Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering:
The department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, which started in the year 1966, is the only department for this discipline in the state of Gujarat. It is located in the central part of the state along the golden corridor of industries from Vapi to Mehsana. The first gas-based sponge iron plant in India in the private sector is located hardly 140 km, while the largest plant in India (0.15 MTPA) producing copper and precious metals is only 90 km away. At the periphery of the city is located India’s one of the largest oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and fertilizer industries. Many foundries and fabrication industries are also present in and around the city. Under this fortunate setting, the department continues its journey toward excellence and quest for quality in education and research.
This is the department in the State of Gujarat offering U.G., P.G., and Doctoral level programmes in metallurgical engineering. It is housed in a building with over 25000 square feet floor area with a dozen teaching and research laboratory and 15 teaching faculty.
Currently there are about:
200 U.G. students in the four years of B.E. degree course,
12 students in each discipline of Industrial Metallurgy and Materials Technology for M.E. degree courses and 15 students in M.E. (Welding technology), this course is specially sponsored by L&T.
Ten doctoral students.
The department has received funding for research from CSIR, DST, BRNS, ARDB and ADA amongst others, and infrastructure grants from MHRD, also from UGC under DRS and COSIST programme and MODROB from AICTE.
The department has excellent liaison with local metallurgical, chemical and engineering industries and their facilities are usually fairly easily available to the department. Further, therefore the department is many times a preferred place for investigations, industrial testing and problem solving for these industries. The department has been instrumental in the establishment of local chapters of several professional bodies like IIM, IIF, ISNT and IIW-India and continues to support and sustain them with teachers of the department playing a pivotal role. Many seminars, conferences and training workshops are organized through this avenue. Efforts of the teachers have resulted in publications in new research areas of iron ore-coal composite pellets, utilization of steel plant waste, new alloy steel development, sponge iron, thin films, mechanical alloying, and composite material in conference proceedings and also referred journals.
Special Contributions of the Department:
A virtual nodal center for metallurgical & material technology education including research at PG and Ph.D. level in the state of Gujarat.
It has made many industries conscious of the role of metallurgy in industry. Consequently, they have established their own analysis laboratories. Example: GEB, GSFC.
Teachers of the Department play a vital role in promoting activities of various local professional bodies namely IIM, IIF, IIW-India, ISNT, etc.
Expertise available in the Department is utilized in helping the industries in problem solving, materials testing & failure investigations, etc.
Over the years the Department has strode the path of excellence and quest for quality in education & research. Consequently, it has earned the recognition of being covered under the Special Assistance Programme (S.A.P) of UGC.
Contributions in respect of Curriculum Improvement for UG & PG programme, Strengthening Industry Academia Interaction and being in rapport with the alumni are noteworthy.
(i) Industries & Others:
- AM/NS, Hazira
- Electrotherm (India) Ltd
- L & T, Hazira
- EWAC Alloys
- Fronius India
- IIT, Mumbai, Powai
- University of Roorkee, Roorkee
- Asea Brown Boveri Ltd., Baroda
- GEB (Gujarat Electricity Board), Vadodara
- Gujarat Thermal Power
- 20 microns
- Rachana Constructions
- Apicore Pvt. Ltd.
- Accuprec Pvt. Ltd.
- Sahajanand Ltd.
- Shri Krishna Industries
- Diffusion Ltd.
(ii) Inter-Departmental Collaboration :
|Sr. No.||Name of the Department Running the Course||Interdisciplinary Programmes||Number of Subjects|
|1||Applied Chemistry||PG Diploma in Corrosion Engineering||04|
|2||Applied Physics||M.Sc. Materials Technology (Nanotechnology)||04|
|3||All the Departments of Faculty of Tech and Engg||B.E. – First Year, First Sem (All Branches)||01|
|4||Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engg., Pharmacy, Textile Engg. Civil Engg, and Mechanical Engg,||PG Diploma in Packaging||01|
|5||Textile Processing||B.E. – Textile Processing||01|
Future Plans Of The Department:
- Centre of Excellence” in Welding Technology Jointly Plan with L& T
- Modernization of Corrosion Research Lab by Various Industries as per their requirement considering the Research aspect as well.
- Development of In-situ Metal Matrix Composite
- Up gradation of Melting Facility for the Development of New Alloys.
- Weld Metal Modelling, Friction Stir Welding, and Thermographic Studies of the Weld Joint.
- Different Types of Collaboration with Industries such as Problem-Solving, Research, Quality Improvement, Remaining Life Assessment, etc.
- To get CSR (Corporate Social Responsibilities) Funding from the Industries
- To develop a lab for Computer Programming, Simulation, Computational Metallurgy, and Materials Engineering.
- Expansion of Infrastructure Facilities
A library run by the society of Metallurgical students (SMES) is amphy supported by the U.S. Alumni in and around Vadodara. The library is enriched with the following.
Books: 1100 Nos.
National journals: 5 Nos. & 284 Issues
International Journals: 30 Nos. & 900 Issues
The Department has Email facility to all students & staff.
|Sr. No.||Name of laboratory||Major Equipments / Experimental set-up|
|1||Physical Metallurgy Lab.||Image analyser, Micro hardness tester, Projection Microscope, Stereo microscope, Polishing machine|
|2||Mineral Dressing Lab||Magnetic separator, Crushers, Classifiers, Ball mill, Flotation cells, Jigging, Pelletiser|
|3||Foundry Lab||Carbon equivalent meter, Core gas analyser, Simulation software , Sand testing equipment,|
|4||Corrosion Lab||Potentiostat / galvanostat corrosion measuring equipment|
|5||Analytical Lab||Strohlein’s apparatus|
|6||Thin Film Lab||P.V.D., Electro beam gun deposition unit|
|7||Heat treatmetn Lab||Heat treatment furnaces|
|8||Powder Metallurgy Lab||Hydraulic press, Sintering furncae, High energy attritor, Microwave Sintering Furnace|
|9||Sophicicated Equipment Lab.||XRD, Atomic absorption spectrometer, SEM with EDAX, XRF, Pycnometer, Wear resisant measurement|
|10||Welding metallurgy lab||welding machine MIG, TIG, SMAW, Spot cum projection, Microplasma, NGW, FSW, Synergic pulse MIG/MAG|
|11||Process metallurgy lab
||Melting Facilitites - Vacuum Induction furnace, Melting furnaces.|