Since in and around Jamshedpur city, a lot of metal industries such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tayo, Usha Martin, Timken, Indian Copper Complex etc. are there including a prestigious National Metallurgical Laboratory, a need was felt to have a Metallurgical Engineering Department at RVSCET. Hence this department was established in the year 2012. Now this department is well equipped with its laboratories such as Mineral and Geology, Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy/Material Science, Corrosion Testing, Fuel and Refractory, Foundry Lab. etc. A Research and Development section is also there where the students can do their innovative projects.
Metallurgical Engineering is the branch of Engineering in which students learn to innovate, design, implement and improve the procedure that transform the mineral sources and metals into useful products. These products provide the foundation for our modern way of life.
Mineral/Geology Lab: This is the starting point of the metal processing where the students learn how to enrich the Ores/minerals with its metal content using different mineral processing equipments such as Jaw crushers, Ball Mills, Froth Floatation Cells, Magnetic Separators etc, They study the different constituents/phases present in the ores/minerals in the microscopes. They also learn how to characterize different minerals based on their hardness, lusture etc.
Extractive Metallurgy Lab: In this lab the students learn how to get metals from the enriched ores/minerals by chemical processing at elevated temperatures in Pyrometallurgy and using different fluids in Hydrometallurgy process. The lab is equipped with muffle furnaces, heating ovens, electronic balances etc. along with chemicals required to conduct the experiments.
Fuel and Refractory Lab: Pyrometallurgical Extraction process requires a large amount of heat which are generated in the furnaces fired with different fuels solid, liquid and gaseous. In solid fuels coal is the main fuel and the students will learn the details of coal such as its moisture, volatile matters, ash ets. by Ultimate and Proximate analysis. They will learn the characteristics of liquid fuels such as its flash point, viscosity for liquid fuels and chemical compositions of gaseous fuels. Different properties of refractory used in the furnaces are measured in the Refratory lab.
Foundry Lab: The metals extracted from the enriched ores/minerals are melted in furnaces and the molten metals cast into different shapes in sand moulds in a Foundry. The department has a Foundry lab in which different properties of moulding sands are tested such as its fineness, permeability, strength, moisture content etc.
Heat Treatment/Metallurgical Thermodynamics & Kinetics Lab: In this lab, the students will learn how to make metals and alloys suitable for different engineering applications by different heat treatment processes such as annealing, normalizing, hardening and tempering, stress relieving etc. The lab is equipped with muffle furnaces for heating and fluids for quenching. Jomminy End Quenching Equipment is there in the lab for hardeneability study of steels. The lab is also equipped for study of Metallurgical Thermodynamics and kinetics experiments with a Bomb Calorimeter for the thermal measurements in chemical reactions, solute dissolutions etc.
Physical Metallurgy and Physics of Metals Lab: This is a very important lab where the metals and alloys are made more useful for different applications by applying different processes to get desired microstructures and properties. This needs microstructural study by microscopes. The lab is equipped with microscopes, hardness testing equipment and furnaces.
Corrosion Testing Lab: The national losses have been indicated very high due to corrosion of metals and alloys. There fore it is necessary to have this lab for corrosion study. This lab has all facility to conduct the experiments as per the syllabus such as Electrode Potential measurement, Electroplating, Electroless Plating, Passivation and Corrosion inhibiton etc. This study will be helpful to find innovative solutions to the corrosion problems.