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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 thermomechanical 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.

Our experts hold a position as a member of the Institute of Refractory Engineers.

» Visit our ceramics sector site for further information on our refractory industry services