Tribology and Combustion Division

Tribology and Combustion division strives to undertake Research and Development activities in two highly challenging and demanding disciplines of Tribology and Industrial & Domestic Combustion. Tribology (Def. “Study of science related to surfaces in relative motion”) is derived from the Greek word ‘TRIBOS’ meaning rubbing of two surfaces. It aims at minimizing or eliminating friction and undesirable wear, thus, influencing the engineering and economical aspects of machinery. The applications of correct Tribological practices protects and enhance the life of plants and machinery, improve efficiency of operations, reduce energy consumption and prevent expensive breakdowns resulting in savings worth crores of rupees annually

Industrial and Domestic Combustion deals with the efficient utilization of fuels in industrial, domestic and rural sector. It is committed to energy conservation and pollution abatement through development of fuel efficient design of combustion appliances using petroleum (fuel oil, diesel oil, kerosene, LPG, natural gas) and biomass fuels 


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The Division strives to provide technical & analytical support to Industries and assist the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) in formulating standards for petroleum products, equipments and devices using these products. In addition the Division is engaged in providing consultancy to various oil and process industries. The customers benefit with the in-depth Tribological and Combustion know-how and strong intellectual base of the Division


A K Jain
Chief Scientist

Phone: +91-135-2660124/ +91-135-2525743

  • A K Jain
  • Dr G D Thakre
  • Surface and lubricant interaction studies
  • Development of new-generation
  • energy efficient and green lubricants
  • Tribo – Contact modeling and simulation under dry and lubricated conditions
  • Design and development of test-rigs and components for tribological applications
  • Development of Scientific methodologies for evaluation of lubricants and greases
  • Design and development of novel type maintenance free bearings
  • Tribological studies of bio-lubricants and fuels
  • Tribo – Contact modeling and simulation under dry and lubricated conditions
  • Micro-EHL and failure investigations in line contacts
  • Tribological Studies on Ionic Liquids
  • Combustion studies of biomass derived fuels for industrial heating application
  • Modeling of flames & Design optimization of domestic burners
  • Studies on fire resistant characteristics of new generation hydraulic fluids
  • Wear Rate Measurement in Automobile Gear Box Using Twin Disc Tribo Tester Through Thin Layer Activation Technique
  • Indo-US Joint Centre on Elastohydrodynamic Lubrication Studies
  • Studies on Nano-Materials for Their Use in Engine Oil Formulation for Better Fuel Efficiency
  • Thin Film Lubrication for Micro Machine Elements Under Robotic and Micro Machine (ROLLM)
  • Study on Compatibility Behavior of New Generation Lubricants with Engineering Materials
  • Miscibility and Compatibility (Physico-Chemical/ Performance) Test for Lubricants

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