CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre (CSIR-SERC), Chennai, India is one of the national laboratories under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India. CSIR-SERC has built-up excellent facilities and expertise for the analysis, design and testing of structures and structural components. Services of CSIR-SERC are being extensively used by the Central and State Governments and public and private sector undertakings. Scientists of CSIR-SERC serve on many national and international committees and the Centre is recognized at the national and international levels as a leading research institution in the field of structural engineering. CSIR-SERC has been certified as ISO 9001:2008 quality institution.
Fatigue life evaluation of number of welded rail joints from government and private agencies are carried out at CSIR-SERC. Such modern fatigue strength tests are helping Indian Railways to ensure safety of rail tracks.
CSIR-SERC has bagged a major project from RDSO, Lucknow to review and evaluate suitable methodologies to reduce longitudinal forces generated on railway track particularly at bridge supports. The research findings is expected to make significant impact on the design of railway bridges.