With the aim to increase knowledge and awareness of stainless steel among engineers and architects, the International Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee and Jindal Stainless have recently entered into a collaboration to include an elective course on stainless steel and advanced carbon special steel. The course will be included in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department (MMED) of the IIT-Roorkee.
Anjan Sil, Head of Department (HOD), MMED, IIT-Roorkee, says, “In developed countries, stainless steel is used in construction work, automobiles, railway transport, and more. In view of its high corrosion resistant and excellent surface finish, stainless steel’s applications and job markets are likely to grow in India. Hence, there is a need for engineering students to have a detailed knowledge of the metal.”
S Bhattacharya, director, Jindal Stainless, says, “Stainless steel is widely consumed internationally in transport, automobiles, aviation and construction business. The per capita consumption of the metal globally is approximately 6 kg, whereas in India, it is only around 2 kg. Thus, it is imperative that the engineers and architects of India have a deeper understanding of the metal’s properties and uniqueness.”
The Architecture & Planning Department of IIT-Roorkee will introduce courses on stainless steel modules in March 2019. Core subjects such as Modern World Architecture, will be inculcated as an elective course. Moreover, courses such as High Rise Buildings and Design Studio will focus on the upgraded technologies needed to construct mega structures out of stainless steel.
Jindal has designed the course on stainless steel in consultation with the IIT faculty and academics from other institutes. The course is a three-credit elective, and will run for three-months, which can be accessed by both the undergraduate and postgraduate students. “The curriculum shall include a mix of both theoretical and practical sessions, whereby students would also be provided hands-on training on welding and fabrication. They will learn to handle the practical problems faced on-site while handling the metal in the factories,” Bhattacharya adds. Regular visit to the manufacturing units of Jindal Stainless in Hisar and Pathredi, Haryana, will give them knowledge to understand the practical problems and solutions needed to deal with it.
“Metallurgists need to develop suitable, cost-effective alloy for individual applications. Thereby, they will find a new material to utilise its potential,” says Sil. “This course will help students find jobs in manufacturing, oil refineries and turbine factories.”
Prospects of higher education abroad
“There are many institutions that have steel-based research programmes on materials science, advanced study on the development of special alloys for oil and gas industry, and development of innovative solutions for steel and mining technology. In fact, in foreign universities special researches are being done on increasing the quality and usage of stainless steel,” Sil adds.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA; Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; Sandvik Research Laboratory, Sweden; POSCO, South Korea, and Arcelor Mittal in both France and Belgium as some of the research institutes and laboratories overseas that are working on advancement of Stainless Steel.