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Belgian Ceramic Research Centre
Mechanical Analyses
Contact person: Jean Lagneau
Young Modulus
    Resonance frequency: Lemmens Elektronika and RFDA IMCE
      up to 1700°C
    Bending Strain (3 points): Zwick
      Up to 1500°C
    Sound velocity: Krautkramer, type USD10 NF

Brinell and Vickers Macrohardness: Gnehm Brickers 220

Rockwell Hardness: Galileo Digital 25 RS

Knoop and Vickers Microhardness: Matsuzawa Seiki

Software for stress and strain simulation by the finite elements methods (SAMCEF software from the firm Samtech, B)

Compression, bending and tensile tests

    Zwick 1474
    Working conditions:
    • Compression and bending modes
    • Up to 1500°C
    • Under controlled atmosphere
    • Load cell: 0.5 to 20 kN
    • Modulus of rupture in 3 or 4 points bending
    • Toughness (indentation, dummy method, strength method, single edge pre-cracked beam, single edge notched beam and chevron notch)
    Zwick 1476/Z100
    Working conditions:
    • Compression, bending and tensile modes
    • Room temperature
    • Load cells: 10 kN and 100 kN
    Zwick 1478
    Working conditions:
    • Tensile mode
    • Up to 1600°C
    • Load cell: 1 kN
Wear resistance
    PEI device
    ASTM C-704
    Abrasimeter: Gabrielli CAP2
    Pin-on-disk tribometer: CSEM
Scratch test: Revetest CSEM
  • adhesion measurement of ceramic deposit
  • assessment of groove formation on the surface of massive materials

Refractoriness under load testing as a function of the temperature (up to 1800°C) on refractory materials according to the standards: ISO-R 1893 et EN 993-8: Pyrox

Corrosion testing and high temperature viscosity measurement: Agni FHT 165-30-HUB-RHEO, pretreatment furnace 1800°C: AGNI FHT 180-10

High temperature bending test (1600°C) according to ISO 5013 standard: Agni GHT 160-80-WB

Crey testing equipment (2) for refractory (1550°C)

Under controlled atmosphere Permanent Volume Deviation: Taman furnace (1500°C)

Scratch tester and instrumented hardness: Micro Combi Tester (CSM)

Stresses in Glasses: Leitz microscope equiped with a Berek compensator, polariscope and ASTM standard strain disks, Strainoptic Technologies 160 bench (float glass)

Mechanical strength of glass bottle: internal pressure (AGR Pressure Tester), compressive strength (Vertical load tester AGR), impact testers (body and finish Preston and Noregfabriffene)

Pressure tester in filled bottles (Sargent)

Dimension and ovality tests on bottles

Profilometer (Nikon 6C-2)

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