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Test Facilities/Expertise

Important Test Facilities
a. Scanning Electron Microscope
b. Infra-red Spectrophotometer
c.  Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
d. Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics test system
e.  Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors for rail and axle testing
f. Ultrasonic Flaw Detectors
g. Radiography Equipment
h. Thermal Analyser
i. Accelerated weatherometer
j. Corrosion Tester
k.  Static AAR test Rig (760 hrs.) for grease testing
l. V2F-Dynamic rig for grease testing
m.  Luboil filter evaluation rig
n. Cetane rating machine o.  50 ton machine for rubber deflection characteristics
p. Residual stress measuring equipment.
q. Welding equipments for MMAW, SAW, CO2 welding etc
r. Metallurgical microscope
s.  Ultrasonic testing equipment for AT weld rail joints.
Nature of work and Test facilities available in various laboratories of M&C Directorate are as under:
Sr. No. MIT Section
1. Nature of work: Metallurgical testing and failure Investigation of failed components involved in accident.
2.  Testing facilities
  i) Chemical Analysis - Using Spectrometer and by Wet Analysis.  
ii) Hardness testing - Brinell Hardness Rockwell Hardness Vickers Hardness
iii) Tensile Testing.
iv) Impact Testing - Up to-20oC.
v) Bend Test.
vi) Micro Examination by Optical Microscope.- Depth of decarburisation- Inclusion rating.- Grain Size determination- Coating thickness. MTD Section
(A) Investigation & Failure Analysis
  i)  Hardness test – in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh or M&C Dte.    (Investigation Section)RDSO.
ii)  USFD test - in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh or  NDT Section/M&C Dte.
iii) Load Deflection test - in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh .
iv)  Chemical analysis - in co-ordination with Met Analysis/M&C Dte.
v) Macro Examination- in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh.
(B)  Training & Certification of A.T.Welders of Private Contractors.
i)  USFD Test, Load Deflection, Macro Examination- in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh.
(C)  Portion, Equipment & Technology Development
i)  USFD, Hardness, Load Deflection, Macro Examination- in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh, Lucknow. ii)  Chemical Analysis- in co-ordination with Investigation Section/M&C Dte.
iii) USFD- in co-ordination with NDT Section/M&C Dte.
iv)  All the equipment testing like preheating torch, compressor, weld trimmer- in co-ordination with TPP/Charbagh. CORROSION ENGG. LAB.
I- Nature of Work
  1.  Testing of Paints based on Alkyd, Epoxy and PU based paint for establishing the validity of specifications framed by M&C Dte.
2.  Testing of paint samples forwarded by QA Dte. in connection with Vendor approval / reapproval.
3.  Testing of paint samples forwarded by QA Dte. in connection with Quality Audit of paint firms.
4.  Corrosion studies related to Rail and  Rail fastenings .
5.  Corrosion studies related to OHE components.
6.  Corrosion studies related to Wagon construction materials.
7.  Project work on development of fire retardant paint for interiors of coaches.
II  Important Test facilities available in the Lab.
  1.       Humidity chamber to check the corrosion resistance property of paint under conditions of condensation.
2.      Salt spray cabinet to test the corrosion resistance under saline conditions.
3.      Glass-o-meter of 450/600 angle of incidence to test the gloss of the paints.
4.      Abel’s flash point apparatus for checking the flash point of paint and   allied material.
5.      Black and white charts to find out the wet capacity of paints and primers.
6.      Flexibility and adhesion apparatus to find out cracking or detachment of film on  bending.
7.      Scratch hardness tester (Automatic) to check the hardness of the paint films.
8.      Flow cup (ford cup no. 4) to find out the viscosity of paints and primers.
9.      Wt/10 lit. cup to find out the mass in Kg/10 litre.
10.      Hegman gauge to check the fineness of grind of pigment .
11.    Centrifuge to separate the pigments from paints.
12.    Dry film thickness measuring device to find out the DFT  of paint film.
13.     Ring & ball apparatus to find out the softening point of bituminous materials.
14.    Accelerated weathering tester(QUV) to check the durability of paints.
15.    Hot air electric oven for heating and stoving of paints and other allied material
16.    Muffle furnace should be there for estimation of purity of pigments .
17.    Digital Elcometer for measuring the dry film thickness of paint coatings.
18.    Salt Fog Apparatus for to test the corrosion resistance of high performance coatings and metals. CTL Lab.
I Nature of Work :
