The Department of Farm Power and Machinery (FPM) started functioning from the 26 December 1964, with the objective of applying modern engineering knowledge to increase agricultural productivity, improve product quality and minimize losses through utilization of machines, tools and power sources. Design, development and adoption of equipment, processes and systems suitable for the country concerning agricultural production and its management are also in the purview of this department’s courses. The departmental courses are expanded to the fields of renewable energy, bioresource systems and environmental impact assessment.

The Department offers courses for the degree of B.Sc. Agri. Engg., M.S. Agri. Engg and Ph.D in Farm Power and Machinery. It is one of the five departments under the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology. The department has a big workshop complex comprising a number of laboratories, workshops and other instructional and research facilities under the guidance of highly qualified teachers educated in the country and abroad. The undergraduate courses include basic subjects in design, operation and maintenance of farm machinery, agricultural product processing, refrigeration and air conditioning, rural electrification, engineering administration and management. In addition to these basic subjects’ practical on workshop technology, computer science, thermodynamics, engineering mechanics and electrical engineering are the part of the curriculum. The M.S. program is based on course and research work, while the Ph.D. program is based on research work.

This department has facilities for testing and standardization of tractors, power tillers and other agricultural machinery. The teachers of the department are actively engaged in individual and coordinated research and development works having linkages with national, multinational and donor agencies/organizations. For further information, contact Head of the department at:

Tel: (091) 61692, 55695-7, Ext-2820
Fax: 880-91-55810

Curriculum of M.S. Degree Programme

Syllabuses of M.S. Courses

FSEE 501 Soil Engineering | Credit: 2

Soil classification: Interpolation of topographical; geographical and agricultural soils. Numerical techniques of determining engineering properties of soil. Flow of water through soils: Governing principles; seepage analysis for isotropic and anisotropic conditions. Shear strength: Failure theories; concept of cohesion and angle of friction; measuring techniques. Elastic and plastic theories of soils: Stress and strain tensors; compatibility and equilibrium of stresses and strains; stress function. Stresses in soils: Plane strain conditions; stresses due to different loading conditions; stresses under circular and rectangular areas. Limit theorem: Its applicability to soil resistance; determination of earth pressures; stability of slopes and bearing capacity by limit analysis and limit equilibrium methods. Critical-state soil mechanics: Soil-machine mechanics; soil mechanics of unsaturated soils.

FSEE 502 Farmstead Planning and Design | Credit: 2

Farmstead planning: General planning considerations; site selections; farm classification; space requirements and basic design criteria. Livestock farm: Farm components; herd size calculation; layout design of barn; hospital; maternity area and milking center; confined and loose houses design; housing for calves and heifers; abattoirs design consideration; layout ad hygienic factors; feed silo and bunkers. Poultry farm: Planning consideration; housing classification; types of houses; design of broiler and layer houses; poultry bedding; litter handing and disposal; feed storage and office rooms. Environment: Climatic impacts and considerations and impacts; air-moisture-temperature relationship. Ventilation: Purpose; natural and artificial ventilations; air inlet area; fan sizes; evaporative-cooling system; heat-moisture balance in cold and rains.

FSEE 503 Environmental Pollution and Control | Credit: 2

Introduction: Global environment; composition and quality; causes of concern; natural, artificial and human contribution to environmental degradation. Air pollution: Natural atmosphere; classification of pollutants; effects of air pollutants; pollution by automobiles; global climate change; air pollutant measurement and analysis; atmospheric dispersion, dilution and chimney design; theories and applications of air pollution control devices; laws and regulations. Water pollution: Classification of pollutants; effects of water pollutants; waste assimilative capacities of water bodies; sampling techniques, analysis and detection of polluted water; basic theories and applications in engineering practices; treatment techniques; design of different types of treatment plants; laws and regulations. Noise pollution: Source; effects; measuring devices; regulations and control.

Thermal and radioactive pollution: Origin; radioactive elements; effects on bio-system and environment; control measure; regulatory laws and control.

FSEE 504 Concrete Technology | Credit: 2

Basic consideration: History and development of concrete; constituent materials and their properties; chemical and mineral admixtures; concrete mix design; preparation; transport and placing; formworks; quality control. Testing of concrete: Test of concrete materials; tests for freshly mixed and hardened concrete; non-destructive methods of testing concrete. Elasticity and deformation behaviour: Modulus of elasticity; shrinkage and creep of concrete. Durability of concrete: Permeability; physical and chemical attack; concrete repair and maintenance. Special concrete and modern developments: Ferrocement; hot and cold weather concreting; prestressed, prepacked, light-weight, polymer-impregnated and fiber-reinforced concretes.

FSEE 505 Agricultural Waste Management | Credit: 2

Introduction: Origin of wastes; economic values and methods of waste treatment. Composting: Factors affecting composting; value of compost; composting plant design. Biogas generation: Scope and necessity; factors affecting fermentation; biogas kinetics; digester models and their design. Incineration: Standards; waste classification for incinerators; types and design of incinerators. Sanitary land fill: Factors for site selection; classification of sites; methods of filling. Waste reuse: Waste reuse as fuel and feed for animals and poultry; integration of waste recycling. Vermicomposting: Introduction; vermiculture; bed preparation and composting.

