Students from the department of mechanical engineering, Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna, namely, Roston Gomes, Jared Shawn Gomes, Vishal Gawade, Saiprasad Naik, and Nelson Gomes, worked on the design and fabrication of an ‘Automated Coconut Dehusking Machine’ which can be used by farmers and small scale coir industries in India at an affordable price.
Project guide was faculty member, department of mechanical engineering, Dattaprakash Vernekar. The machine was fabricated with the help of Necessidade Noronha at Johnson’s, Margao.
The machine can be easily disassembled for easy parts replacement in case of failure. It also provides an effective solution to the difficulties in existing processes, reduces time and labour costs. It has a fibre extraction function which can be used in remote villages in order to extract fibre for the coir industry. The fabricated machine takes about eight seconds to dehusk a coconut.
Students participated and presented a paper on this machine at the National level symposium on Materials Characterization and Manufacturing jointly organised by the department of mechanical engineering, Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna and department of physics, Goa University.