Inorganic Materials Science
Cements, Plasters, raw materials
The methods to build time resistant architectural structures using blends of mineral has been known since roman times. But new cement or concrete formulations still need to be tested in order to be developed for more and more challenging applications
Although glass is a very common material, its increasing technicality for special applications, and issues linked with its worldwide scale manufacturing requires state of the art analytic tools.
General thermal characterization of minerals (clays, feldspars, gypsum, …) is necessary to understand their structure or change of structure with time and structure. It can for example lead to key information for the understanding of the formation of geological layers.
Ceramics, Cermets, Composites
Ceramic materials (technical or refractory) are inorganic and non-metallic. Usually they are shaped from the "green body" at room temperature and acquire their typical properties during a sintering process at high temperatures.
Metals & Alloys
With its high-sensitivity and high-temperature (up to 2400°C) thermal analyzers, SETARAM offers a wide range of systems that are specially designed for R & D on metals and alloys. Additional accessories and systems allow thermal measurements in special atmospheres (oxidative, damp, corrosive, etc.).
Nanometer scaled materials (nanocrystals, nanotubes, nanospheres, nanocomposites,…) can enhance the mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, or chemical properties of conventional materials, and help in understanding small scale physical effects because of their intermediate size between bulk materials and atomic structures.