FSEE 506 Greenhouse Principles and Design | Credit: 2

Introduction: Purposes; definition of terms; geographic relevance; technical and economic relationships. Historical development: Early developments; structural improvement. Design criterion: Orientation and site selection; types; space requirement; topographic and climatic requirements. Construction: Design of plan, foundation, frame works, roofing, covering and insulating materials; interior fitting; water supply and drainage. Environmental control: Control measures for light, moisture, heating & cooling; ventilation and radiation. Maintenance: Inspections; sensors; aeration and interior environment.

FSEE 507 Research Methodology and Analysis | Credit: 2

Introduction: Research appraisal; fundamental, applied and social research; variable selection; qualitative and quantitative data; sampling and sample volume; data-set preparation and collection through questionnaire and PRA techniques. Project preparation: Problem identification and formulation; problem tree; objectives selection; logical framework; time scheduling. Model: Variable setting; dimensional analysis; functional expression; and additive rules of constituting model. Linearity: Data scales; linear forms; data validation; linear parameters and their characteristics; linearity tests for bi- and multi-variable models; model fitness; errors identification and distributions; model selection. Report: General principles; title; abstract; introduction; literature; methodology; result discussion; conclusion; references and report presentation.

FSEE 508 Hydraulic and Foundation Structure | Credit: 2

Introduction: Hydraulic projects and their feasibility; planning of hydraulic projects; survey on project area; design consideration and construction of canal, tunnel and ditches and their linings, flumes and conveyance. Control structures: Inverted siphon; drop; chute and culverts; drainage inlets. Storage dams: Earthen and concrete; dam components; pond and fish pond. Water intake structure: Type; design; methods of construction and prevention. Sluice gate: Type; hydraulic and structural design. Foundation: Influencing factors; footings; foundation on compacted fill; non uniform soils; clay and plastic silts; raft, pile and pier foundations; retaining walls and abutments; machine foundation: design consideration and construction.

FSEE 509 Construction Management | Credit: 2

Introduction: Principles of management; construction contracts; specification and planning. Materials management: Selection, purchase and delivery of materials; storage; construction equipments; handling; and wastage minimization. Forecasting and operation planning: Demand and supply situation; operation scheduling; inventory scheduling; forecasting methods; models of decision making. Cost investment and control: Resource optimization estimating; scheduling and cost control; work measurement; payment systems. Quality assurance and safety measurements: Inspection; sampling and quality control; life cycle and hazard studies; risk analysis; reliability and safety measures; case studies.

FSEE 510 Wastewater Engineering Design | Credit: 2

Introduction: Sources; domestic, municipal, industrial wastewater volume and measuring techniques; physical, chemical and biological characteristics. Collection system: Sewerage system; sanitary, storm and combined sewer; sewer appurtenances and structures. Treatments: Objective; important considerations; treatment methods; physical treatment- screening, mixing, sedimentation and floatation; chemical treatments- reaction kinetics; temperature effects; oxidation and disinfection; biological treatment- important microbes; growth kinetics; activated sludge process; trickling filters; aerated lagoons and stabilization ponds. Sludge treatment: Source; quantities and characteristic; volume-weight relationship; sludge concentration; volume reduction; sludge conditioning and land disposal.

FSEE 511 Lineal and Neural Analysis | Credit: 2

Introduction: Definition; fundamentals; application to applied and social studies. Data validation: Data forms; scaled and un-scaled transformations; data space; data scrutiny by elliptical domain and data-set preparation. Variable selection: Fundamental statistics; variable diagnostics; path coefficient and contribution; relevant variables on path contribution and significant variables. Lineal Analysis: Linear principles; functional and constitutive model; latent roots; ordinary and characteristic linearization; modified models. Neural Analysis: Definition; NOSE; noise; nodes; weight factors; model designing and training; simulation.

FSEE 512 Water Supply and Sanitation | Credit: 2

Introduction: Purpose; impact on living being; water standards; economic aspects. Water demand: Definition; population forecasting; water requirements for urban, rural, industrial and farming regions. Water sources and transmission: Water sources reservoirs and quantity measure; water intake and conveyance; water transmission systems. Urban water distribution: Capacity and pressure requirement; distribution methods; dead ends and gridiron systems; booster pumping and distribution reservoirs. Rural water supply: Water intake system; hand, treadle, tara and deep-set hand tube-wells; sinking technique; pipe and filter selection. Sewerage: Wastewater volume; collection; convey¬ance and disposal; sewerage systems; design of sewers; sewer appurtenances; sludge disposal. Sanitation process: Treatment categories: physical, chemical and biological; sedimentation; stabilisation pond; chemical precipitation; trickling filters; sludge treatment and disposal. Rural sanitation: Problems and needs; septic tank; soak pit; pit latrine; bucket and cartage.

