Metallurgical Research Institute (MRI)

About the Institute
The Metallurgical Research Institute (MRI) undertakes research and development in mining, metallurgical, materials, foundry and other forming technologies, and to develop and commercialize a portfolio of bankable projects in the specialized area of metallurgy.

 

  • The Goals of the Institute

    • Providing technical consultancy and training services to the mining and metallurgical industry.
    • Assaying and analytical services for base, minor, platinum group metals (PGMs) and precious metals, ferro-alloys, coals and metallurgically complex (refractory) ores and concentrates.
    • Pre-feasibility and due diligence studies in mineral and extractive metallurgy projects.
    • Metallurgical accounting, process audits, trouble-shooting and optimization of mineral processing circuits
    • Value addition processing and beneficiation of local mineral and energy resources
    • Development, production and supply of mining, mineral processing, automotive and agricultural equipment and spares.
    • Development and production of refractories.
  • Institute Divisions
    The MRI consists of five departments as listed below:

    Materials and Processes:

    • Refractories
    • Fine ceramics
    • Powder metallurgy
    • Composites

    Physical Metallurgy:

    • Training in physical metallurgy principles
    • Mechanical testing of materials
    • Non destructive testing of engineering materials
    • Failure analysis of engineering components
    • Material selection for various industrial applications
    • Heat treatment procedures, surface treatments, etc
    • Laboratory quality control

    Foundry Technology:

    • Sand management in foundries, i.e. CO2 sand, resin and green sand.
    • Methoding, i.e. design of sprues, runners, ingates and risers.
    • In-depth reject analysis.
    • Assistance with melting and casting of alloys both ferrous and non-ferrous.
    • Spheroidal Graphite Iron (SGI) and Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) manufacturing technology

    Extractive Metallurgy:

    • Mineral extraction and refining (gold, chromium, platinum group metals, base metals etc.)
    • New product and process development
    • Mineral value addition processing, e.g. tantalite, chromite ores, base metal ores, rare earth metals, etc.
    • Laboratory scale metallurgical test works and process flow sheet development
    • Metallurgical accounting, process audits, trouble-shooting and optimization of mineral processing circuits
    • Process plant flow design and costing
    • Optimization of crushing and milling circuits

    Pyro-Metallurgy:

    • Value addition processing of low grade oxide ores and coal resources
    • Laboratory scale tests and flow sheet development in direct reduced iron (DRI) making processes
    • Trouble shooting and process optimization in iron and steel making processes
    • Smelting reduction of iron and chromite ores
    • Process improvement and optimisation, e.g. optimisation of slag/alloy separation for high carbon ferrochrome production
  • Products on Sale

    • Customised machine spares and components in cast iron.
    • Pumps
    • Spares

For Further Information Contact:
The Director, MRI
Landline: + 263(242) 860332 (direct line), 860320, 860322
FCT Lines: +263-778860323, 778860324, 778860327
Mobile: +263785218860
Email: mri@sirdc.ac.zw, nnyemba@sirdc.ac.zw