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Centralised Instrumentation Facility

NIT, Rourkela (NITR) – is a premiere institute of higher learning under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), GOI and is recognized as Institute of National Importance. Government of India has elevated the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela to a deemed university under the name of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. NITR strives for creating an environment where hundreds of faculties and their thousands of students are in a teaching learning process and carry out research on subjects for wealth and well being of society.


NITR has created a massive infrastructure for R & D in most branches of engineering and science utilizing various funding sources. At NITR, no matter which agency has provided the funds, the equipment and software are available for use by the entire research community. In order to maximize the utilization of all the high end equipments and their better management, these equipments are brought under one umbrella “Centralized Equipment Facility” vide resolution of 54th Board of Governors meeting in May 2017. [Read more...]


Our Instruments

Engine Combustion(Smoke) Analysis kit

Make & Model: AVL, 437 C smoke meter
Location: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Instrument Incharge: Prof. S. Murugan
In-charge Email Id: murugans@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: Accuracy and Reproducibility ± 1% full scale reading. Measuring range 0-100% capacity in % 0-8 absorption m-1 Measurement chambereffective length 0.430 m ± 0.005 m Heating Time220 V …….approx. 20 min Light sourceHalogen bulb 12 V/ 5W Colour temperature3000 K ± 150 K Detector Selenium photocell dia. 45 mm Max. sensitivity in light, In Frequency range 550 to 570nm.Below 430 nm and above 680 nm sensitivity is less than 4% related to the maximum sensitivity Maximum Smoke2100 C Temperature at entrance.

Principle: The operating principle is based on the attenuation of a light beam caused by the exhaust gases in a measuring chamber of defined measuring length, and nonreflecting surface filled homogeneously with the exhaust gas. The loss of light intensity between the light source and a receiver is measured and reported in % opacity, the calculation being based on the Beer Lambert law. The absorption coefficient “k” was also reported by the smoke meter, in accordance with the ECE-R24/ISO 3173. Condensation inside the instrument is avoided, as the measuring chamber is thermostatically heat controlled at 70 ± 5 oC.

Application: The smoke meter is used to measure the smoke emission from stationary diesel engines.


Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectroscope

Make & Model: Agilent GC: 7980B Agilent MS: 5977A with autosampler Column available: DB5MS and DB1MS
Location: Room No. 007, Ground Floor
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Sujit Sen
In-charge Email Id: sensujit@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Non-Functional

Specification: Agilent 7890B Series GC with Capillary S/Sl inlet with EPC for packed & capillary column Mass Spectrometer Detector Interface: Three channels of auxiliary EPC Microfluidics Splitter with Makeup Gas PTV Inlet, w/EPC, Septumless Extractor MSD EI with Turbo Pump Columns: i) DB-1MS 30m, 0.25mm, 0.25u ii) DB-5MS 30m, 0.25mm, 0.25u Autoinjector Wiley 9th with NIST11 Library

Principle: The GC-MS is composed of two major building blocks: the gas chromatograph and the mass spectrometer. The gas chromatograph utilizes a capillary column which depends on the columns dimensions (length, diameter, film thickness) as well as the phase properties (e.g. 5% phenyl polysiloxane). The difference in the chemical properties between different molecules in a mixture and their relative affinity for the stationary phase of the column will promote separation of the molecules as the sample travels the length of the column. The molecules are retained by the column and then elute (come off) from the column at different times (called the retention time), and this allows the mass spectrometer downstream to capture, ionize, accelerate, deflect, and detect the ionized molecules separately. The mass spectrometer does this by breaking each molecule into ionized fragments and detecting these fragments using their mass-to-charge ratio.

Application: The GCMS system is targeted for organic, biological, pharmaceutical & polymeric sample analysis (Detection and identification). Only liquid sample with less than 1000Da.


Mojo 3D Printer

Make & Model: STRATASYS / MOJO
Location: Digital Fabrication Lab
Instrument Incharge: Dr. Mohammed Rajik Khan
In-charge Email Id: khanmr@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Non-Functional

Specification: Max build size (5*5*5) inch

Principle: The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using layer by layer additive processes using FDM technology

Application: Concept visualization, manufacturing, medicine, architecture, custom art and design, etc.


The Slurry Abrasion Test Rig

Make & Model: Magnum, ASTM G 105
Location: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Samir Kumar Acharya
In-charge Email Id: skacharya@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: Abrasive slurry – mixture of alumina (1.5 kg) & water (0.94 kg) Wheel speed – 100 to 250 rpm Test load – 100N to 300N Rubber Wheel diameter 178mmx12.7mm Neoprene rubber wheel shore hardness A 50±2 & 60±2 & 70±2 Preset revolution counter

Principle: Abrasion resistance of polymeric material in different slurry media

Application: Abrasion of polymeric material in slurry media.



Make & Model: Imagequant GE
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Sujit Kumar Bhutia
In-charge Email Id: sujitb@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: Cooling Temperature: -25°C Cooling type : Peltier cooled, 8.3 megapixel CCD Depth :280 mm Dynamic Range :4.8 orders of magnitude Exposure Time :Fully automatic Focusing and Diaphragm :Fully automatic Height :570 mm Includes :Intelligent dark box,camera head, F1.4 30 mm LAS high sensitivity lens, and white- blue and UV epi-illumination. Lens Model :F1.4/30 mm

Principle: Expose dye-stained gels

Application: A compact, fast, easy-to-use CCD camera imaging system for gel analysing and UV fluorescence image capture.



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Activities of CIF

  • Dr. Smrutisikha Bal is acting as the Institute Representative of I-STEM. Department Representatives have been created for 15 departments.
  • Process of creation of PIC of the equipment Facility coordinator, Equipment technologist/ Operator as well as uploading of equipment info are going on.
  • Details of equipment from concerned departments of NITR were collated as per I-STEM format.
  • CIF has registered detail profile of 309 facilities to I-STEM portal pertaining to 15 Departments, which are now revealing in I-STEM website (https://www.istem.gov.in)
  • The Institutional bank account has been configured successfully with Bill Desk payment gateway by I-STEM. Now, external users may request for equipment booking through online payment using Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking/UPI modality.

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