R&D Programmes

Completed Projects:

  • Coconut pith and coconut shell as reductants in metallurgy; Sponsored by DNES, Govt. of India, 1987-91, Cost Rs 12.50 lakhs
  • Pilot Plant for High Grade Synthetic Rutile; Sponsored by Travancore Cochin Chemicals, Ltd and DSIR, 1993-96; Cost 195 lakhs
  • Production of Titania Rich Slag by melt Separation of Iron from Pre-reduced Ilmenite of Kerala coast using Thermal Plasma Process; Sponsored by STEC, Govt. of Kerala, 1996-98, Cost Rs 5.02 lakhs
  • Feasibility Studies on Processing of Andhra Ilmenite through Plasma Route; Sponsored by NMDC, 1998-99, Cost Rs 2.50 lakhs
  • Comparison of Indian (Chavara) and Bangaladesh (Cox’s Bazar) Ilmenites in the Process of Upgrading into Synthetic Rutile (Indo-Bangla Colloborative Project); Sponsored by TWNSO, Italy, 1999-2002, Total cost of the project Rs 7.20 lakhs
  • Pilot Plant for Synthetic Rutile, Pig Iron and Pure Iron Oxide through Plasma Route; Sponsored by NMDC, Cost Rs 53.00 lakhs, 2000-2003.
  • Studies on Microwave Processing of Titanium Bearing Minerals; Sponsored by DST, Cost Rs 16.5 lakhs, 2002-2004
  • Computer aided modeling of solid state reduction of ilmenite in a rotary kiln, plasma melting of pre-reduced ilmenite and leaching of rutilated slag as a scale up strategy; Sponsored by NMDC, cost Rs.10 lakhs, 2002-2005.
  • Investigations on Gd- Si alloys for magnetic  refrigeration applications . Sponsored by BRNS, DAE, Rs. 10.867 lakhs  (2003-2006)
  • Rendering Scientific and technical Support to M/s. Cochin Minerals & Rutile Limited ( CMRL) synthetic rutile commercial Plant, Sponsored by  M/s. Cochin Minerals and Rutile Limited ( CMRL), Alwaye            Rs. 20.00 lakhs , 3 years, May 2007 – Sponsored Project.
  • Investigations on the Production of Aluminium – Silicon master alloys from sillimanite through plasma processing, Sponsored by Technology Development Council, Indian Rare Earths Limited, Mumbai ( IRELTDC),  Rs. 32.44 lakhs, 3 years, April 2007 – Grant in Aid Project.
  • Surface Area Analysis of Nickel Powders, Sponsored by Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre ( ISRO), Trivandrum, Rs. 1.10094  lakhs, – Consultancy Project.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Recovery of Scandium, TiO2 and Iron from Red Mud Wastes of Aluminum Industries- SERB CRG
  • Recovery of scandium (Sc) metal from Titania plant acid leach liquor – Ministry of Mines
  • Zirconia based composites from Zircon sand – ISRO Respond Programme
  • Development of Iron Aluminide Coated High Performance Steels – DST
  • Eco-friendly process for making anatase grade TiO2 from Low grade ilmenite – CSIR-FBR
  • Extraction of value materials from ferrochrome slag – TATA Steel Ltd

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