NameDr.(Ms.) Manju Mittal
Date of Birth23.08.1957
Present DesignationSr. Principal Scientist
DivisionFire Research

Educational Attainments

Degree / DiplomaMain SubjectUniversity/Institution with DistinctionCountryYear of Passing
B.E.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of RoorkeeIndia1978
M.E.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of RoorkeeIndia1982
Ph.D.Chemical EngineeringIIT, DelhiIndia1996


a) Main Area of SpecializationFire Research
b) Sub-area of SpecializationExplosion Hazard Evaluation, Prevention and Mitigation

Countries visited in connection with higher studies, research training, employment and other scientific assignments:

Country visitedPurposeFromTo
The Peoples’ Republic  of ChinaTo attend the Shenyang International Symposium on Dust Explosions’ and present the paper ‘Dust Explosion Research at Central Building Research Institute, RoorkeeSept.13, 1987Sept.16, 1987
PolandTo attend the ‘Fifth International Colloquium on Dust Explosions’ and present the paper ‘Mathematical  Models for Minimum Explosible Concentration of Dusts’ and to visit some Institutes17-Apr-9330-Apr-93
U.K.Deputed under Indian National Science Academy International Collaboration /Exchange Programme with Overseas Academies and organizations for study and                                           discussions on techniques used for small and large scale experiments to investigate the explosion characteristics of gases, vapours and dusts under various operating conditions, and to design  and evaluate the various explosion preventive and protective measuresAug.1, 1995Aug.31, 1995
BelgiumTo    deliver   invited  lecture    on    the       topic   ‘Analysis of   an Explosion      Incident    in an Air Compressor    Plant            and  Remedial  Measures’, in   2nd World  Seminar  on    the  Explosion  Protection   Tech-niques   in  Practice, and visit  ExploRisk 96 Exhibition2-Mar-9610-Mar-96
U.K.For training on Laboratory Safety Management under the programme organized by CSIR for scientists of various laboratories of CSIROct.12, 1997Nov.2, 1997
Germany and BelgiumTo deliver invited lecture on the topic ‘Analysis of an Explosion Incident in a L.P.G.Plant’ in 3rdWorld Seminar on the Explosion Phenomenon and the Application of Explosion Protection Techniques in Practice; to visit ExploRisk 99; and to study explosion work being done at BGN, Mannheim, GermanyFeb.2, 1999Feb.12, 1999
Publications and Patents

