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President's Corner
 
President's Corner

During the month of March-April, Engineers had bitter experience and faced heavy criticism from the general public, as well as politicians, due to island wide power outages though our Engineers were able to restore power supply within a very short period.  The failure of the power supply authority to maintain reliable supply of electricity for which Sri Lanka was proud of as one of the best in South Asia has been questioned by the citizens, politicians, industrialists and all those who are keen to forge ahead with the development agenda in the country.

 

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R & D by engineers
 
Editorial

Research and Development (R&D), or research and technical (or technological) development (RTD), is a general term for activities in connection with corporate or governmental innovation. R&D is a component of Innovation and is situated at the front end of the Innovation lifecycle. Normally, the R & D department of a company is headed by an engineer or staffed by engineers.

 

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IESL MESC Lecture Series on Energy
IESL MESC Lecture Series on Energy (Video)
 
IESL MESC Lecture Series on Energy

The Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee ( MESC ) has been holding a public lectures series on ENERGY with very valuable information to all engineers that you may have never seen / heard before. This initiative is lead by Eng. Parakrama Jayasinghe under MESC "TIE" ( transport - innovation - energy) theme to bring public awareness on all the three areas and to move on to actions find/provide national solutions in all those strategically imperative areas.

 

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Electrified Railways - Necessity Yesterday !!
 
Electrified Railways - Necessity Yesterday !!

Sri Lanka Railways celebrated 150 years of existence in 2014. The idea to electrify Sri Lanka Railways was first broached in 1920s by none other than our eminent engineer, late D J Wimalasurendra. In 2008, IESL gave a well documented feasibility report to GoSL. After nearly 90 years, the Nation is still waiting to reap the benefits of railway electrification.

 

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Renewable Power Should Replace High Pollution Coal Plants in Tropical Sri Lanka - by Dr. M.W.N. Dharmawardene
 
Renewable Power Should Replace High Pollution Coal Plants in Tropical Sri Lanka - by Dr. M.W.N. Dharmawardene

Readers should be thankful to recent articles in Colombo Telegraph on options on power generation for Sri Lanka focusing on the use of coal as the most suitable option, which has opened up a very useful discussion on its merits and future power generation plan for Sri Lanka. This is most opportune as the new government is looking at various options available to it bring about a rapid growth together with employment creation.

 

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Means of Escape Plan in Factories by Eng. L. G. Jansz
 
Means of Escape Plan in Factories by Eng. L. G. Jansz

This article has been created to assist those who have responsibility for ensuring fire safety in factories and storage premises in Sri Lanka. The sections 39, 41 and 42 of the Factories Ordinance place a duty on employers, managers, owners and others in relation to fire safety. The article may also be helpful to all other persons with a role in ensuring fire safety in factories and storage premises.

 

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Why the Fascination With Coal Power When Better Alternatives Are Available? - by Dr. Anil Cabraal
 
Why the Fascination With Coal Power When Better Alternatives Are Available? - by Dr. Anil Cabraal

Many government officials say we must have coal power now and there are no other worthwhile alternatives. They say that coal is cheap; must build 1700 MW of coal power in Sampur now and add 1500 MW more coal in the South; and environmental concerns are a western luxury. Most recently, Dr. Kumar David in the Sunday Island of May 8th echoed these sentiments (“Sampur Coal Power is necessary: Are renewable energy evangelicals doing themselves a disservice?”).

 

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On Load Tap Changer Failures and Its Effect On The Life of a Power Transformer by Eng. P.H.V.S. Kulatilake
 
On Load Tap Changer Failures and Its Effect On The Life of a Power Transformer by Eng. P.H.V.S. Kulatilake

The power transformer is the most expensive equipment in a transmission grid substation and it does not require any exaggeration to understand the importance of operating and maintaining it properly for a longer service and for a reliable power supply. There are several theoretical formulae developed by various standard groups to calculate the life span of a power transformer.

 

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Field Visit to Ewis Computer Assembly Plant at Sooriyawewa
 
Field Visit to Ewis Computer Assembly Plant at Sooriyawewa

30th April 2016, a group of 25 Engineers of IESL participated in a field visit organized by the Mechanical Engineering Sectional Committee ( MESC ) to EWIS computer assembly plant at Sooriyawewa, Hambanthota.  The group arrived at the plant at 1100 hrs. Ms. Dulcy Premachandra –Operations Manager, Mr. Prem Kumar – Technical Manager and Mr. Ranjith Kumar – Technical Manager welcomed us at the Factory.

 

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Summary of Plumber training programme
 
Summary of Plumber training programme

The studies carried out by NWSDB have revealed the following as the main reasons for the poor water use efficiency in this sector,

  • Poor Quality Water Fittings used
  • Poor Plumbing Practices (Domestic and Industrial)

 

 

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