The ‘electrostatic gas purifier system’ has been developed by a team, comprising students and teaching faculty of the mechanical engineering branch. The device can minimize the pollutants of two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The team has also applied for a patent for the device.
Air pollutants emitted from cars are believed to cause cancer and contribute to such problems as asthma, heart disease, birth defects and eye irritation. Besides, emissions from cars increase the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The LNCT team’s device works on reducing such pollutants.
Assistant professor Pushkal Badoniya said, “We have been working on the research in the field of an exhaust system of automobile vehicles for the past one year. We have also published our two researches papers in international journals related to the same field.”
A member of the team, Josy George, said, “It took us almost a year to invent this device and we finally registered it as our patent so we can implement the invention in vehicles for the betterment of environment and as a contribution in an automobile research work.”
After successfully completing the design, the team is now working on the fabrication work. “Presently, we are working to implement our design to the vehicles and trying all combinations of material (brass and lead) for the better results,” said George.
Another member of the team, Tanmay Sharma, a final year mechanical engineering student, said: “The design works on the electrostatic principal. The device is to be placed in the exhaust pipe of any vehicles. We have already observed some impressive results on the software, with the efficiency up to 65-75% with our design.”
He added, “Now we are looking forward to implementing it directly to the vehicles in order to get better outcomes, so we are trying to execute all possible combination of materials or any further modifications to our patent design.”
Tanmay has got scholarship from foreign universities on the basis of this work.
“To make a single device, we have spent up to Rs 3,000-4,000. But we are expecting to bring the cost down to Rs 1,500-Rs 2,500 if it goes in bulk productions and we can commercialize it. The pollution is less with this device. It has a flexible size and can be used in any kind of vehicle,” said a final year mechanical engineering student Zaeem Khan who is also a member of the team.