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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


Make & Model: IKA, RV-10
Location: MN-340
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Surajit Das
In-charge Email Id: surajit@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: Universal water/oil heating bath Vertical Glassware, Motorized lift with “safety-stop” function

Principle: A typical rotary evaporator has a water bath that can be heated in either a metal container or crystallization dish. This keeps the solvent from freezing during the evaporation process. The solvent is removed under vacuum, is trapped by a condenser and is collected for easy reuse.

Application: The primary use of a roto is to dry and purify samples for downstream applications. Its speed and ability to handle large volumes of solvent make rotary evaporation a preferred method of solvent removal in many laboratories, especially in instances involving low boiling point solvents


Muffle furnace

Make & Model: Rani lab, 2012
Location: BMBT-418 ( Dept. of chemistry)
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Priyabrat Dash
In-charge Email Id: dashp@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: temp. - 350 degree C

Principle: to heat the air inside its chamber using the basic fundamentals of thermal convection and thermal radiation.

Application: A muffle furnace is a furnace in which the subject material is isolated from the fuel and all of the products of combustion.



Make & Model: Electronica EIPULS 15, ECOCUT
Location: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Manoj Masanta
In-charge Email Id: masantam@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: X x Y : 250 x 350 mm Max. Work Piece Height : 200 mm Max. Table Size : 370 x 600 mm Max. Cutting Speed : 70 mm/min Tapper : ± 8 degree over 50 mm Best surface unit : 1.2 µ Ra

Principle: Electrical spark generates heat, which cut the material

Application: For conductive material, cutting complex shape, sample preparation for paleography and other study


Rolling Thin Film Oven

Make & Model: 2012
Location: Highway lab
Instrument Incharge: Prof. Mahabir Panda
In-charge Email Id: mpanda@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Functional

Specification: As per AASHTO T240 and ASTMD2872 specifications

Principle: The Rolling Thin-Film Oven (RTFO) procedure provides simulated short term aged bituminous binder as exposed to elevated temperatures to simulate the aging by plant mixing and construction.

Application: To assess the short term aging affect of bituminous binder.


BET surface area analyzer

Make & Model: Quantachrome/ AUTOSORB-1
Location: 019
Instrument Incharge: Prof.(Ms.) Susmita Mishra
In-charge Email Id: smishra@nitrkl.ac.in
Instrument Status: Non-Functional

Specification: Surface area range < 0.05 m2/g; Pore size dia range :- 3.5 to 4000 Å; Max temp. 350oC

Principle: The BET analyzer is ideal for surface area and mesopore analysis. It is a automated, high-speed equipment with one station that allow for simultaneous measurements. Adsorption and desorption isotherms, total pore volume, average pore radius, pore size distribution, and specific surface area can be obtained using Quantachrome Autosorb – 1 model. This instrument is compatible with many different gases and isotherms for a range of gases can be measured.

Application: Ideal for mesoporous materials like alumina, silica, and other oxides. Suitable both for academic research programs and industrial applications. Textural characterization of catalyst & support materials, pharmaceutical products, building materials, filters possible. Adsorption capacities of adsorbents can be measured.



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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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