Laboratory for Texture and Related Studies, led by Prof. Satyam Suwas, is dedicated to research in the field of crystallographic texture. The domain of the laboratory extends from microstructural engineering to their influence of material properties. The materials processing component involves generic methods of deformation processing including severe plastic deformation processes, like equal channel angular processing (ECAP), accumulative roll bonding (ARB), multi-axial forging (MAF) and high pressure torsion (HPT).
We study conventional thermo-mechanical processing with a modern approach. While our major strength is on experimental side, we carry out crystal plasticity based simulations aiming at prediction of crystallographic textures and mechanical properties. Since the inception of the laboratory, we have studied a variety of materials. The current research students are engaged in exploring processing-texture-properties relationship in titanium alloys, magnesium alloys, refractory metals and alloys, shape memory alloys and steels.
We employ various characterization tools like XRD, SEM-EBSD, TEM, mechanical testing and computational tools for our research. We have successfully completed several industrial projects on developing materials with better mechanical properties. Recently we have started working on dielectric and thermoelectric materials with an aim to explore texture-property relationship.