Ceramics Testing

Ceramic materials are engineered to be lightweight, wear, chemical and heat resistant.  This makes them ideal for parts subjected to harsh environments where traditional metals and polymers would not endure, including aerospace components, implantable medical devices, electronics and power generation/transmission equipment.

IMR Test Labs offers ceramics testing and evaluation to support R&D efforts, production control and can provide failure analysis if your materials do not perform as expected.  

Learn more about our ceramics testing capabilities below, or request a quote today.

Ceramics Testing Methods

Chemical Composition

Heavy Metals Analysis (ASTM F1088)
ICP Chemical Analysis
Identification of Unknown Powders
Particle Size
Sieve Analysis
RoHS Testing
XRF Analysis

X-Ray Diffraction Analysis

Ca:P Ratio of Hydroxyapatite
Compound Morphology
Crystal Structure
Phase Identification
Powder Diffraction

Mechanical Testing

Abrasion Testing
Bend Strength
Density
Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
Fatigue Testing
Indentation Toughness
Modulus of Rupture (MOR)
Single-Edged Notched Beams (SENB)
Wear Testing

Materialography

Failure Analysis
Fractographic Analysis
Grain Size
Microhardness (Knoop, Vickers)
Microstructure
Porosity (via Image Analysis)

 

Biomedical Ceramics Testing

The medical device industry is finding new, effective ways to utilize ceramics to improve device durability and biocompatibility, which in turn help with patient longevity and quality of life. Due to the fact these materials are implanted in the human body, ceramic testing is critical to ensure patient safety.

Ceramic coatings on medical devices extend the life of orthopedic implants and also allow them to be more easily integrated into the body with coatings such as Hydroxyapatite.

We offer testing on a wide range of ceramic coatings for production control, to support R&D efforts or overflow testing for your internal lab.

Ceramics Analysis for the Energy Industry

Ceramic materials are key to more efficient energy systems. Power generation components require the ability to withstand harsh environments while providing superior electrical, physical and thermal properties.

IMR Test Labs provides ceramic testing services to many major energy industry suppliers. Our experts have worked with thermal barrier coatings such as plasma and EB-PVD as well as ceramic matrix composites, raw powders and much more.

We provide analytical services that include fatigue, composition, physical properties, metallurgical evaluation and failure analysis.

Aerospace Coatings Analysis

The environment inside modern engines requires a high-performance material, impervious to high-heat conditions. Ceramics have long been used in the aerospace industry due to their durability.

IMR is well known for our ability to analyze thermal barrier and other ceramic coatings. We can also provide ceramics testing services on materials from raw powders and parts that span from particle size to failure analysis.

Ceramics Testing for Electronics Manufacturers

High-quality ceramics improve performance and reliability of electronic devices. Ceramic parts also allow for smaller and more compact devices.
IMR has extensive experience with electronic packaging testing, including RoHS, metallurgical evaluation, failure analysis and raw materials analysis.

We have performed ceramics testing on chips, capacitors, resistors and more. We can look at individual components as well as the assembled package, from characterization of multilayer capacitors to solder joints and investigation of shorts and opens.

Ceramics Testing for the Dental Industry

Dental ceramics are constantly evolving to provide superior strength, wear resistance and durability.

IMR has extensive experience working with these materials and providing routine production control, support for R&D and failure analysis services to numerous dental ceramic manufacturers.

We have tested raw formulations as well as finished materials for a wide range of properties. From basic composition to failure analysis, IMR’s labs can provide the answers you need on your dental materials.

Ceramic Materials Analyzed

Alumina/Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3)
Barium Titanate (BaTiO3)
Beta-Tricalcium Phosphate
Biological Ceramics
Bioglass
Borides
Boron Carbide (B4C)
Carbides
Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC)
Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC)
Glass

Hydroxyapatite (HA)
Nitrides
Oxides
Porcelain
Silicon Carbide (SiC)
Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)
Silicon Nitride (Si3N4)
Titanium Dioxide/Titania (TiO2)
Tungsten Carbide (WC)
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ, YTZ)
Zirconium Dioxide/Zirconia (ZrO2)
and more. Contact us today!