Ceramic Materials & Products Testing & Analysis
Ceramics are everywhere. Developing the next generation of products and getting them to market, quickly and cost-effectively is key to Lucideon. Not only does Lucideon test materials and products for raw material assessment, product development and quality control, but also, we test for product and material evaluation conformity, safety, legislative, and environmental impact purposes. This is to ensure that products are fit-for-purpose and ranges across the traditional and technical ceramics industries.
We test at all stages of the product lifecycle from prototyping to during processing and in use.
Testing can be divided into:
- chemical analysis from bulk composition to trace analyses down to parts per trillion
- mineralogical and microstructural analysis for determination of crystal structure and phase determination at nanoscale. Doping and coating composition can be determined
- surface analysis to look at staining, contamination, depth profiling, roughness and provide photos of topography
- rheological assessment – determination of shear rates
- porosity testing
- high temperature and thermomechanical tests
- BS: EN specification for traditional ceramics, glassware, cookware etc. Electrical breakdown and capacitance testing up to tera ohm range
We also offer determination of physical properties such as grading, density, porosity, strength, rheology, mechanical, electrical and thermal properties and microstructure to study product failure or defects, failure mechanisms, inclusions, grain size and bonding structures, surface analysis, degradation and contaminants.
Typical work involves the analysis and testing of tiles, tableware, construction products, sanitaryware, refractories, raw materials and advanced ceramics.
- characterisation of doped cell structures for electro ceramics
- measurement of hard coating composition and structure e.g. carbides, nitrides on machine tools
- characterization of hydroxyapatite coatings on medical implant materials
- thermal shock failure in tableware, for example: product recalls
- identification of processing issues in sol-gel transition, forming and raw materials surfactant appraisal
- contamination assessment
- corrosion products and corroded materials
Additive Manufacturing can provide innovative forming opportunities and can offer the potential of being able to be integrated alongside traditional methods
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This white paper discusses milling options, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as focusing on how the milling process can help to control key characteristics to optimize the properties of end products in manufacturing processes
This white paper looks at applications and potential applications of ceramic materials in the aerospace and defence industry
This white paper introduces the most common methods for ceramic additive manufacturing
This white paper highlights some of the testing involved in ISO 13356 and discusses how recent and ongoing research into ceramic processing provides opportunities to meet product improvement challenges
IKEA wished to appoint a preferred consultant for ceramic product sourcing around the globe
Scanning electron microscopy was used to identify the cause of a glaze pinhole fault in sanitaryware manufacture
Lucideon expertise helped a client with additive manufactured implants