Rock Fracture Mechanics Laboratory is an integral part of the Centre for Testing Services (CTS). It caters to the needs of the national and international clients as per established Standards. This lab is equipped with the state-of-art facilities for determining various physico-mechanical properties of the intact rock as well as on rock joints.
The Centre for Testing Services (CTS) is the prime centre of excellence that is housed at the Registered Office of NIRM, Kolar Gold Fields. The Material Testing Laboratory under CTS is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and manned by trained and experienced professionals. It has capabilities to provide the clientele with accurate and reliable results in par with international standards mainly in the following areas:
The destructive tests are conducted on steel wire ropes (diameter range from 8 to 55 mm) conforms to the procedures laid out as per BIS and other national and international standards. The breaking load of steel wire rope samples sent from various mining companies is determined periodically at CTS to determine the residual life of the wire rope. In addition to this, tensile tests, reverse bend tests and torsion tests are conducted on individual wires of the rope samples to determine the change in parametric values. The non-destructive tests carried out at CTS comprises of different methods such as visual testing, dye-penetrant testing, ultrasonic testing and magnetic particle testing. These tests are requisites for the safe workings of mining and allied industries as per ASTM and Indian standards. Winders, vital mining machinery components, heavy earth moving machineries, large ore/coal handling plants etc are subjected to these NDT tests. Wire rope defect graph studies are conducted on ropeways, transport systems for men/material movements in underground mines, inclines, passenger car transport systems at hydro-electric project sites, hill stations and pilgrim centres etc., in accordance with prescribed safety standards Proof load tests are conducted on all prototype mine machinery components immediately after the manufacture to ascertain the efficacy of the predesigned safe working load. CTS has well chalked out expansion and diversification plans in the area of safety training, safety audit, certification, research and development of safety bench marks for mining, civil and petroleum sectors.