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Design and Development of Dynamic Mechanical Analyser

Primary Information


Advanced Materials

Project No.


Sanction and Project Initiation

Sanction No: F.NO.3-18/2015.-T.S.-i(Vol.III)

Sanction Date: 21/03/2017

Project Initiation date: 08/05/2017

Project Duration: 36

Partner Ministry/Agency/Industry

Jointly funded by MHRD and DST, GOI


Role of partner: Contributions of 50% of the total budget (i.e. 50% by MHRD and 50% by DST)


Support from partner: Appreciating the level of support from the partner ministry

Principal Investigator

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Tarapada RoyPrimary
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

Host Institute


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Soumya Gangopadhyay
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Somnath Maity
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Sandip Ghosh
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Rabindra Kumar Behera
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Gopalakrishna Srungavarapu
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Haraprasad Roy
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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Siba Sankar Mahapatra
National Institute of Technology Rourkela

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. Suraj Kumar Behera
National Institute of Technology Rourkela


Scope and Objectives

The proposal aims to design and develop a state-of-the-art DMA and reveal the relevant technologies to the academic and R&D institutions of the country. The development of such an instrument requires interdisciplinary knowledge and human resource development, and technology integration involving: 1. Design and development of the drive system, frames and structures, guides and support systems of the equipment, and fixtures for the test specimens 2. Design and development of the chamber consisting of a vacuum system with heating and cooling options (by cryogenic cooling) along with an optional module of humidity generation and regulation. 3. Development of electromagnetic actuators to act as exciters 4. Employing modern actuators, sensors, controllers, user interfaces software and improved manufacturing techniques


The following are the proposed deliverables. 1. Development of an indigenous and generic DMA for characterisations of time, temperature and frequency dependent viscoelastic properties of conventional as well as advanced functional materials. 2. Development of embedded technologies necessary for such equipment 3. Real-time data storing and development of user interface software 4. Hands-on-training for academician and students on such development in an interdisciplinary environment 5. Introducing the developed technology to domestic manufacturers and delivering the product to larger sections of researchers and developers through reduced costing 6. The technology developed can be used to build similar equipment in the area with larger or reduced features with the same expertise gained


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Scientific Output

1 Development of technology (Completed) 2 Modelling, analysis and design of the proposed equipment (Completed) 3 Development of first prototype (in progress) 4 Modification and further testing (if required) 5 Intellectual property (IP) protection (in progress) 6 Development of the final equipment (in progress)


Results and outcome till date

1 Identification and development of technology (Completed) 2 Modelling, analysis and design of the proposed equipment (Completed) 3 Fabrication of the first prototype (started)


Societal benefit and impact anticipated

Heightened research interest on materials in space, aerospace and defence, transport, sport, military, power generation, pharmaceutical and medical applications has, in turn, augmented the demand for DMA to characterise the developed materials. The industries are also striving to find out strategic avenues to develop a cost-effective solution for characterising advanced functional materials. Although DMAs are required in many academic institutes and R&D organisations of our country, India has so far relied on foreign imports. The proposed product is designed by overcoming the drawbacks involved with the existing DMA. So, the proposed product/technology would not only cater to the needs of larger population of users in India due to its low-cost option but would also be expected highly competitive in the global market.

Next steps

1 A search of the industry for commercialisation of the developed equipment (in progress) 2 Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) with industry (In Process) 3 Testing of the developed equipment and any modification (if required) (December 2019 -April 2020)

Publications and reports

Under preparation


Under preparation

Scholars and Project Staff

A. RA - III (Postdoc) (1 Nos) tenure up to May 2020 B. SRF (3 Project Staffs and 3 doctoral students) (6 Nos) tenure up to May 2020 C. Stipendiary Engineer (3 Nos) tenure up to May 2020 D. Stipendiary project assistant (1 Nos) tenure up to May 2020

Challenges faced


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Financial Information

  • Total sanction: Rs. 36019000

  • Amount received: Rs. 23165000

  • Amount utilised for Equipment: Rs. 7150000

  • Amount utilised for Manpower: Rs. 4500000

  • Amount utilised for Consumables: Rs. 5000000

  • Amount utilised for Contingency: Rs. 1600000

  • Amount utilised for Travel: Rs. 500000

  • Amount utilised for Other Expenses: 200000

  • Amount utilised for Overheads: Rs. 3000000

Equipment and facilities


Facilities created: 1. Advanced material systems and dynamics (aMD) laboratory 2. Intelligent Microgrid (iMG) Research laboratory Main equipment purchased: i. Control system hardware and software (dSPACE ACE1104) ii. Desktops for Manpower iii. DC Power supply iv. Digital Storage Oscilloscope iv. Vibration and noise analyser v. HPC server vi. PCB prototyping machine and accessories

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