The Division strives to undertake the Research and Development activities in two highly challenging and demanding disciplines of Tribology and Industrial & Domestic Combustion.
Tribology (Def. “Study of science related to surfaces in relative motion”) is derived from the Greek word ‘TRIBOS’ meaning rubbing of two surfaces. It aims at minimizing or eliminating friction and undesirable wear, thus, influencing the engineering and economical aspects of machinery. The applications of correct Tribological practices protects and enhance the life of plants and machinery, improve efficiency of operations, reduce energy consumption and prevent expensive breakdowns resulting in savings worth crores of rupees annually.
The research activities in Industrial and Domestic Combustion deals with the efficient utilization of fuels in industrial, domestic and rural sector. It is committed to energy conservation and pollution abatement through development of fuel efficient design of combustion appliances using petroleum (fuel oil, diesel oil, kerosene, LPG, natural gas) and biomass fuels.
The Division strives to provide technical & analytical support to Industries and assist the BIS in formulating standards for petroleum products, equipments and devices using these products.
The Division comprises of strong team of highly qualified Scientists, Engineers and Technical Staff. The members of this division are actively involved in the applied aspects of energy efficiency. The laboratory is well equipped with various test facilities which meet a large number of national and international standard specifications in the area of industrial lubricants and greases apart from other advanced R&D equipments and surface analytical tools.
The impact of this division’s research activity is not only spread to the industrial benefits but also for the societal betterment. Besides various commercial achievements, this division has also worked which has proved to be very effective for the social, financial and environmental benefits for farmers and rural people.
The Division has a large number of projects sponsored by Private, Public and Government agencies and has to its credit development of large number of Lubricants and Processes viz. Hot rolling oil, Gear oil and cutting oil formulations based on jojoba oil derivatives, Quenching oils for hardening of steel cylinders, Antiwear hydraulic oils, Method for manufacturing EP industrial gear oil, EP industrial gear oil using Sulphurised Karanja oil, Neat cutting oil type using Jojoba oil and Sulphurised jojoba oil, New eco-friendly sprayable girth gear lubricant for cement plants, Process for the Sulphurisation of Karanja oil as EP additive, Improved process for the Sulphurisation of Jojoba oil for use as EP additive etc. to name a few.
In addition the Division is engaged in providing consultancy to various oil and process industries. The customers benefit with the in-depth Tribological and Combustion know-how and strong intellectual base of the Division.
Some of the significant activities of this division may be gauged by the following recognitions:
- NRDC Award for development of efficient LAP film burner
- VASVIK Industrial Research Award for Mech. Sciences and Technology
- CSIR best technology award in Mech. Engg. and Technology