Refractory Materials Testing

As a UKAS ISO 17025:2005 accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013), Lucideon provides a comprehensive refractories testing service to both national (BS, ASTM), international standards (ISO) and our own in-house, UKAS-accredited standards. We offer a wide range of physical, chemical, mineralogical and thermomechancial testing for:

  • quality control
  • quality assurance
  • failure analysis
  • tendering support
  • creation of datasheets
  • mathematical modelling.

We can inspect and sample refractory materials onsite or before shipment to ensure materials are suitable for use and to avoid costly delays.

Listed below is a selection of the tests and the industry-specific testing suites available - the list is by no means exhaustive; please discuss your requirements with our technical sales staff:


  • Modulus of elasticity, rigidity and Poisson’s ratio
  • Hydrogen diffusivity
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Density and porosity
  • Pyrometric Cone Equivalent (PCE)
  • Particle Size Determination (PSD)
  • Cold crushing strength
  • Modulus of rupture
  • Porosimetry.


  • XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence)
  • XRD (X-Ray Diffraction).


  • Compressive stress/strain up to 1550°C
  • Flexural stress/strain up to 1550°C
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Thermal shock resistance
  • Creep in compression up to 1550°C
  • Work of fracture
  • Thermal expansion up to 1600°C
  • Specific Heat
  • Refractoriness under Load (RUL)
  • Permanent Linear Change (PLC).


  • Thermal profiling and heat loss of complex shaped components and structures
  • Improved design of components such as linings and anchor systems
  • Prediction of in service stress distributions and potential overloads before scale up
  • Prediction of material performance in various applications under a range of operating conditions.

Microstructural Evaluation

  • Optical microscopy
  • SEM/EDA (Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive Analysis).

We also offer consultancy to help you optimize product and process performance and solve failures.  Find out more here

We are a consortium member of the ReStaR Project which aims to create industry accepted guidelines that can be used to ensure more translatable standardized testing. To find out more about the project please visit the official website here

We attended the final meeting of the consortium partners in Leoben, Austria, on 20 September 2015 where the consortium delivered a final set of agreed guidelines to be applied to refractory testing. A full report of the meeting and the wrap up of the research phase of the project can be seen here

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  • Guidance Document

    Lucideon Guide to Refractory Testing for the Glass Industry - Fusion-Cast Refractories

    pdf 478 KB

  • Guidance Document

    Ten Top Tips for Refractory Installation - Get it Right First Time!

    pdf 560 KB

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