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Major Facilities  

Many advanced experimental and simulation facilities have evolved over the past four decades in the laboratory.  These facilities can be broadly categorised as below:

  • Titanium Metal Extraction
  • Melting and Casting
  • Processing
  • Materials Structure and Texture Characterisation Tools
  • Mechanical Property Characterisation
  • Magnetic Property Characterisation
  • Non-Destructive Testing Facilities
  • Simulation and ModellingMelting and Casting and Modelling

Melting and Casting     

  • Vacuum Arc Furnaces
  • Air/Vacuum/Inert Atmosphere Induction Melting Furnaces
  • Investment Casting facilities with Directional Solidification Capabilities

Processing                

  • Vacuum Hot Press
  • Multi-purpose Forge Press
  • Rotary Swaging Press
  • Isothermal Forging/Extrusion
  • Cold and Hot Isostatic Press
  • Hot/Cold Rolling Mill
  • Stretching Machine
  • Straightening Machine
  • Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Spex Mill
  • Controlled Environment Sintering Furnace
  • Rapid Solidification
  • Vacuum Brazing Furnace
  • Friction Welding Facility
  • Electro Slag Refining
  • Laser Processing, including Laser Engineered Net Shaping
  • Plasma Spray Coating Facilities

Materials Characterisation Tools 

  • Optical/Stereo Microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscopes
  • Transmission Electron Microscopes
  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Atom Probe Field Ion Microscope
  • Electron Probe Micro Analysers
  • Small and Wide Angle X-Ray Spectroscopy (SWAXS)
  • X-ray Diffractometer
  • Texture Goniometer
  • Wet and Instrumental Analysis facilities such as AES, ICP, XRF
  • Mossbauer Spectrometer
  • Plasma Emission Spectromeer
  • Polygraphic Analytical system
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Differential Thermal Analyser
  • Thermogravimetric Analyser
  • Dilatometer
  • BET
  • Laser particle size analyser
  • Molten Alloy Viscometer

Mechanical Property Characterisation

  • Nanoindentation with AFM
  • Universal Testing Systems
  • Servo hydraulic systems for Fatigue and Fracture studies
  • High Frequency Electromagnetic Resonance Fatigue Testing Machine
  • Creep testing facilities
  • Ultra High Velocity Gas Gun facility
  • Instrumented Impact Testing System
  • Sliding Wear and Solid Particle erosion test system

Magnetic Property Characterisation

  • Vibrating Sample Magnetometer
  • Hysterisis loop recorder

Non-Destructive Testing Facilities

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonics

Simulation and Modeling

  • Work Stations and High End PCs
  • 8 nodes Cluster Computing / Grid Computing Facility
  • ANSYS-8.0
  • GENSA-3.2
  • IDEAS-6.0
  • AutoCAD – Desktop-2000
  • MATLAB
  • AutoDyn
  • DEFORM
  • Pro-E
  • UniGraphics

SELECTED FACILITIES

Details of selected processing and characterisation equipments are presented below.

Vacuum melting and casting facility

·  Capacity: 25 Kg Ni based alloys

· Vacuum: < 10-4 mm

· Speciality: Directional solidification of Ni based superalloys

DMRL DRDO

Hydraulic Forge Press

·  Modes of operation: Open Die, Closed Die, Closed Die-isotherma

·  Extrusion and Liquid Metal Forging Capacity: 2000 MT

· Stroke: 1000 m

· Table size: 1500 x 1500 mm

·  Speed: 0.1 – 115 mm/s

· Max

· Die temperature: 950 °C

· Billet Heating: 1400 °C

DMRL DRDO

Vacuum melt spinner

;     Vacuum: <1X 10-5 mbar

·      Melting: Induction melting 30 kW RF

·      Substrate: 300 mm dia X 40mm wide copper wheel

·      Wheel rotation speed: 400-4000 rpm

DMRL DRDO

Controlled Stretching Machine

·      Use: Controlled stretching of heat treatable aluminium alloys for property improvement and stress relief

·      Stretching force: 10-250 MT

·      Stroke: 1400 mm

·      Stretching speed: 1-6 mm/s

·      Semiproduct size limits: 750 mm plates, 10-40 mm dia rods

DMRL DRDO

Laboratory Hot Isostatic Press

·      Capacity: Pressure 2000 bar / 200 MPa

·      Max temp:   2000 °C

·      Power : 51 kVA

DMRL DRDO

Vacuum Arc Melting Facility

·    Capacity: 40kg of titanium ingot

·        Power:  200kVA

 

DMRL DRDO

Rapid Prototyping Machine

·    Use: To build complex geometry prototypes without requirement of hard tooling

·      Build Volume: 250 x 250 x 400 mm

·      Part Materials: Wax, ABS

DMRL DRDO

3D Atom Probe

·      Capability: chemical information at atomic level in metals.  Combines field ion microscope (FIM) with position sensitive detector (PSD) with mass spectrometer with single atom sensitivity

DMRL DRDO

Nano indenter with nanoscratch tester and Atomic Force Microscope

·   Instrumented depth sensing hardness tester

·      Load range – 0.5mN to 100 Mn

·      Max depth – 20micron

DMRL DRDO

Laser Coordinate Measuring Machine

·      Use: non contact measurement of part dimensions

·      Part size limit: 500 x 400 x 400 mm

·      Measurement accuracy: 25 µm each axis

 

DMRL DRDO

Molten alloy viscometer

·      Measures viscosity of aluminium alloy melts and semisolids limited to 1000 mPa.s at 300 s-1.

·      Controlled cooling rates.

·      Can measure viscosity under ‘no-shear’ condition.

 

DMRL DRDO


 
 
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