Testing and Measurement Services

The Advanced Ceramics and Composites Laboratory was founded in 1990 with initial emphasis on the development of advanced ceramic materials and ceramic-based composites.
It has since grown very substantially and its main activities are now divided between research, funded by supranational and national authorities and industries, and testing and
measurement services to industry and institutions.
On the basis of our very extensive facilities, we can offer the following testing and measurement services to industry most of them based on ASTM or EN/ISO standards as well as
on UN Part III-2009 and EN 440-2008 transport regulations:
Mechanical Properties
FEM/CFD modelling
Mechanical Properties

1.Tensile strength and elongation of plastics, paper, composites, wood etc. at room temperature and in an environmental chamber from -196oC to 200oC and 100% humidity.
1.Tensile strength and elongation of all metals and alloys up to 800oC
2.Bending strength (Modulus of Rupture or Transverse Rupture Strength) of all plastics, paper, composites, wood etc. from -196oC to room temperature and in an environmental chamber from -196oC to 200oC and 100% humidity.
3.Bending strength (Modulus of Rupture or Transverse Rupture Strength or Flexural Strength) of ceramics, glasses and metals from -196oC to room temperature to 1250oC
4.Compressive strength of all plastics, paper, composites, wood etc. from -196oC to room temperature and in an environmental chamber from -196oC to 200oC and 100% humidity.
5.Compressive strength of all ceramics, cements, glasses and metals from -196oC to 1250oC
6.Shear strength of all plastics, paper, composites, wood etc. from -196oC to room temperature and in an environmental chamber from -196oC to 200oC and 100% humidity.
7.Shear strength of all ceramics, glasses, plastics, composites and metals at -196oC - 1250oC
8.Fracture toughness of all materials
9.Young’s and Shear modulus of all materials in tension, bending and compression.
10.Impact strength (Izod and Charpy) of all ceramics, glasses, plastics, composites, wood etc., up to 2.5Joules impact energy.
11.Impact damage by a drop-weight test to 25Joules of all materials.
12.Bursting strength of plastics
13.Adhesion strength of cements, glues and adhesives
14.Hardness according to Rockwell, Brinel, Vickers for metals, glasses and ceramics
15.Microhardness according to Knoop for ceramics, glasses and metals.
16.Scratch hardness tests for plastics etc.
17.Abrasion (2-body or 3-body) resistance for metals, plastics, composites and ceramics.
18.Cavitation erosion of metals and ceramics.
19.Creep resistance of plastics, metals (tension, bending, shear and compression) and ceramics (bending, shear and compression) to 1250oC
20.Air-born and water-born erosion resistance of metals, plastics and ceramics.
21.Fatigue resistance (up to ±10kN) of plastics, metal,wood, paper, card etc.
22.Friction coefficient of all materials
23.Seal and peel testing in tension of adhesives and glues
24.Tear properties of plastics, paper, card etc.
25.Puncture resistance of plastics, paper, card etc
26.Crushing resistance (Hertzian or Brinell) of all materials
27. Mechanical properties under controlled environments and vacuum
Thermal properties
1. Thermal conductivity of plastics, ceramics, glasses, metals and composites at 20 - 800oC
2. Thermal expansion of plastics, ceramics, glasses, metals and composites at 20 - 600oC
3. Thermal heat capacity of plastics, composites, inks, glue etc.
4. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)
5. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
6. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
7. Bomb calorimetric analysis
8. Self-ignition temperature of plastics, paper, card, ink, wood, glue, paint etc.
9. Self-heating of solids
10. Combustion temperature of soot, coal and other fuels.
11. Flammability of plastics, paper, card, wood, ink, glue, paint etc.
12. Flash point (open or closed cup) of inks, adhesives, glues, paints etc.
13. Combustion sustainability of liquids, inks, paints, glues etc.
14. Explosive properties of solids and liquids
15. Freezing and heating curves from -30 to 100oC in insulation containers
16. Thermal cycling tests from -196 to +80oC for all plastics and composites.
17. Thermal quench (shock) tests for ceramics, metals and composites up to 1500oC
18. Sintering of compacted metal and ceramic powders
19.Microwave heating and heat treatments to 1600oC
20. Heat treatment of all materials to 1600oC under air, vacuum or protective atmospheres
21. Calcination of ceramics
22. Thermal treatments of cement clinker
23. Aging and weathering of plastics, paper, composites, card, wood, inks, glue etc. under full spectrum and UV
irradiation in environmental chamber to 100% humidity and up to 50oC
24. Diffusion bonding of plastics and metals
25.Melting temperature of metals and ceramics to 1800oC
26. Softening temperature of plastics and composites
27. Exothermic (combustion) synthesis of metals and ceramics
28. Pyrophoric properties of solids and liquids
29. Flammable gas emission from liquids
30. Thermal spray-coating of plastics, metals and ceramics
31. Inductive heating and alloying of metals
32. Autoclaving of plastics etc. up to 200oC under vacuum or protective atmospheres
Chemical and Combustion Properties
1. Atomic-structural analysis using X-Ray Diffraction
2. Elemental analysis using EDX (in the SEM) and XRF
3. Molecular mass of polymers by viscosity measurement.
4. Chemical resistance of all materials to many types of corrosive chemicals.
5. Gas Chromatography
6. Determination of air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, CO2, CO)
7. Solvent separation of paints, glues, inks etc.
8. Oxidation resistance of all materials up to 1250oC
9. Test for solid oxidizing substances
10. Corrosion tests for metals
11. Catalytic measurements for various industrial and environmental processes
12. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
13.Water solubility
14. Solubility in organic diluents
15. SHS and SCS combustion synthesis
16. Flammability of paper, card and plastics and all construction materials
Physical, metallurgical and optical properties
1. Mechanical milling and alloying of metal and metal-ceramic powders
2. Density (densitometry) and specific gravity of all materials
3. Granulometry from 50nm (laser) to 5mm (sieving)
4. Specific area of powders and porous structures by BET ( nitrogen adsorption)
5. Porosimetry by nitrogen adsorption
6. Viscocity of glues, inks, adhesives, solutions etc.
7. Vacuum resistance (self-crushing of foams etc. under vacuum) to 0.01torr
8. Vibration testing to 1000g (10km/s2)
9. Air and water permeability of all porous materials, including membranes
10.Moisture absorption of plastics, paper, card, wood, composites etc.
11. Thermogravimetry of liquids, polymers and reactants
12.Metallurgical examination (and polarimetry) with transmitted or reflected light to 1200X
13.Microstructural examination using Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
14. Image analysis of metallurgical surfaces (after etching)
15. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) of thin films
16. Determination of surface emissivity of all materials to 1000oC
17. Determination of colour and whiteness of printed material
18. Determination of adhesion of ink and varnish on paper and plastic
Environmental tests
1. Salt spraying for sea corrosion tests of metals
2. Accelerated degradation of all materials including construction materials
3. Remaining strength and tests of plastics after cyclic recycling
4. Accelerated seawater degradation of paints, sealants, resins, composites
5. Chemical attack tests of metals and polymers(acidic, alkaline, salts etc.)
Other tests and services
1. Shaping by hot pressing, extrusion and rolling of metals and plastics
2. Failure analysis of materials and structures
3. Precision diamond cutting and polishing of metals and ceramics
4. 3D printing (SLA printer)
5. Isostatic (hydrostatic) pressing (cold and up to 100oC)
6. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and thermo-mechanical Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures
and thermal processes
Thermal processes
Thermodynamic properties
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