Center of Excellence


Background: The Need for An Independent Laboratory of Indian Refractory Industry:

The refractories laboratories available in India are either research Institutes or in house laboratories engaged generally in research or quality control functions. There is longer lead time for some and conflict of interest with others makes it difficult to get any product tested independently and in a time bound manner.

In today’s' world, designers of refractories materials, equipments using refractories, purchasers and even refractory manufacturers need independent reliable testing of materials either to be used by them or produced by them. In certain cases the users insist to get the materials tested in overseas laboratory E.g. DIFK Germany, Ceram UK etc. It is costly and time consuming . A change in testing procedures some times leads to conflicts, generally resolved by intense communication. It is therefore essential that an independent laboratory be set up in the country which would have extremely high accuracy level, having modern equipments for testing as per procedures of all international specifications and provides quick results as per need of the test and industry.

Objectives of the Centre:

  • Set-up and run an Indian competence centre for refractory materials and technologies
  • The promotion of education and further training in the field of refractory.
  • Talent programmes and give awards to the students for scientific work in the field of refractory which at present, are organized by the IRMA.
  • Steering of standardization activities.

Structure of Governing Body:

  • Six members, out of which three members will be from IRMA and the remaining three members will be from IIT BHU.
  • The IRMA Chairman, Deputy Chairman and a member nominated by the Board of Directors of IRMA will be the members of the said centre.
  • The other three members of the said centre will be the Dean (R&D) and Head of the Department of Ceramic Engineering of IIT BHU and a member nominated by the Director, IIT(BHU).
  • Secretarial support to be provided by IRMA

List of Equipment Procured/In the Process of Procurement:

Chamber Furnace Muffle Furnace 1350 (Chemical Analysis) HMOR Tester
OKAY Make High Temp Chamber Furnace 1600 Deg C Fume Hood
Hot Air Oven Carbon Monoxide Resistance Tester
Mu Compression Testing Machine with Automatic Pace Rate Controller, Hobart Mixer
Analytical Balance Make Mettler Toledo SINEX Vibrating Table
Bench Top Laboratory pH meter - Make EUTECH PCE Furnace & RUL Furnace
Spectrophotometer-Make : SHIMADZU, Model: UV-1800 P.C.E and R.U.L TRANSFORMER
Chamber Furnace 1400 Deg C: OKAY Model 40C-42Y Thermal Conductivity (Hot Wire)
Porosity Balance Dilatometer
Flame Photometer Digital Electronic Balance
Furnace for testing Spalling Resistance- Qty. – Sample drilling machine with diamond drill

Plus other standard equipment, chemicals, glassware etc needed for chemical and physical testing.

Centre Operation:

Technicians of the Excellence Center are well trained for each of the tests. Laboratory in – charge would be the contact person for all the activities of Excellence Center. Results generated by the Excellence Center are vetted by a senior refractory technologist.

For testing charges and other details, please contact:
Mr. Anirbandip Dasgupta
Senior Executive Officer
Indian Refractory Makers Association
5, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani (4th Floor)
Kolkata 700 020


  • IRMA Award of Excellence 2012-13
  • Overall Excellence and Exports for Large, Medium And Small Scale Sectors
  • IRMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2012-13)

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IRMA Articles

  • Address of Welcome by Shri Arvind Jain, Chairman IRMA, at the50th Annual General Meeting on 30th August 2011
  • The greatest challenge for the future of the refractory area by V.C. Pandolfelli, Federal University of S. Carlos, Brazil

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IRMA Publication

  • Directory of Members 2013
  • Elements of Refractory Business Management
  • The Refractories Industry in India - A Study

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