FSEE 513 Packaging and Storage Engineering | Credit: 2

Introduction: Importance of packing and storing; traditional practices in packing and storing in Bangladesh; quality control. Packaging materials and techniques: Materials- paper, wood; metal, plastic and container/boxes from organic and inorganic materials; strength and durability of packaging materials. Principles of storage: Factors influencing storage of food grains; impeding factors; climatic considerations; requirements for quality storage structures. Design of storage structures: Pressure in grain bins; design of grain bins using Airy’s, Jenssen’s and Rankine’s formula; design of godown and other storage structures; pest management; design of cold-storage for different fruits and vegetables.

FSEE 514 Industrial Waste Management | Credit: 2

Introduction: Scope and purpose; economy of industrial wastes; primary, secondary and intangible benefits of waste management. Process waste: Classification; volume and strength reduction; neutralization of acid and alkaline wastes; removal process of organic and inorganic wastes; disposal into streams and lagoons. Stream disposal: Stream sanitation; pollution-load capacity of streams. Streeter-Phelps formulation; Thomas method and Churchill method. Stream sanitation: Stream quality; stream standard; stream quality criteria; stream quality control. Agro industries: Waste qualities of apparal industry- textile, jute and lather; food industry- food processing; canned goods; dairy products; beverages; meat and poultry products; feedlot wastes; sugar industries; material industry- pulp and paper; wood processing and ply wood manufacturing. Treatment: Origin and characteristics of wastes; treatment of common agro based industrial wastes and byproduct recovery.

FSEE 515 Rural Infrastructure Development | Credit: 2

Housing: Housing practices in rural areas; housing materials; design and estimation; improvement of indigenous materials; low-cost housing; rural sanitation system. Rural enterprises: Livestock and food industries; improvement of system and services. Resource management: Renewable energy; recycling and utilization of waste materials. Transport system: Different types of transport system; road and highway materials; soil stabilization; low-cost road construction; design of culvert and bridges.

FSEE 516 Structural Analysis and Computation | Credit: 2

Introduction: Structural forces; load categories; loading codes; joints and their characteristics; shear and moments in members of framed stricture. Analysis: Design loads calculations; analytical methods; analysis of framed structure by the slope-deflection, three-moment, moment distribution and column analogy methods. Computation: Force matrix and its formulation; computer programming for forces of framed buildings based on slope-deflection, three-moment, moment distribution and column analogy methods.

FSEE 517 Timber Technology | Credit: 2

Introduction: Timber as building material; structure of wood; identification and grading of timber. Properties of timber: Physical, mechanical, shrinkage and swelling properties. Durability of timber: Defects in timber; seasoning and preservation. Testing of timber specimen: Timber post; beam; analysis of various timber structures. Timber composite: Plywood and veneers; timber-plastic and wood-cement composites; miscellaneous use of wood waste.

FSEE 518 Poultry Farm Design and Environment | Credit: 2

Planning and Design: General planning considerations, site selections, space requirements and basic design criteria; Construction materials: Brick, sand, cement, timber and steel; material and cost estimation of brick, concrete, timber and steel works; Poultry farm: Housing patterns, types of house, design of broiler and layer houses, poultry bedding, litter handling and disposal, feed storage, disinfection and office room design and construction of incineration and disposal pits for dead birds; Ventilation: Purpose of ventilation, natural and artificial ventilations, air pressure and velocity, relative humidity, quantify number and sizes of fans, air inlet area, evaporative cooling system, heat and moisture balance, ventilation in winter, summer and rainy days; Environment: climate conditions, air flow patterns, air-moisture-temperature relationship and its impacts on poultry production; Light: Types of bulbs, light requirements, design for proper lighting in environment-control house and open-side house, measurement of lighting intensities; Field trips: Visit to Poultry Farm.

Ph.D. Degree Programme

Candidate for admission to Ph.D in Farm Structure and Environmental Engg Program must posses a M.Sc/M.S in FSEE degree from this university, or any equivalent degree from other university, relevant to the desired subject of specialization. The eligibility of the candidate having degree from other university shall be assessed by Eligibility Committee consisting of the proposed supervisor, the Head of the Department and the Coordinator, Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR). The Coordinator will act as the Convenor of the Committee. In service candidate, if selected for admission, must obtain necessary clearance and leave of absence or deputation from his/her employer before admission. There is no formal course work for the Ph.D degree Program unless Supervisory Committee recommend any relevant course(s) to the candidate. The research work of the individual student shall be supervised by a three-member Supervisory Committee consisting of a Supervisor and two members. Each dissertation shall be individually graded by three examiners, including at least one examiner outside the country, to be selected by the CASR.

Laboratory and Workshop Facilities

For teaching and research the department is well equipped with modern laboratory facilities for its undergraduate, postgraduate, teaching, research, testing, training and service programs. At present there are three laboratories in the Department:

  • Material Testing and Concrete Laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics and Sanitary Engineering Laboratory
  • Environmental Engineering Laboratory

This department has facilities for testing of almost all types of construction materials. The Department has its own computing, printing and drafting facilities. All the teachers are connected with each others through LAN as well as internet facilities.