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Department of Mechanical Engineering is committed to provide a prestigious level of education in both Mechanical and Mechatronic disciplines leading to be awarded an accredited degree program and researching in the areas of Mechanical Engineering to publishing of such research in appropriate forums and obtaining recognition while collaborating with Sri Lankan and International Industries, provides students the excellent opportunity to graduate as an all-inclusive engineer that suits modern challengers.

Vision

To be a leader in Asia in Mechanical Engineering education, research and innovation.

Mission

To produce mechanical engineers with sound engineering knowledge and interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, social awareness and confidence required to serve emerging research and industry for sustainable development of the nation and beyond.

Laboratories and Equipments

The mechanics lab consists of machine simulation apparatuses as well as material testing apparatuses. In these labs students will be taught the working mechanisms of machines and how they are used on an industrial level. Furthermore, with the lab of the material testing apparatuses stents learn about the material properties of a material and how these properties are important in the selection of materials for engineering processes.

Thermodynamics is the study of the behavior of heat and thermal energy. Energy is the ability to bring about change or to do work. Historically, thermodynamics originated as a result of man’s endeavor to convert heat into work. In the Thermodynamic Laboratory we observe different type of energy transferring process and how energy is being loss to the environment through Conduction, Convection & Radiation also the behavioral patterns of pressure due to the sudden changes in temperature will be methodically observed. In addition to that working mechanism of a Heat engine, Basic refrigeration and Advance refrigeration systems, steam cycles & the relevant theories for each section will be thoroughly covered. To get give the hands-on experience for our students, an experienced laboratory professional and the top quality personal protective equipment will be provided to the students to reach their maximum potential.

Equipped with a four ton hoist among other essential equipment, the Automobile Laboratory houses two vehicles - including a custom built fully Electric Three-wheeler, test rigs, an assortment of automobile parts and an array of sophisticated as well as conventional tools, which allow students to gain hands-on experience and practical insights into the working principles, mechanisms as well as dismantling of key automotive elements. The dedicated vehicles allow a multitude of experiments to be conducted including Noise and Vibration testing. Custom built apparatus designed and fabricated by our expert staff, including a Bush Testing rig and Clutch mechanism apparatus, among others, allow instructors to precisely convey the intended objectives of laboratory exercises. Fostering independent growth, the Auto Lab welcomes individual research while harboring many student projects and the Formula Student initiative, under the watchful guidance of our expert resident Auto Technician and academic staff, enabling students to witness the practical application of theoretical concepts and enrich themselves with field experience.

The Mechanical Workshop consists of various machines including lathe, drilling, milling, welding machines and all the other basic tools that we require during a workshop session. During a workshop practical, students will be taught the working mechanisms of machines and tools, their safety measures and also about the industrial level applications. Our workshop provides a safe environment for all the students under the guidance of the academic staff.

The automation laboratory consists of modern industrial automation devices. The hands-on lab sessions designed to enable students to tackle real-world industrial automation tasks and problems

With the use of various types of valves, actuators and sensors, the lab provides hands on knowledge on developing Pneumatic, Electro-Pneumatic, Hydraulic systems. Industrial controls implemented through the latest Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC). Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) used to create a bridge between the industrial system and the human operator.

In addition, the lab provides a miniature conveyor system to simulate an object sorting mechanism. The system consists of a conveyor driven by a DC motor, a photoelectric sensor to detect the type of object and pneumatic pistons for object ejection. This setup provides a platform to build a realistic industrial system for a given situation and allows students to think more practically.

The automation laboratory consists of modern industrial automation devices. The hands-on lab sessions designed to enable students to tackle real-world industrial automation tasks and problems

With the use of various types of valves, actuators and sensors, the lab provides hands on knowledge on developing Pneumatic, Electro-Pneumatic, Hydraulic systems. Industrial controls implemented through the latest Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC). Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) used to create a bridge between the industrial system and the human operator.

