A new state of the art HIP facility has been officially inaugurated at India’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Reported to be the first HIP facility in the country in terms of its capability, the press has a hot zone measuring 500 mm high with a diameter of 350 mm. The operating temperature is 2000oC and pressure is 2000 bar.
The facility was opened by Shri A S Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation in the presence of Dr K Sivan, Director, VSSC, and senior colleagues.
The HIP facility will be initially used for enhancing yield and reliability in the processing of investment cast components in projects linked to ISRO’s cryogenic and semi-cryogenic engines. It was stated that ceramic and other high temperature materials will be processed in a number of upcoming programmes, where HIP enables the solid state processing of these materials through a Powder Metallurgy process route.