Laboratory flowability testing of metallic and ceramic powders

Your needs: to use high performance powders and fluids in your production processes

Flowability describes the ability a powder has to freely flow at a constant rate as individual particles. This type of analysis measures the time it takes for a given quantity of powder to pass through a funnel, calibrated in accordance with standards.

As one of a powder’s main behavioral properties, flowability is what most industrialists are interested in. A powder’s flowability performance will dictate the quality of the final product. A powder that flows easily and naturally will not need outside intervention (ex. vibrations) which would add costs and take time.

Performing flowability tests with help from an expert laboratory will allow you to determine the overall performance of your powders before using them in your production process.

Our solution: to conduct flowability testing to verify that your powders comply with standards

In accordance with ASTM B213 and ISO 4490 standards, FILAB laboratory provides industrialists with custom flowability testing services for metallic and ceramic powders adapted to simulate real production conditions. Using a Hall Funnel, FILAB can conduct tests on powder samples to determine the average flow time.

If the powder does not properly flow through the Hall Funnel, FILAB laboratory can also conduct testing with a Carney funnel in accordance with the ASTM B964 standard.

Flowability is usually mentioned as one of the criteria of a scope statement for metallic parts made using additive manufacturing, mostly in the aeronautics or Medical Device industries. Powder residue can be reused multiple times in production processes; however, their performance will degrade with each use, which consequently calls for regular inspections.

Relying on its expertise in materials science, FILAB can assist industrialists using additive manufacturing as part of their project by conducting flowability testing.

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A COFRAC ISO 17025 accredited laboratory

  • (Litters available on www.cofrac.com - Accreditation number: 1-1793)

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

  • A SAFRAN approval