Analytical Techniques - Microscopy & Physical Structure
The combination of state-of-the-art instrumentation and expert analysts at Lucideon guarantees optimum problem solving capability using these techniques:
- SEM/EDX (Scanning Electron Microscopy / Energy Dispersive Analysis)
Microstructural analysis, fault diagnosis, imaging and elemental analysis of small areas of solid materials.
- XRD (X-Ray Diffraction)
Mineralogical analysis of solid materials for phase determination.
- FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis)
Identification of compounds and chemical functionality in the near-surface region of materials.
- WLI (White Light Interferometry)
Topographical information from the surface including 2D, 3D images and profilometry as well as roughness parameters including surface roughness, peak height and valley depth.
- Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) Surface Area Analysis and Barrett-Joiner-Halenda (BJH) Pore Size and Volume Analysis
Precise specific surface area evaluation of materials by nitrogen multilayer adsorption measured as a function of relative pressure using a fully automated analyzer.
- Rheology and Viscosity Measurements
Rheological characterization and viscosity measurements across the full range of shear rates encountered in production, from pouring or gentle mixing through to spraying and spinning.
- High Temperature Testing
Thermal properties including thermal conductivity by fundamental and comparative gradient methods, linear expansion, pyrometric cone equivalent, permanent linear change, creep and refractoriness-under-load (RUL) in compression
- Thermomechanical Testing
Thermomechanical properties including modulus of elasticity in flexural & compressive configurations, modulus of rupture, compressive strength, flexural creep and fracture mechanics parameters.
- Zeta Potential Measurements
Charge on the surface of solid powder particles in suspension.
- Pore Size Distribution by Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry
Pore size distributions for both diameter and area determinations using mercury intrusion porosimetry in the mesoporous and macroporous ranges.
Visual, microstructural and compositional information. Full evaluation of physical, strength or performance characteristics can be determined.
- TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) - nano-scale compositional and structural information with images.
- Hardness Testing - including Vickers hardness, Vickers Micro-hardness and Rockwell hardness.
- Physical Testing - stress / strain, modulus of elasticity, fracture toughness, creep, grain size, density and porosity.