Since its inception Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) has developed and established several technologies in the area of metallurgy and materials science. An extensive infrastructure, offering world-class R&D facilities for research in metals and ceramics, has been acquired and installed over the last five decades.
Core Competencies of DMRL are in product engineering, production support and performance analysis of metals, alloys and composite parts, Process development and surface engineering, Extractive metallurgy of Ti, Mg and rare-earth metals, Design and development of speciality alloys intermetallics, Ceramics and composites.
The principal areas of R&D of DMRL are in materials for application in armour, ammunition, aerospace, and naval. These include advanced magnetic materials, nanomaterials and smart materials, advanced materials processing technologies, surface engineering, advanced metal joining technologies, and mechanical behaviour of materials especially at high temperatures, high strain rates and at small length scales.