In addition, the lab provides a miniature conveyor system to simulate an object sorting mechanism. The system consists of a conveyor driven by a DC motor, a photoelectric sensor to detect the type of object and pneumatic pistons for object ejection. This setup provides a platform to build a realistic industrial system for a given situation and allows students to think more practically.

The automation laboratory consists of modern industrial automation devices. The hands-on lab sessions designed to enable students to tackle real-world industrial automation tasks and problems

With the use of various types of valves, actuators and sensors, the lab provides hands on knowledge on developing Pneumatic, Electro-Pneumatic, Hydraulic systems. Industrial controls implemented through the latest Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC). Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) used to create a bridge between the industrial system and the human operator.

In addition, the lab provides a miniature conveyor system to simulate an object sorting mechanism. The system consists of a conveyor driven by a DC motor, a photoelectric sensor to detect the type of object and pneumatic pistons for object ejection. This setup provides a platform to build a realistic industrial system for a given situation and allows students to think more practically.vvvv

The Control systems laboratory contains a variety of laboratory equipment used to evaluate the theoretical concepts in Control theory to model different physical systems, analyze the system responses, design and implement various controllers to modify the system behavior’s and to observe responses of these systems based on varying input and system parameters. MATLAB based computational modelling can be tested experimentally using the available apparatus. The Equipment available in the lab include a Speed Control Apparatus, Level Control apparatus, Position control apparatus, Temperature Control apparatus and computer units to do all required processing.

Academic Staff

Prof. Migara Liyanage

Head | Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Dr. W. K. Wimalsiri

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)
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Prof. Chandana Perera

Senior Professor
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Dr. Malika Perera

Associate Professor
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Dr. Samantha Wijewardane

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)
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Dr. Thilini Rajakaruna

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)
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Dr. Priyantha Bandara

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)
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Mr. Gayal Rangajeewa

Academic Fellow
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Ms. Gayashika Fernando

Senior Lecturer
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Mr. Madhawa Herath

Senior Lecturer
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Mr. Anthony Martin

Training Engineer
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Ms. Thilini Darshika

Lecturer
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Mr. Bewantha Wijesinghe

Assistant Lecturer
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Ms. Mazhara Marzook

Assistant Lecturer
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Mr. Jayantha Mihiranga

Assistant Lecturer
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Mr. Amila Alexander

Instructor
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Mr. Charutha Sonnadara

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Ms. Dhaneshi Rajapaksha

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Mr. Ayesh Fernando

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Mr. Rasanjana Karunanayaka

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Mr. Thihan Paul

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Mr. Bhanuka Dayawansa

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Mr. Dilshan Kaushalya

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Mr. Lakindu Mampitiya

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Administration Staff

Name Position Telephone E-mail
Mr. Anthony Martin Training Engineer +94 11 754 4308 anthony.m@sliit.lk
Mr. Kamal Amaraweera Training Engineer - kamal.a@sliit.lk
Ms. Mayanthi Sandanayake Manager-Administration +94 11 754 4330 mayanthi.s@sliit.lk
Ms. Sachini Hapangama Management Associate - Grade I +94 11 754 4302 sachini.h@sliit.lk
Ms. Hiruni Hansika Weerakkody Junior Executive  - Grade I - hiruni.w@sliit.lk
Ms. Yasara Lasandi Junior Executive (Grade II) - yasara.l@sliit.lk
Ms. Lakmi Ranasinghe Management Associate - Grade I - lakmi.r@sliit.lk
Mr. Pathum Udawaththa Facility Management Executive - Grade II +94 11 754 4315 pathum.u@sliit.lk
Mr. Ananda Mahaarachchi Senior Executive /Laboratory Service - ME +94 11 754 4334 ananda.m@sliit.lk
Mr. Ariyasena Vindanepathirana Lab Technician - ME - ariyasena.v@sliit.lk

Research

Key Researcher(s): Prof. Malika Perera, Aaqil Zackariya

Project Description:

This research project focuses on bridging the gap in data acquisition for autonomous driving, particularly in unstructured traffic environments in developing Asian countries such as Sri Lanka. The project is a collaboration between Loughborough University, UK and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and aims to collect reliable sensory data from diverse urban environments. Two sensory technologies, RADAR and LIDAR, will be used to gather data to create probability maps that can assist algorithms in making decisions. The project involves modifying a test car and mounting the RADAR and LIDAR sensors on it. The sensors are connected and synchronized to capture data in real-time. The project is a crucial step in the development of autonomous driving as the lack of reliable data from diverse environments remains a hindrance in achieving safer autonomous driving.