  1.  Testing of cleaning compound for exterior of IR Coaches.
2.  Testing of cleaning compound for tank wagon.
3.  Testing of cleaning compound for condenser of AC Coaches
4.  Testing of Diesel Engine Cooling Water Corrosion inhibitor.
5.  Testing of  Retro reflecting sheet.
6.  Testing of  Insecticidal paint.
7.  Testing of  cleaning solvent for Electric rotating machine for Diesel Locos.
8.  Testing of  Carboxylate base cooling water corrosion inhibitor.
9.  Testing of  Paint Remover. II- Important Test facilities available in the Lab.
1.  Alphameter for measurement of paint film thickness.
2.  Elico digital pH meter for determination of pH.
3.  Ford Cup No.4 Viscometer for determination of consistency of paint & allied product.
4.  Glossometer (Novo Gloss) for determination of Gloss values of paint film at 60oangle.
5.  Hodiday detector for detection of paint film defects (Pin hole).
6.  Digital Flame Photometer for detection of elements i.e. Na, K, Ca
7.  Sheen Wet Abrasion Scrab  Tester (Toshaniwal) for determination of effect of Abrasion property on painted panels.
8.  Airless Spray Painting  equipment for airless spray painting.
1 Nature of work :- Project work pertaining to requirement of data for designing of the Railway components .  
2  Importance Test Facilities :- The followings test facilities are as under 
  i) To conduct the fatigue properties of the materials .
 ii) To study the wear characteristics of the materials .
 iii) To evaluate the fracture toughness and FCGR of the materials
1.  Nature of work - 
  (a)  Preparation of various type of test pieces for testing of welding consumables.
(b)  Preparation of  test pieces for Mechanical & Chemical testing of metals & alloys.
2.  Test facilities – Performance testing facilities of welding consumables as above. Rubber & Plastics        Nature of work being done:
The Polymer & Composite Section of M&C Directorate is engaged in testing and evaluation of large number of polymeric and allied materials. These products are required to be tested for the purpose of development and standardization of new components/materials, vendor approval, investigations and audit & crosscheck of samples referred to by various design directorates of RDSO, Railway Board, Railways and Production units.      Major important test facilities:     
S.No                Name of Test
1. Visual Examination
2. Dimensional check
3. Hardness (Shore ’A’)
4. Tensile Strength & Elongation at Break
5. Modulus
6. Compression set
7. Tension Set
8.  After Ageing i)Tensile Strength & Elongation at break ii)Modulus iii) Hardness (Shore ’A’)
9. Electrical Resistance
10. Resistance to fluids & Chemicals(by volume)
11. Specific gravity
12. Polymer Identification By flame test
13. Load deflection
14. Adhesion
15. Extended ageing
16. Extraction
17. Ash content
18. Tear Strength
19. Dynamic properties of rubber pad
20. Stretch test for ’O’ ring
21. Stretch test for Rolling ring
22. Secant stiffness
23. Shear bond test
1. Visual Examination
2. Hardness (Rockwell ’R’)/Shore ’D’
3. Dimensional check
4. Melting Point
5. Specific gravity/Density/Bulk density
6. Water absorption
7. Resistance to boiling water
8. Inherent viscosity/MFI
9. Tensile Strength & Elongation at break
10. Cross breaking strength
11. Fire resistance/ flammability
12. Oxygen index
13. Izod impact strength
14. Compressive strength Proof Load
15. Compressibility & Recovery
16. Ash content (%) Glass content
17. Electrical resistance
18. Internal cavity
19. Crushing test on bush
20. Annealing test
1. Visual Examination
2. Dimensional check
3. Hardness (Rockwell ’R’)
4. Ash content (%) Glass content
5. Specific gravity
6. Insert pull out
7. Bolt pull out
8. Bending test
9. Impact strength/Indentation
10. Tensile strength & Elongation at break
11. Resistance to boiling water
12. Fire resistance/flammability
13. Adhesion
14. Resistance to flexing
15. Dynamic fatigue test
16. Full belt tensile strength
17. Weight square meter
18. Construction/Count/No. of plies
19. Breaking strength of treated fabric
20. Adhesion of laminated or treated fabric
21. Annealing Test
22. Staining Test
23. Weldability Test in PVC
24. Mandrel flexibility
25. Curshing Test on Bush
1. Weight/Square meter
2. Construction/Count/No. of plies
3. Adhesion
Non  Destructive Testing  Section  Nature of work.
1.Preparation of code of procedure of axle, armature shaft, wheel and other rolling stock components.                   
2. Development in rail and weld testing by ultrasonic method.
3. Development of ultrasonic flaw detector  and rail tester.    
4. Consultancy  rendered to zonal and other departments of RDSO in the field of  NDT  testing in respect of flaw detection, characterization, and decision making.
5.Training & Certification  of Rly. personnel engaged in periodic testing of rails and axles.  
Major test facilities.
 1.Ultrasonic testing                   
2.Radiography testing                   
3.Magnetic Particle Testing


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