headwater of 0.9 m.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ratchaphon Santivarakorn added, “This research is new to Thailand. It is a new alternative to develop a water resource system in needy areas that will upgrade the quality of life of the people. The cost of the system was roughly 200,000 baht. From this amount, we obtained a prototype system for further research and extension work on the real independent vortex power generation plant at Mae Jang Dam, Lampang under the Electricity Generation Authority Thailand
Dr. Kitti Wichetapong, invented an innovative piece of equipment which mixes biological gas with air for low revolution diesel engines which helps save fuel up to 70%.
Dr. Kitti, a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, EN-KKU, invented an innovation which resembles a gas dispersion device to be placed between the intake pipe of an engine and the air filter. This device distributes biological gas from animal manure or agricultural produce with air by sucking in air into the engine. It is for use with biological gas in combination with diesel fuel.
The equipment is tested and is found to be successful for low revolution diesel engines like engines used for agricultural purposes like water pumps, plowing equipment, engines of vehicles etc. The research results can be applied to save diesel fuel for up to 70% and the engine performs as before.
Dr. Kitti added that the biogas can be produced by farmers at a very low cost. They can use biogas for cooking or putting into an engine. This device will help farmers to achieve that. “This research aimed to determine the shape, the number holes and the sizes of holes to enable optimal biogas and air mixing”
He also revealed that the equipment was designed and developed and was registered under intellectual property under the number 8015 named “gas and air distribution device suction system for low revolution diesel engines”
KKU Engineering Journal has been published since 1973 by the Faculty of Engineering, KKU. Over the past 40 years, the journal has been committed to provide quality dissemination of academic and research works in engineering and technology in order to develop and strengthen communities.
KKU Engineering Journal has continuously improved itself to reach the national and international standard; especially there is a peer review committee, on time publication, and all abstracts, article title, author names and affiliations are in English. Therefore, KKU Engineering Journal was selected to enter in ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) database. This revealed that our journal is qualified and recognition in ASEAN.
The ASEAN Citation Index (ACI) database is an academic journal and research data source in South East Asia Region (ASEAN) which is developed by the cooperation of ASEAN country members: Cambodia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Singapore, and Indonesia. The ACI database has linked academic journals from National Citation Index (NCI) of ASEAN countries in order to search publication information and using the publication references together. The ACI database also attempts to push the academic articles and research from ASEAN education institutes for publication and to improve to achieve the international recognition.
From all 41 selected Thai journals, 3 journals are from institutes in Northeast of Thailand and 2 of them are in engineering and technology, which consisted of KKU Engineering Journal and Suranaree Journal of Science and Technology.