Material characterization in a laboratory Ghent

Your needs: to call on a specialized laboratory to perform analysis and characterization services on your materials from Ghent, Belgium

Each type of material has its own characteristics and properties which will influence the efficiency of the finished product. The criteria when choosing a material can be based on: its chemical nature, its composition, its morphology (PSD, crystallinity…), the state of its surface, etc.

The four main categories of materials are:

    • Metallic materials
    • Organic materials and polymers
    • Minerals and ceramics
    • Composite materials

Throughout their lifecycle these materials will face numerous outside constraints which in some cases can have an effect on their behavior or their stability. From the manufacturing process to the use of the final product it is essential to ensure that the materials used are in compliance with regulations and to monitor the risks of defects (fissures, ruptures, corrosion…) by using the following methods:

  • Using materials compatible with the end product
  • Studying the material’s behavior in various situations
  • Evaluating the quality and overall safety of the material
  • Conforming with any regulations relating to the material

With the support and the experience of a specialized laboratory you will be able to both optimize your manufacturing process with better suited materials and analyze the causes and solutions of any failures that may appear in your materials or finished products.

Our solution: to provide analytical and characterization services to clients

For over 20 years FILAB, experts in analysis and material characterization, have been making their multidisciplinary knowledge (covering polymers, metallic materials, ceramics and composite materials) available to customers and providing to Ghent based companies the following services :

Material characterization

  • Chemical characterization of materials following the ISO 10993-18 standard

  • Metallographic examinations

  • Glass characterization

  • Composite characterization

  • Strength and castability testing

  • Chemical analysis of materials

  • Ceramic characterization

  • Polymer characterization

  • Characterization of metallic materials   

  • Expert appraisal of materials

Surface characterization

  • Particulate contamination analysis

  • Surface treatment analysis (chemical baths, galvanization, metallic coatings…)

  • BET surface analysis

  • Coating thickness measurements 

Failure analysis

  • Ageing studies on materials

  • Chemical compatibility and biocompatibility testing

  • Analysis and quantification of contaminants in the laboratory (residual solvents, heavy metals, phthalate, bisphenol A, ...)

  • Pollutant identification and characterization (particulates embedded in various materials)

  • Identification and quantification of potential deterioration products in accordance with the ISO 10993 set.

  • Migration tests (analysis of container/contents interactions)

Our facilities

  • Organic analyses: GCMS, LC-MSMS, IC

  • Material and polymer characterization: SEM-FEG EDX, DSC, FTIR, TGA

  • Mineral analyses: ICP-AES, ICP-MS, XRD

 With three levels of services – analysis, expert appraisal and R&D support – FILAB assists companies from all sectors and of all sizes in overcoming their industrial challenges sharing our technical know-how and the wealth of experience of its team with clients.

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

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