The project originated from industrial requirements for better characterisation of refractories. Results from ASTM methods and from methods preferred in Europe were said to differ by up to 30%. This made it impossible to design correctly furnaces for metallurgy and other applications. A new practical method had been studied by a group of laboratories from industry and was being proposed for ISO standardisation.
The purpose of the project was to connect the results of that method to results from the accurate method of hot guarded plate.
In addition, the work was intended to produce the reference materials necessary to maintain that correlation.
The project will cover several types of refractories.
The first material being studied is a porous calcium silicate.
Work is still in progress.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
ST4 7LQ Stoke-on-trent
DY13 8QR Stourport On Severn
TW11 0LW Teddington