  • Current Publications (2009 onwards): NIL
  • Publications previous to 2009:
  1. Mittal, M. and Singh Sahab, Ignition Temperature of Dust Clouds- Measurement and Scaling, Chemical Industry Digest, June 2007, 99-101
  2. Estimation of Explosion Voilence Characteristics for Designing Explosion Safety Measures, Chemical Industry Digest, April 2004, 55-65.
  3. Mittal, M. and Singh, Sahab,Risk Assessment to  Size Vents for Dust Explosion in Process Industries, Chemical Engineering World 34: 2(1999), 111-120.
  4. Mittal, M., Analysis of an   Explosion  Incident  In a L.P.G. Plant, Proc. 3rd World Seminar on Explosion Protection, 8-12 Feb. 1999, Gent, Belgium.
  5. Mittal, M., Minimum Ignition Energy of Dust Clouds- A Theoretical Model, Chemical Engineering World  33:8(1998),  79-86.
  6. Miittal, M. and Guha, B.K., Models for  Minimum Ignition Temperature of Organic Dust Clouds handled in Industries, Chemical Engineering and Technology 20:1(1997), 653-662.
  7. Mittal, M., Models for Minimum Explosible Concentration of Dust handled in Industries, Chemical Engineering Technology  20:7(1997),  502-509
  8. Mittal, M., and Guha, B.K., Minimum Ignition Temperature of Polyethylene Dust- a Theoretical Model, Fire and Materials   21(1997), 169-177.
  9. Mittal, M., and Arvindakshan, E., Explosion Risk in Electrolytic Chlorination Plant, Chemical Engineering World  32:1(1997), 63-68.
  10. Mittal, M.  Storage and Handling of Ammonia and Safety Measures, Chemical Engineering Digest, Sept.1997, 141-148.
  11. Mittal M., Dust Explosion Hazard and Safety Measures, Proceedings of the IICh E Golden Jubilee Congress, Vol. 1, Dec. 14-18, 1997, 14-25.
  12. Mittal  M., and Guha B.K., Study of Ignition  Temperature of Polyethylene Dust Cloud, Fire and Materials : 20 (1996), 97-105.
  13. Mittal, M., Analysis of an Explosion Incident in an Air Compressor Plant and Remedial Measures, Proceedings 2nd World Seminar on the Application of Explosion Protection Techniques in Practice, Gent, Belgium, March 4-8, 1996.
  14. Mittal, M., An  Analysis of Hazards in Chemical Industries, Indian Chemical Engineer 38: 2(1996), 69-80.
  15. Mittal, M., Adaptation of Hydrocyclone in Varying Solid handling by Air Injection, Chemical Engineering and Technology 19: 6(1996), 510-513.
  16. Mittal, M., Explosion Characteristics of Coal-Dust-Air Mixture, Chemical Engineering World  31: 9 (1996), 171-177.
  17. Mittal, M., Risk Analysis for Boiler Explosions using Fault tree, Chemical Industry Digest, Sept. 1996, 146-152.
  18. Miittal , M.,  Zircaloy Dust Fire and Explosion Hazards in Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plants, The Fire Engineer 20: 2(1995),  19-25.
  19. Mittal, M., Control Explosions in Flare Stacks, Chemical Industry Digest, Dec. 1994,  112-116.
  20. Mittal, M., et al.,Fire and Explosion Hazard and Safety in Ammonia Plants, Chemical Engineering World. 29:12(1994), 135-149.
  21. Mittal, M. Explosion Hazard and Safety in Industries –Situation in India, EuropEx News Letter, Edition 26, Dec.1994, 7-10.
  22. Mittal, M.,Industrial Explosion Hazards and Safety: An Overview, Proceedings, Indian Chemical Engineering Congress, Dec. 14-17, 1994, IIT, Kharagpur
  23. Mittal, M., Dust Explosion Risk Analysis- Pneumatic Conveying System, Proceedings Sixth International Colloquium on Dust Explosion, Shenyang, The People’s Republic of China., Aug.29-  Sept.2, 1994, 381-390
  24. Mittal, M.,and Singh Sahab, Transient Temperature leading to Fire and Explosion in Industries, Chemical Engineering World 29:2(1994),  43-47.
  25. Mittal, M., and Guha. B.K., Industrial Fire and Explosion due to Electrostatic Ignition, Chemical Eng. Technology   16(1993), 325-331.
  26. Mittal, M., Prevention of Explosions in Package Boiler Furnace, Chemical Industry Digest, Dec. 1993,  131-137.
  27. Mittal, M., Explosion Hazard Evaluation Facilities at the Central Building Research  Institute, Roorkee, The Fire Engineer, 18:4(Dec.  1993), 7-14.
  28. Mittal, M., Editorial on Explosion Studies at CBRI, EuropEx News Letter, Sept. 1993, Edition 22.
  29. Mittal,  M., Mathematical Models for Minimum Explosible Concentration of Dusts, Proceedings of the Fifth International Colloquium on Dust Explosions, Pultusk, Warsaw, 19-22 April, 1993,  247-256.
  30. Mittal, M.,Singh,Sahab., Explosion Hazard in Regeneration Gas Heater- L.P.G. Plant, Chemical Engineering World, 17:10(1992),113-119
  31. Mittal,M.; Guha B.K. and Dhingra,S.C., Dust Explosion Hazards in Industries: Evaluation, Prevention and Mitigation, Proc. CHEMCON’91, Madras, Dec.18-21,1991.
  32. Chandra,M., Mittal, M.,Singh,S.,and Tyagi, N.S., Doors as Smoke Barriers in Fire, The Fire Engineer,16:4(1991),70-74
  33. Mittal,M.,Panesar,P.S.,and Sharma,B.D., Effluent Treatment using Hydrocyclone,J.IE(I), June EN,68, Oct-1987,5-9.
  34. Mittal,M, Dust Explosion Research at Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, U.P. India, Proc. Shenyang International Symp. on Dust Explosion , Sept.14-16,1987, 539-556
  35. Sharma, T.P., Mittal, M., and Lal, B,B., Structural Fire Protection in Process Plant Industries, Proc. National Seminar on Status and Growth Strategies of Chemical and Allied Industries, Lucknow, Dec.22-24,1986,IV:47-IV:51.
  36. Chandra M., Mittal,M., Singh, S., and Tyagi, N,S., Mock-up Facility for Studying High Rise Building Smoke Problems, The Fire Engineer, June 1986, 22-26
  37. Mittal,M., Explosdion Hazard in Industries-Role of Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, Proc. National Seminar on Status and Growth Strategies of Chemical and Allied Industries, Lucknow, Dec.22-24,1986,IV:21-IV:24.
  38. Mittal,M. and Chandra, M. Static Electricity Hazard in Industry, Proc. All India seminar on Fire Protection System, Delhi, Aug.9-10,1986,IC 11-IC 22.
  39. Mittal,M. and Chandra M., Combustion Products of Fire, Toxicity Evaluation, The Fire Engineer, 10:1(1985),7-13.
  40. Chandra,M., Mittal., M., Singh,S., and Tyagi, N.S., Fire Safety in High Rise Buildings, Proc. Seminar on Recent Developments in Construction Technology and Management, ONGC, DehraDun, Feb.22-24,1985,IV 7-IV10.
  41. Mittal,M., and Chandra,M., Combustion Products of Fire, Toxicological Effects, Toxicity Data and Material Ranking, The Fire Engineer, 10:.2(1985),  25-34.
  42. Chandra,M., Mittal M., Singh S., and Tyagi, N.S., Smoke Movement and Control in High Rise Buildings, The Fire Engineer,8:2(1983),15-21
  43. Mittal,M., Panesar P.S. and Sharma, B.D., Split Ratio in Hydrocyclone with Pneumatic Injection, Proc. International Symposium on Water Resources Conservation, Pollution and Abatement, Roorkee, India, Dec.11-13,1981,245-258
  • Tech. Reports: 30 No.
  • Scientific Books / Book Chapters: NIL
  • Articles: NIL
  • Patents filed / granted: NIL
  • Processes Developed: NIL
  • Process Under Utilization: NIL