Message from the Head of the Department

The mission of the department is to produce mechanical engineers with sound engineering knowledge and skills to meet today’s aspirations and demands. The mechanical engineers have an important role to play in overcoming numerous challenges faced by our country.  We are committed to providing a world-class education for the future generation of mechanical engineers who will undertake the ardent task of finding sustainable solutions to greatest engineering challenges.

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest fields of engineering. Nevertheless, we have identified latest trends and offer a modern curricula to produce graduates with the required knowledge and skillsets.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. We have identified that mechatronic engineering as an emerging area in recent times. All mechanical systems have integrated electronic systems for improving its performance and autonomous operation. Hence we offer a state of the art Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering specialized in Mechatronic Engineering.

We have designed the curricula to facilitate the modern concept of student centered learning. The delivery of modules include lectures, tutorials, labs and project work. During the program, students are required to undergo a compulsory period of industrial training. The curricula meets the requirements of local and international professional and accreditation bodies.

The department has a well-qualified staff consisting of professors, senior lectures, lecturers and instructors involved in the delivery of the programs. We also have visiting lectures who are experienced professionals to share perspectives from the industry. Laboratories are an indispensable part of the delivery of a Mechanical Engineering program. The department has a mechanical workshop and eight labs covering all major areas of mechanical engineering.

Over the years the department has built a broad network of partnerships with local and foreign industry and other organizations. The Bentley Computer Aided Engineering Unit established with Bentley Motors UK is the result of one such partnership. Our staff members are also involved in numerous research projects to find solutions to problems we face in modern times. We are also involved in internationally sponsored projects collaborating with other local and foreign universities.

The department always strive hard to maintain quality and produce graduates for industry and academia. We continue improve to on all aspects and our goal is to be a leader in years to come.

Prof. Migara Liyanage

Head | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research

Research Details

Staff and students of the department are actively contributing to research and development in Electrical and Electronic Engineering related areas. The table below shows the current areas of research and the leading staff member.

Area Leader
Computer Vision/Industrial Automation Prof. Chulantha Kulasekere
Human Gait Analysis and Indoor Navigation Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe
Renewable Energy Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte
Computer Vision Based Automation Dr. Lasantha Seneviratne
Distributed optimization and optimal decision theory Dr. Minhua Ding
Remote Healthcare and Assistive Technology Dr. Lakmini Malasinghe
Smart-Grid Technologies Dr. Anton Hettiarachchige Don

 

Research Grants

Training Hub for Renewable Energy Technologies in Sri Lanka (ThreeLanka) Project

THREE LANKA project is an EU Erasmus + funded project worth of approximately 1 million Euros that addresses multiple key challenges for achieving renewable energy supply targets for Sri Lanka. The project runs for three years from 2021. The Faculty of Engineering of SLIIT is a partner of the project and holds a share of approximately 100,000 Euros. Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe, Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte, Dr. Anton Hettiarachchige-Don and Ms. Hasini de Silva are contributors from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

https://threelanka.com/about-THREE-Lanka

Internal funding

The department was able to secure several SLIIT research grants worth of LKR 400,000 each. In the year 2021, Dr. Lakmini Malasinghe was able to secure a grant for the research “Contactless Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability monitoring using feature extraction”. In 2022, Dr. Sujeewa Hettiwatte was able to secure another grant for the research “Sky Imager for Short Term Solar Forecasting”.

AHEAD world bank project

As a co-investigator for an AHEAD world bank project, Dr. Lasantha Seneviratne was able to secure LKR 400,000 worth of funding for the research “Development of a Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (towards detecting repetitive behaviors of children)”.

