At ATRIA we have a large amount of equipment to evaluate the properties of materials and final products. By evaluating these properties, it is possible to know the limits and capabilities of the products. If you want to test your product, don’t hesitate and… discover what we do in our R&D Laboratory! Below, we present some of the most interesting techniques and equipment that you can find at ATRIA Innovation.

Color and Brightness

Color and brightness are the first two parameters that we appreciate with our eyes. However, our eyes are not objective and are unable to give us an exact value of the amount of color or brightness of a material. To solve this problem, a device called a spectrophotometer (better known as a colorimeter) is used, which gives us the color coordinates, or it is possible to measure the brightness with a glossmeter. With them we will be able to obtain a more precise and objective measurement of color and brightness, providing us with greater security and confidence when working. No more arguments about what color it is!

Wettability and contact angle

The behavior of water, or any other liquid, in contact with a material is an increasingly important parameter to determine its quality. Depending on the final application of this material, it will be interesting if it has a greater or lesser affinity with the liquid in question. For this reason, superhydrophobic materials, which repel water, or superhydrophilic materials, which attract it, are now becoming more common. This property is determined from the measurement of the contact angle that the liquid forms with the surface of the solid material. It is such an important measure and we get so many requests that we made a special post to explain it. Do not miss it!

Mechanical properties

What is the mechanical resistance of your material? With our universal testing machine, we are able to measure the resistance to bending or traction. Put it to the test and we will reveal its limits!

Traction

Tensile tests are the most fundamental tests that are usually performed on a material. In this type of test, the material is subjected to tensile forces, one or more forces are applied that try to stretch the material. The test lasts until the material breaks.

Compression

The compression test consists of determining the behavior of a material when subjected to crushing and compressive loads. From this test several properties of the material can be obtained, obtaining a stress strain diagram.

Flexion

It measures the behavior of the materials when subjected to a card. This type of test is performed on relatively flexible materials such as, for example, polymers, wood and composites.

Rugosity

Roughness can be defined as the set of irregularities of a surface. Depending on the surface finish given to a surface, it will have a greater or lesser roughness. In general, this parameter is measured with a roughness meter, which gives us a value of the average depth of the grooves of a surface. In our laboratory, in addition to this equipment, we have a profilometer, which in addition to the measurement, reproduces an image of the surface in 3 dimensions.

Impact resistence

It is one of the most important properties if your material is going to be exposed to possible impacts. It is defined as the resistance of a material by a shock with a specific load. At ATRIA we have calibrated loads to carry out this type of test!

Vibration

The objective of the vibration test will be to assess whether the material or set of materials is capable of withstanding all the possible vibrations caused during the palletizing, transport or distribution processes.

Thermal properties

The thermal behavior of a material is a parameter of great importance in determining its resistance. When talking about thermal resistance, the most common thing is to think of the ability of a material to resist a high temperature, however, its ability to withstand sudden changes in temperature is a parameter that is also important to consider. For this reason, we have several teams to evaluate both situations.

  • Thermal shock chamber

It allows evaluating the behavior of a material in the face of sudden changes in temperature, from -80 ⁰C to 220 ⁰C.

  • Muffles or stoves

They allow a material to be subjected to a high temperature (up to 1200 °C) for a certain time. In this way, it will be possible to evaluate its behavior at said temperature, life cycles and much more.

  • TGA

Do you want to know the thermal limits of a material? This equipment allows knowing the maximum temperature that a material is capable of withstanding before it degrades.

  • DSC

It measures the amount of energy absorbed or released by a sample when it is heated or cooled. DSC analysis is used to measure latent heat of fusion, reaction energy, and temperature.

Thermal shock chamber

It allows evaluating the behavior of a material in the face of sudden changes in temperature, from -80 ⁰C to Abrasion resistance
Using controlled abrasion equipment, we can evaluate the wear resistance of a surface. In addition, this equipment allows simulating accelerated surface aging. By means of a calibrated weight, the required force can be simulated, that is, the abrasive force to which the material will be subjected.

Chemical composition

What is a material composed of? Are two materials the same? What is the difference between them? These very common questions have an answer thanks to an infrared ray equipment that allows us to analyze the chemical composition of a material with certainty.

Resistance to chemical agents

One of the main causes of material deterioration is contact with different chemical compounds such as acids or cleaning agents. We carry out specific tests with the compound that can cause problems and measure its resistance. On many occasions, products such as food can also be tested, since on many occasions they also cause the deterioration of certain materials.

Resistance to weather conditions

Does a material behave the same in summer as in winter? In our laboratory we have a climatic and thermal shock chamber, capable of simulating the most extreme conditions of humidity and temperature. If you have doubts about the behavior of a material in certain climatic conditions, this equipment allows you to simulate said climate and therefore it is possible to evaluate its behavior.

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