Physical & Thermal Testing

Tests to determine a wide range of physical properties on raw materials, semi-finished or finished products are available. This may range from UKAS ISO 17025:2005 accredited (UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 0013) to documented methods, national or international standards through to industrial or customized procedures.

Whatever the specification, the testing is to the highest standards using transparent, traceable, calibrated approaches by highly qualified and experienced technical staff.

Thermal testing can range from measuring expansion at modest temperatures through to testing at high temperature to show fitness for purpose in harsh and corrosive environments. Customized testing regimes can be developed to proof test products in a wide range of industrial applications.

Examples of some of Lucideon's physical tests and thermal tests are shown below.

Physical Properties

Whilst many of the tests conducted are specific to particular materials and applications, others are more general in nature. Most of the tests are conducted to specific testing regimes under ISO, EN, BS, ASTM and DIN methodologies.

Refractories and Raw Materials

  • Abrasion resistance
  • Carbon monoxide attack
  • Crushing strength
  • Dimensions
  • Fired shrinkage
  • Modulus of Rupture
  • Permanent Linear Change
  • Plasticity
  • Porosity
  • Refractoriness
  • Sieve grading
  • Thermal shock
  • Density
  • Change in dimensions
  • Creep
  • Erosion of fibres
  • Flexural strength
  • Particle size
  • Permeability
  • Pore Size Distribution
  • Pyrometric Cone Equivalent (PCE)
  • Refractoriness-under-load
  • Surface area
  • Vitrification.

Building Products

  • Bending strength
  • Capillary absorption test
  • Density
  • Drying shrinkage
  • Flexural strength
  • Water absorption
  • Moisture movement
  • Reaction to fire
  • Voids
  • Thermal properties
  • Vapour permeability
  • Bond strength
  • Compressive strength
  • Dimensions
  • Efflorescence
  • Freeze thaw
  • Water suction
  • Nib support
  • Sand grading
  • Tensile splitting
  • Transverse strength.

Tiles, Adhesives and Grouts

  • Breaking load
  • Color differences
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Flexural strength
  • Impact resistance
  • Moisture expansion
  • Rectangularity
  • Shear strength
  • Slip resistance
  • Tensile strength
  • Thermal shock
  • Water absorption
  • Chemical resistance
  • Crazing resistance
  • Dimensions
  • Frost resistance
  • Modulus of Rupture
  • Adhesive open time
  • Staining
  • Slip
  • Surface quality
  • Thermal expansion
  • Transverse strength.

Tableware

  • Annealing
  • Crazing resistance
  • Edge chipping resistance
  • Freezer resistance
  • Freezer to oven resistance
  • Handle strength
  • Heat transfer
  • Metal marking
  • Minimum wall thickness
  • Stability
  • Thermal shock - boiling water
  • Translucency
  • Centre impact resistance
  • Dishwasher resistance
  • Fragmentation
  • Freezer to microwave resistance
  • Handwashing
  • Handle temperature
  • Knob and handle temperature
  • Microwave oven resistance
  • Pouring and lid fit
  • Thermal shock - oven
  • Thermal shock - tempered/toughened glass
  • Water absorption.

Testing of Thermal Properties

Whilst many of the tests conducted are specific to particular materials and applications, others are more general in nature. Most of the tests are conducted to specific testing regimes under ISO, EN, BS, ASTM and DIN methodologies. Some of the available tests are listed below:

  • Specific heat
  • Specific heat capacity fibres
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Thermal expansion.

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