Collaboration with third party organisations

The department is continuously working closely with the industry to enrich the curriculum and the student experience. EEE department has few industry collaborations: Dialog-SLIIT 5G Innovation Centre with Dialog Axiata, partnerships with Sri Lanka Army, ACL Cables, Lalan Rubber and MAS to name few. In addition, the department always encourage students to grab industry project as their final year project.

Members of the Department Industry Consultative Board

Name Designation Affiliation
1 Eng. Lal C. Weerasinghe Director/General Manager Sierra Readymix (Pvt) Ltd
2 Dr Sisira Ranathunga Director Manufacturing GRI (Global Rubber Industries)
3 Mr. Hemantha Wattegedara Design Quality Guarantor Camso Loadstar
4 Mohamed Al Mazroui Design Team Manager Future Fibres Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
5 Mr. Anusha Dayan Surasena Managing Director Pirekma Pvt. Ltd
6 Mr. Kosala Jayasundara Founding Director Excel Technology Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
7 Mr. Ashoka Rangodagama Project Manager SENOK Group
8 Mr. Janaka Rathnakumra Chairman SPC
9 Mr. Ruzzel de Zilva General Manager ECL (Pvt) Ltd
10 Mr. Indunil Asanka Manager Autonomation MAS Bodyline
11 Eng. Ananda Namal Director General NERDC
12 Mr. Shantha Jayasinghe Director NERDC
13 Mr. B.K.D. Jayasinghe Deputy Works Manager/ Training Manager Department of Government Factory
14 Mr. Thajitha Perera General Manager MacTiles
15 Mr. Harsha Wickramasinghe Deputy Director General Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
16 Mr. Gamini de Alwis Technical director Glide (Pvt) Ltd
17 Mr. Subandu Kulatunga General Manager Sales Nikini Automation (Pvt) Ltd
18 Mr. Gayan Hettiarachchi Head of Solution Sales DIMO (Pvt) Ltd

Research Grants

Name Title of the Project Industry Partner/Stakeholder Value/Grant (Rs.) & Period of the Project
Prof. Malika perera Vehicle comfort and durability analysis Bentley Motors Ltd, UK 66,550,000
LTL Pawandanavi Wind Turbine Bolt Failure Analysis LTL Holdings 350,000
Sailboat Boom Bending Analysis Southern Spars International (Pvt) Ltd 250,000
Fibre temperature controller for Carbon fibre Southern Spars International (Pvt) Ltd 375,000
Elastomeric Modifications for Tyre Endurance Machine Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 360,000
Elastomeric Engineering - Blank Design for Hollowmatic Tyr Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 465,600
Delivering a short course on finite Elements Finite Element Analysis & Simulations Center 589,305
Rubber Extrusion Process Modelling for Hollowmatic Tyre Elastomeric Engineering Co Ltd 240,000
Development of a next generation agriculture radial tyre Global Rubber Industries (Pvt) Ltd 1,200,000
Steam Air compressor Feasibility Check Teejay Lanka PLC 250,000
Conducting a short course in Engineering Noise Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 400,000
130 KVA Generator Noise and Vibrations Measurements CLEF Consultants Pvt Ltd 150,000
Design Verification for Stretcher No 2 Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 1,038,500
Conducting a training course on CBM Plastics and Rubber Institute Sri Lanka 80,000
Investigating the Possibilities of Developing a Hydro Bush for Vibration Isolation of a Helicopter Seat National Research Council, Canada 1,500,000
Data collection – Autonomous driving in unstructured driving environment Loughborough University, UK 2,000,000
Design Verification for Stretcher MPR072 at MTD Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Ltd 685,000
Reduction of Boundary Noise Level at CED Camso LoadStar (Pvt) Lt 1,315,500
Prof. Rahula Attalage

Prof. Migara Liyanage

Prof. Shiromi Karunaratne

Prof. Sujeewa Hettiwatte

Mr. Madhawa Herath

Ms. Gayashika Fernando

Three Lanka Project In Collaboration with European and Local Universities External Foreign Grants – Erasmus plus funding

100,000 Euros

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