Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru

20th (Wed) - 24th(Sun), February 2019

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory


About Lab

Lab Profile (DMRL)

Abbreviation of Lab DMRL
Lab Name Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory
Address P.O. Kanchanbagh Hyderabad – 500 058
Telephone 24340051
Fax 24340683
E-Mail director@drdo.dmrl.in
Website www.drdo.org
Director’s Name Dr Vikas Kumar

Lab Profile

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) was established at Hyderabad in 1963 to meet the needs of high performance alloys and materials required for modern sophisticated warfare and weapon systems. Over the years, the laboratory has acquired a special status as a premier centre for R&D in metals, alloys, ceramics and composites. Since its inception, the Laboratory has developed and established a number of frontline technologies in the area of metallurgy and material science. Infrastructure comprising advanced experimental facilities has been evolved over decades. A second campus ‘Armour Technology Centre’ was established at Devatalagutta in 2009. The developments at DMRL have led to creation of new technology and production centres in the country. They are – Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI), a Defence PSU at Hyderabad; Heavy Alloy Penetrator Plant (HAPP), an Ordnance Factory at Tiruchirapally, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) under DST at Hyderabad and Non-Ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre (NFTDC) under Ministry of Mines at Hyderabad. In the year 2011, a Titanium Sponge Plant was created within the premises of Kerala Metals and Minerals Limited (KMML), a state PSU at Chavara, near Kollam, Kerala. Today, they are nationally important institutions in their own right.

Thrust Areas

  • Knowledge base in process-structure-property-performance relationships of advanced materials
  • Extractive metallurgy of titanium and magnesium
  • Design and development of speciality alloys, intermetallics, ceramics and composites
  • Process development and surface engineering
  • Product engineering, production support, and performance analysis of metals, alloys and composite parts

Dr Vikas Kumar

Distinguished Scientist (DS) and Director, DMRL

Dr Vikas Kumar, Distinguished Scientist (DS) and Director, DMRL obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engg. from IIT, Roorkee (earlier University of Roorkee) in 1980, M. Tech from IIT, Kanpur in 1982 and Ph.D from IIT, Madras in 1995. He has been visiting scientist for two years at Centre Des Materiaux, ENSMP, Paris, France and worked under the framework of an Indo-French collaborative research program on development of advanced materials for aeroengines. Over the last three decades, Dr Vikas Kumar has made significant contributions in the area of Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics in DMRL developing several application software codes for testing and analysis. Presently, he is involved in Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue, Damage Mechanics, Life Prediction & Structure Integrity Analysis of Military Aeroengines and Weapon systems. He has made contributions to several projects in DMRL related to development of materials for aerospace, armour and naval applications. These include indigenously developed high strength and high toughness steel DMR-1700 as replacement of Maraging steel for rocket motor casing, AB grade of steels for Naval applications, Jackal and Spade armours for body and tank applications, and titanium alloys for gas turbine applications. He has also been involved in structural integrity and lifing analysis of weapon systems such as gun barrels of various origins for Indian Army. He has been also involved in development and certification of indigenously developed AB grade of steels for Indian Navy.

He has been responsible for setting up of various collaborative research programs within India with IITs and abroad such as US Air Force (AFRL), Indo-Russian and Indo-Canadian projects. He has initiated a multi-disciplinary project on “Development of Life Prediction Technologies for Aeroengine Components” for Indian Air Force (IAF). Realising IAF’s urgent requirements, he has undertaken a multidisciplinary task of Life Extension studies of several military aeroengines owned by IAF. Among them, recent successful implementation of Life Extension programs for aeroengines has been a first major joint indigenous effort by DRDO within the country for IAF.

His fundamental and applied research work has led to several Indian and International Patents, and awards such as SAIL Gold Medal, National Research and Development Corporation’s – NRDC Award, United Nation’s WIPO Gold Medal for meritorious invention, DRDO’s Technology Group award and Agni award for Excellence in Self Reliance. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed National & International journals, and conference proceedings. Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) has also selected him as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is also Chairman of a Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on ‘Mechanical Testing of Materials’. He is the life member of several professional bodies such as The Institute of Engineers (India), Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT).


Sl No Nomenclature Dimensions (LxWxH) mm Weight (kgs) Power Requirement Additional/ other requirements
01 Titanium Sponge 260 x 260 x 275 Acrylic Box 5.0 -- a) 1 LCD screen to play DMRL’s video film
b) 1 Brochure stand for displaying DMRL’s technology brochures
c) A minimum of 2 Nos of Power points required
02 High Temperature Ti Alloys & Components
- Intercasing Ring
- High Pressure Compressor (HPC) Blades
- Compressor Disc for Adour Engine
450 (dia) 45 x 80 380 (dia) x 65 (height) 20 3.0 16 --
03 Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) Stator and Rotor Castings 200 (dia) x 90 (height) 16 --
04 Pilotless Targeted Aircraft Engine (PTAE) Rotor and Stator Castings 340 (dia) x 140 (height) 20 --
05 Directionally Solidified - Blades - Vane 240 x 170 x 80 170 x 150 x 90 1.0 --
06 Single Crystal - Blade & Vane - Twin Vane 220 x 140 x 100 180 x 100 1.0 2.0 --
07 Ceramic Cores for HPT Blades and Vanes 160 x 115 x 65 0.5 --
08 Rare Earth Magnets (assorted sizes & shapes) 370 x 260 x 115 1.5 --
Total 86 --