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About the Centre

The centre for pioneering studies in gold and silver is a dedicated research centre aimed to study the metallurgy of gold and silver alloys. The centre, with the group of scientists of various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Materials & Metallurgy, and Manufacturing, works extensively in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing solution to jewellery Manufacturing Industries
  • Develop novel processing techniques for lightweight and high strength gold alloys
  • Corrosion and tarnish studies
  • Surface engineering and coating techniques for jewellery concerning corrosion and tarnish protections
  • Exploring application for gold leaves
  • Jewelleries in 24-Karat gold
  • High tarnish resistance silver alloys
  • Novel colour gold alloys
  • Structure-property correlation studies of gold and silver alloys.

The centre is one of its kind in our country, built with the support of the Management of SRM- University – AP, aiming to cultivate the research collaboration between academic institutions and industry. The centre was inaugurated on November 8, 2021, by Dr V. K. Sarawat, Hon’ble member Niti Ayog, in the august presence of the President, the Vice-Chancellor & the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of SRM University-AP.

The centre is led by Dr G. S. Vinod-Kumar, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. SRM University-AP has six and more years of experience handling industry-sponsored research projects, particularly in gold and silver alloys. Dr Vinod Kumar has successfully completed flagship projects and consultancy projects from Titan Company Ltd, Hosur in Gold, Silver and Brass. He has expertise in handling Gold and Silver with utmost care and can retain almost 100% of the metal scrapped during the process.

The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Hon'ble Member, Niti Ayog, Dr. P. Satyanarayanan, President, Prof. V.S. Rao, Vice-Chancellor and Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice chancellor

Facilities available at the Centre

Process equipment

  • Medium frequency Induction Melting furnace for gold and Silver
  • Vacuum Arc Melting Facility
  • Heat treatment furnaces and ovens– muffle and tubular furnaces
  • Abrasive Cutting machine Gold
  • Metallographic Polishing machine – Gold & Silver
  • Wet-chemical Lab
  • Planetary Ball Mill

Characterisation equipment

  • Metallurgical Microscope and Image analyser, NIKKON
  • Micro Vickers Hardness testing machine (10g to 2000g load), Shimadzu
  • UTM with video extensometer - ADMAT
  • Simultaneous thermal Analyser (STA) TG-DSC, SETARAM
  • Dilatometer – Fritsch -GmbH

Central Facilities of SRM–AP and SRMIST

  • X-ray Diffractometer
  • HRSEM/EDX microanalysis (SRMIST)
  • Micro-Raman Spectrometry (SRMIST)

Research Head

Prof G S Vinod Kumar
Professor, Mechanical Engineering