Mechanical testing laboratory has several state of the art load frames with load capabilities ranging from few Newtons to several hundred kilo Newtons for running a variety of mechanical tests such as tensile, shear, compression, flexure, fatigue, fracture mechanics testing, hardness measurement, etc. We use varieties of strain measuring equipment like strain gages, clip gages, laser gages to measure displacement and strain during mechanical testing. We can measure strain in multi dimensions using biaxial strain gages and other laser gages. We also have equipment for impact testing of materials, drop towers for testing materials, components and coatings, as well as regular creep and stress rupture testing for testing metals, alloys, ceramics, glass, concrete, natural and manmade fibers, polymers and composites. We also have capability to test materials under extreme environments like cryogenic and very high temperature under vacuum, inert gas and corrosive atmospheres.
Corrosion and environmental testing laboratory has several large cabinets for running salt spray, salt fog testing as well as humidity resistance testing. We have in addition several UV cabinets for testing paints and other coatings and laminates. We also have erosion testing equipment for simulating materials performance in extreme climates like desert, arctic, combination of high wind and sand at sample level. We have capability for testing small samples to full size components like truck wheels, auto components, etc.
Materials characterization laboratory has equipment for microstructural analysis, chemical and physical property measurements. We have fully equipped laboratory for specimen preparation like cutting, mounting, polishing, etc. We have optical microscopes (reflection and transmission) and scanning electron microscopes for analyzing microstructure of metals, alloys, and nonmetallic substrates. We can identify elements and measure their contents semi quantitively using energy dispersive analysis technique in electron microscope. We have an inductively couple plasma unit for measuring chemistry of metals and alloys. We have in addition X-ray powder diffraction equipment for phase analysis and analysis equipment for phase transformation. Physical property measurements laboratory has several equipment to measure basic physical properties like density, viscosity, electrical properties like conductivity of materials, thermal properties like thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, etc. We also have metrology capability to measure physical dimensions of materials and components.
Material research and development laboratory offers materials development support services specifically metallic alloys and product. The laboratory has melting, casting, and rolling equipment to produce samples for testing and evaluation. The laboratory also has several small and medium scale ovens for heat treatment of metals, alloys and conditioning of polymer and polymer composites for testing.
Paint and coatings evaluation laboratory has equipment and capability to run various painting related tests like paint adhesion, gel time, resin flow time, volatiles organic content (VOC), coating thickness, etc. The laboratory is also equipped to run mechanical tests on coatings like sand erosion tests, stone chip resistance, impact resistance, etc., and corrosion resistance tests. We have experience in testing and evaluating organic coatings like paints as well as metallic and ceramic coatings.
Machining and prototyping center has CNC and manual lathes and milling machines to machine samples and components. In addition, we have capability to weld, braze and rivet components to make prototypes. The laboratory also has limited 3D printing capability.