Tube Investments of India
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Technology Centre

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Overview of Corporate Technology Centre

TII’s pursuit of Engineering Excellence has always been backed by robust R&D initiatives. The trigger for many of these initiatives has been proactive interactions with customers. Over the decades, many new products and processes have evolved from this. Synergising the initiatives across various divisions, three subdivisions namely, Product and Process Engineering, Testing and Research were established with Scientists, Engineers and Technicians.

Corporate technology center works on business driven R&D projects with specific focus in "metal forming", "thermal processing" technologies and the “engineering design” oriented towards products and process simulation and analysis.

The global trend is shifting from product manufacturing and testing of parts for validation, to computerized design, simulation, prototyping and performance testing.

The state-of-the-art computing facilities in the centre enable the organization to do virtual simulation and prototyping of new products. Also these facilities are oriented towards process simulation to facilitate improved process control in manufacturing. The outcome of engineering design analysis is validated through use of experimental techniques. These include strain gauging and fringe pattern analysis.

Virtual prototyping also assists in the design of robust manufacturing processes and in rapid tool development. TII continuously works with reputed Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) companies to bench mark its solutions.

TII is a pioneer today in innovating & engineering products for the future with proven expertise in:

  • 3D CAD modeling – Products and Assembly
  • Numerical Modeling – Product and Process using FEA
  • Process Optimisation – Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Prototyping - Products & Processes
  • Testing – Mechanical, Endurance, Corrosion and High Strain Rate testing
  • Investigation – Optical (Micro & Macro structure), Scanning electron microscope, Micro hardness and Dye Penetrant test.

Some sample areas of analysis:

Product Performance Simulation in FEA

Stress analysis in drive chains Operating load simulation of cycle structure assembly

Manufacturing Process Simulation in FEA

Roll forming of ERW tubes Hydro forming simulation Stretch bending analysis of car door frames
Tube drawing process

Collaboration with Academia

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M):
The Murugappa Group has a MoU with the Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (IC&SR) at IIT Madras. This MoU facilitates joint initiatives to identify areas of Research work between Murugappa Group companies and the appropriate Departments at IIT M. TII has taken this forward by way of having, on an average, three running projects at any point of time with Departments of Metallurgical Engineering and Material Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. The typical duration of a project is about six months. Upto Mar 2013, TII has completed 13 such projects.

TII R&D Engineers register as "external candidates" for Master of Science leading on to Doctorate programs with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as also the Department of Applied Mechanics of IITM.

TII along with its sister company CUMI is a co-sponsor of “Nano Functional Materials Technology Center" hosted by IITM. Areas of identified research work include development of Nano particle wear coatings, corrosion resistant coatings and energy storage devices.

With the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) at IIT Madras, TII has started a Technology Appreciation Program. The program targets engineers in various functions across TII and aims to provide a refresher on aspects of Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy and Applied Mechanics.

Technical Papers

TII encourages its research engineers to participate in professional seminars and exchange knowledge. TII engineers have published many papers in international conferences. References of recently published papers are given below:

Title Venue Date Abstract
Effect of material characteristics on the formability of solenoid casings Materials And Product Design AMPD 2015, NIT,Surat Jan, 2015 Abstract
Parametric Studies on Side Impact Beam Tube 5th International and 26th All India Manufacturing Technology, Design and Research Conference, AIMTDR 2014, IIT Guwahati, India Dec, 2014 Abstract
Development of stepped tubular components for automotive application using Tube Extrusion process Automotive Material and Manufacturing Conference 2014, ARAI Forging Division, Pune April, 2014 Abstract
Development of Tubular stabilizer bar for commercial vehicle using advanced high strength steel material Automotive Material and Manufacturing Conference 2014, ARAI Forging Division, Pune April, 2014 Abstract
Influence of manufacturing processes and their sequence of execution on fatigue life of axle house tubes in automobiles December, 2013 Abstract
Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings on high speed steel and WC-Co tools for metal forming applications TMS 2013, San Antonio, TX, USA March 3-7, 2013 Abstract
Compression behavior and energy absorption of aluminum alloys for automotive application International Congress on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS), IIT Hyderabad December 10-12, 2012 Abstract
Effect of residual stress on fatigue life ICSMA16 conference at IISc, Bengaluru August 20-24, 2012 Abstract
Tribological properties of lubricants with dispersions of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) ICONSAT 2012 International Conference on Nano Science and Technology, Hyderabad, India January 20-23, 2012 Abstract

Click here to access the complete list of Technical Papers published by our engineers.

The outcome of R&D initiatives has culminated in identification of new business opportunities to develop high strength steel tubular and sheet metal parts largely oriented towards the automotive industry.

These competencies developed at this center enable TII to deal with customers globally and helps in integrating our development processes with those of our customers.

Corporate Technology Centre,
Tube Investments of India Ltd.
TPI Campus,
Avadi, Chennai - 600 054, Tamil Nadu, India