2015 Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon)

7-8 April 2015

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  • [Front cover]

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  • Conference proceedings and artwork

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  • [Copyright notice]

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  • Table of contents

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  • Introduction

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  • Committee

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  • Technical program committee

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  • Message from the chief guest

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  • Message from the honorary chair

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  • Message from the general chair

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  • Conference programme

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  • Keynote address: Multi-dimensional RF signal-processing and analog/digital circuits

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  • Plenary talk I: Vega EV — controlled chaos

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  • Plenary talk II: Planning, design, & implementation of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System

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  • Author index

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  • Bio-methane adsorption by activated carbon: Understanding the potential via characterization of Sri Lankan activated carbon

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    There is growing global interest on bio-methane as a vehicular fuel and Europe Union (EU) has stated that this as a best well-to-wheel fuel. Commercialization of bio-methane under atmospheric conditions is limited due to its requirement of higher storage capacity. Compressed bio-methane systems have been currently commercialized in Europe in order to increase its low energy density however the pro... View full abstract»

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  • A mathematical model for Pyrolysis of biomass

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    Biomass is recently gaining popularity in industry as a promising source of renewable energy. Thermal conversion of biomass is recently gaining increased attention of researchers as a way of improving the efficiency of raw biomass fuel due to higher advantages it gives as compared to direct biomass combustion. These conversion methods are well studied using mathematical models and computer simulat... View full abstract»

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  • Simulation of ancient wind-driven iron smelting furnaces of Sri Lanka

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    Metal processing industry in Sri Lanka began around 3000BC. Ancient chronicles like Mahavansaya, Thupavansa and Pujavaliya proved the Sri Lanka's history of metal industry. Archaeometallurgical surveys of Sri Lanka have revealed a non-conventional wind-driven iron smelting furnace for the first time in the world. Some of them dated back to third century BC. Replications of iron smelting process ha... View full abstract»

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  • Review on development of natural rubber/nanoclay nanocomposites

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    The advantages of nanocomposites containing single silicate layers uniformly dispersed in a polymer matrix were first demonstrated by researchers at Toyota in Japan, who developed nylon-6 nanocomposites and published in 1993. Polymer-nanoclay nanocomposites have attracted the attention of many researchers thereafter due to their outstanding mechanical and barrier properties. This concept is first ... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a multi-nutrient fertilizer from liquid waste of solar salt manufacturing process

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    Magnesium plays a key role in the growth of a plant by acting as the central atom of the chlorophyll molecule. This study is carried out to develop a low-cost multi-nutrient fertilizer by utilizing the bittern solution. This fertilizer is capable of fulfilling the Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium requirement of a plant effectively. A dilution series of bittern was prepared, and a series of tests w... View full abstract»

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  • Hydraulic performance of ‘HOBO’ units

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    The paper presents the results of a detailed two dimensional model investigation of a rubble mound breakwater armoured with Hollow Block (HOBO) concrete armour units, with respect to the hydraulic performance. The results of the model investigations are analysed to obtain graphical and numerical relationships between the energy dissipation, wave reflection, energy transmission, wave steepness, wav... View full abstract»

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  • A deterministic hazard assessment for storm surge induced flooding: A case study

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    Coastal flooding due to tropical cyclone generated storm surges has caused considerable damage and loss of life in the North Indian Ocean region including in Sri Lanka. This paper is concerned with a deterministic analysis of the storm surge hazard for the city of Chilaw on the west coast of Sri Lanka, as a case study. The present hazard assessment utilizes a database of historical events of tropi... View full abstract»

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  • Climate change adaptation: A hydraulic model study to improve the spillway discharge of Giritale reservoir

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    The Piano Key (PK) spillway constructed at Giritale in 2013, is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. A capacity enhancement of the Giritale reservoir was required to overcome the frequent water shortages during cropping seasons and droughts. A decision was taken to enhance the capacity by increasing the crest level of the spillway and a new spillway of the PK type was introduced to satisfy this req... View full abstract»

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  • Introduction of flap gates for anicuts in wet zone

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    Water diversion mechanisms are commonly used in the irrigation systems and this concept is older than tank (reservoir) systems in Sri Lanka. At present, for water diversions in the wet zone anicuts are constructed by using lifting type gates. Anicuts are used to maintain required water level in the upstream by releasing only the excess water to downstream. In the lifting gate, water is allowed to ... View full abstract»

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