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Alloy Phase Diagrams are the most important reference guides for all metallurgists in manufacturing, fabricating, heat treatment or research problems on metals and alloys. Since data on these diagrams is not adequate, a world-wide effort and organisation to generate the data became essential. The Indian Institute of Metals, under the initiative and able guidance of Late Dr. Dara P. Antia undertook to organise and generate finances for this effort in India and participate in the Alloy Phase Diagrams International Commission.
The Institute therefore appointed a committee for "Research on Alloy Phase Diagrams" in 1982. Today, the Alloy Phase Diagrams (APD) work of the IIM is acclaimed as the most important and far reaching effort of the Commission which has members from USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, France etc.
The work in India is financed essentially by the Ministries of Science and Technology, Steel and Mines, Defence, Atomic Energy and Education as well as enteriprises like Tata Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. (TISCO) and Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL).
The work is done through Category Editors and their associates at various centres in India and co-ordinted by Dr. T Mukherjee, Chairman of the APD Committee. There is an an international panel for review of the work done in India. After being reviewed and properly edited the results of the various Category Editors' work are published in the Journal of Alloy Phase Diagrams or as monographs.
The work, is divided in many centres and cach Category Editor has a very important Category under his preview. It is the responsibility of the Category Editors-in-Chief (appointed by APPDIC) to see that there is no overlap o work and systems are allotted to the most knowledgeable group of scientists, for study.
The systems being evaluated in India, names of the Category Editors and places where work is done are given below :
|Categories||Category Editor/Editors||Organisation were work is done|
|1||Iron-Ternary Systems||Prof. V. Raghavan||IIT, Delhi|
|2||Iron-Ternary||Systems Dr. V. Ramaswamy R & D, SAIL,||Ranchi|
|3||Iron-Ternary Systems||Dr. T. Mukherjee TISCO,||Jamshedpur|
|4||Nickel-Ternary Systems||Prof, K.P.Gupta||IIT, Kanpur|
|5||Zinc-Ternary Systems||Prof. A.K. Mallik & Prof. N.B. Ballal||IIT, Bombay|
|6||Zine-Ternary Systems||Prof.SurajBhan||IT, BHU, Varanasi|
|7||Cobalt-Ternary Systems||Prof.S.Ranganathan||IISc, Bangalore|
|8||Cobalt-Ternary Systems||Prof. K. Srinivasa Ragavan||IIT, Madras|
|9||Zirconium-Ternary Systems||Dr.M.K.Asundi||Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Bombay|
|10||Tungsten Binary Systems||Prof. P. Rama Rao & DR. S.V. Negendra Naidu||D M R L Hyderabad|
|11||Tantalum Binary Systems||Dr. R. Krishnan||Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Bombay|
|12||Platinum Group Systems||Dr. M.S. ChandrasckHaraiah||Bhabha Atomic Binary Research Centre Bombay|
As indicated above, India is responsible for study of the most important categories. On Iron Ternary Systems, Prof.Raghavan has already authored four Monographs, The first monograph was published jointly be the Indian Institure of Metals and the American Society for Metals. The other three monographs were published by the Indian Institute of Metals.