Today’s manufactured materials possess a complex combination of physical properties that combine to deliver the critical processing, storage, handling and performance attributes necessary in a competitive marketplace. We provide expert material characterization services of a wide range of those attributes for suspensions, emulsions, solutions, gels, waxes, powders and a host of other materials. Our testing is backed up with all the support and advice you need to ensure you:
- Understand the test methods performed and the metrics obtained
- Understand how the results gathered relate to, or predict, product performance
- Can confidently discuss the work performed with your colleagues, associates and management
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The rheological properties of most relevance to manufactured products comprise viscosity and flow behaviour, structural properties of colloidal and polymer gels and viscoelasticity under low and high deformation conditions. Typical rheological investigations into those properties deliver valuable quantified metrics such as yield stress, viscoelastic moduli (G’, G”, tan delta) thixotropy, and zero-shear viscosity. Learn more..
We can perform viscosity measurements from simple Brookfield viscosity tests to sophisticated measurements across a range of defined shear rate, shear stress or temperature conditions to suit your needs. Learn more..
We have a range of equipment and probes for performing a variety of texture tests on foods and other products and full Texture Profile Analysis measurements for the measurement of hardness, springiness, cohesiveness and resilience. Learn more..
We are now performing measurements of the lubricating qualities of products in contact with a range of soft surfaces for gaining an understanding of the interactions of materials with biological structures such as the skin, mucous membranes, tongue or palate. Learn more..
We can provide a range of powder characterisation methods including assessment of flow functions, wall friction, compaction, bulk density under a range of pressures and stickiness. Learn more..
Optical Microscopy and Imaging
Leica DM750, with phase contrast and cross polarization