The Metallic Lustre
Aug 08, 2016 | Saswat Choudhury
The Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has always garnered ecognition and praise due to its active involvement in high-end research. With the perfect amalgamation of young and experienced faculties carrying out extensive research regularly, the department provides several opportunities to interested students.
Recently, the department has procured three industrial projects, under Prof Snehansu Pal, Prof Santosh K. Sahoo and Prof Debasis Chaira. Besides, an amount of INR 2 crore has been sanctioned by FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure) for a project by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The amount would be partly used for procuring an Optical Emission Spectrometer for elemental analysis and a high temperature Creep Testing Machine for characterization of polymers. Some amount will be used for remodelling units of the electrometallurgy laboratory and setting up a new powder metallurgy laboratory.
Also under the TEQIP grant, an amount of INR 50 lakhs has been sanctioned for procuring an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (XFS) in the near future. Regarding lack of space in the current building, there are plans to set up a new powder metallurgy laboratory in the PG building once the Mechanical Engineering department shifts to its designated building. Presently classes of the UG students are being held in LA but those classes can be held in the PG building after the shifting has been completed.
One of the urgent requirements of the department currently, is a fabrication unit. Plans are underway to procure machines like an induction furnace, a rolling apparatus but it is expected to take considerable time, owing to the high costs of these machines.
The department is striving to provide a profound academic as well as research-friendly environment to its upcoming batches. As of now, the entire department is all set to welcome a fresh batch of sophomores with full vigour. The procurement procedure for several sophisticated equipments is already underway, and more sponsored projects are being taken up by faculty members. Team MM wishes the Department of Metallurgical and Materials all the best for the future!