Awards and Distinctions (including fellowships of the learned societies):.

Name of AwardAwarded byAwarded forYear
Invitation by BGN Germany for visiting their labEuropEx, BelgiumExplosion work1999
Guest Speaker in Seminar on ExplosionBGN, GermanyExplosion work1999
Guest Speaker in Seminar on ExplosionEuropEx, BelgiumExplosion work1996
Membership of European Expert Team in the area of ExplosionEuropEx, BelgiumWork done in the area of explosion1993
Membership of Editorial Board for technical Journal published by EuropEx, BelgiumEuropEx, BelgiumExplosion work1993
Merit promotion to next higher gradeCBRI (CSIR)Work done during  1985-19881988
U.G.C. FellowshipUGCFor M.E. course based on B.E.  result1978-1980
National Merit Scholarship of Govt. of IndiaGovt. of IndiaFor B.E. course based on position in merit in intermediate exam1974-1978
Professional Experience:
Working as scientist in Fire Research Division, Central Building Research Institute , Roorkee, since April 1980.
Any other:
CEN/TC305/WG2-European Committee for Standardization of Equipment for use in potentially Explosive atmosphere, Germany;  Bureau of Indian Standard; Loss Prevention Association, India; National Safety Council, India; European Centre for Explosion Protection, Belgium; Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers.Indigenous infrastructure has been developed for evaluation of explosion risk associated with industrial units and to safeguard them against this hazard on the basis of R&D work leading to scientifically reliable information and data. The experimental facilities include: Vertical glass tube apparatus, Horizontal glass tube apparatus, Inflammator, Godbert- Greenwald furnace, and a 20 litre vessel for studying explosion characteristics of dusts. The 20 litre Spherical Vessel  is the Internationally accepted minimum size of vessel for explosion studies. The expenditure done in providing this facility is around 3.0 lakhs only which would have costed  Rs. 50.00 lakhs if imported The infrastructure has been used for the projects sponsored by industries. Expertise has been developed  in handling the explosives and pyrotechnic igniters based on training in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanthapuram, and  CMRI, Dhanbad.