About Us
Department Description
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering was established in 1963 with the intake of sixty students for undergraduate curriculum leading to Bachelors degree. Later, post-graduation curriculum was started in 1969. The Department has been actively involved in research since its inception and the first award of PhD degree is recorded in 1972. Earlier, the faculty members were engaged in research in the areas of Physical Metallurgy, Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Metal extraction and Powder Metallurgy. In the early 70’s, a number of new faculty members joined and started activities in the areas of Ferrites, Composite Materials and Electroless coatings of amorphous and microcrystalline (now called nanocrystalline) Ni-P and Co-P. It was increasingly realized that the barriers between Metals, Ceramics and Polymers needs to be broken and an integrated approach to Materials should be evolved. The name of the Department was changed from Department of Metallurgy to Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in the year 2001 with the introduction of courses in Polymers and Ceramics at the curriculum level through research on Metal-Ceramic joining, Metal-Ceramic composites and Metal-Polymer joining. At present, there is an intake of thirty students per year in the Master’s programme and forty research scholars are working for their PhD (regular and part time) in this department. Our research activities primarily focus on development of materials like Metal Matrix Composites (ferrous and non-ferrous), by stir-casting, spray forming and Powder Metallurgy. The Department has also initiated work on Metal foams. The Department is also engaged in the development of erosion resistant materials for turbines, anti-friction materials and friction materials. The activities on Electoless coatings has broadened into coating of nano-composites for microwave absorption. Recently, a new initiate has started to develop high energy density battery materials. Joining is an important area, which needs to be addressed along with development of materials. Currently, ongoing research activities in the Department include narrow gap welding, Metal-Polymer joining and Metal-Ceramic joining. The Department is currently engaged in carrying out a number of sponsored research projects and consultancy projects for organizations like DRDO, BARC, BRNS, BHEL, NHPC, DST and CSIR. A number of small and medium scale industries nearby I.I.T. Roorkee keep interacting with us for their technical problems. The Department has a vision to develop as a premier center of Materials Research in the newly established state of Uttarakhand where, around Roorkee, there are intensive activities for setting up new industry. Thus, it is necessary for the Department to evolve its research keeping in mind the needs of the industries. D.S.T. has recently sanctioned Rs. 4.6 crores under FIST proposal to acquire a thermomechanical simulator to study materials under controlled thermal and thermo-mechanical cycles. This facility is not available in the entire northern region and could be used by research workers of other institutes as well as Industries. This equipment will help primarily to strengthen the research activities of the members of the faculty so that they are able to address the problems of their concern in a more comprehensive way. It is expected that the Department, with the help of equipment proposed, will be able to contribute to scientific and technical knowledge matching with the leading Institutions of the world in the area of Materials for advanced technological applications.