Material Characterisation

Essential to materials science, the characterisation of materials involves various processes that investigate, probe and measure a material’s structure and properties.

Material characterisation is fundamental to an accurate, scientific understanding of engineering materials and it is a set of processes that is continuing to advance technologically.

Key techniques include:

• Refractometry
• Polarimetry
• Densitometry
• Sigmametry
• Sieverts method (gas absorption).

These various techniques help increase a general understanding why different materials display different properties and behaviours.

We supply a range of specialist instruments for material characterisation, including digital and high performance refractometers and polarimeters, high precision density meters and sigmameters.

DHR 95

The DHR 95 is a digital handheld refractometer. The refractometer has a 5-digit, full view LCD screen, which displays results in 2 seconds and provides automatic temperature compensated brix values within +5 to 70 °C. Various models are available depending on the application e.g.  honey, wine, saline or glycol. Perfect refractometer for field analysis Application specific scales 5-digit, full view LCD screen Results displayed in 2 seconds Basic specifications Calibration Distilled Water Prism Material Optical Glass Sample Temperature 5 – 60 Degree Celsius Ambient Temperature 5 – 40 Degree Celsius Automatic Temperature Correction 5 – 70 Degree Celsius for 0…

ATR-P Touch Refractometer

The critical angle ATR-P refractometer is designed for applications in the sugar industry. The system is controlled with either a touch screen controller or PC/Laptop. A built-in solid state Peltier thermostat provides fast and reliable sample temperature control. High-performance refractometer for the determination of mixing ratios (mass percent) Rugged measuring head (IP65) Single or flow through measurements Temperature compensation of Brix scale Energy saving LED light source Optional 21 CFR part 11 sotware Main specifications Measuring scales Refractive Index (RI) Sucrose (%Brix) Customised scales Measuring range 1,32000 – 1,54000 RI / 100 % Brix Resolution 0,00001 RI / 0,01 % Brix Precision…

ATR-L Refractometer

The ATR-L is a digital, multiple wavelength spectral refractometer ideal for research and development. The refractometer is equipped with a Peltier thermostat and provides automatic dispersion measurement at 7 wavelengths over the full range of visible light   The measuring principle of the ATR-L is similar to DNA analysis giving unique fingerprint-like data for a particular product. Using this fingerprinting characterisation; high quality products like wine, perfumes, alcoholic beverages etc. can be easily identified along with possible forgeries. High-precision refractometer Automatic dispersion measurement Seven wavelengths fixed Automatic ABBE number measurement Ideal for research and development 0.3 ml sample volume Main specifications Measuring scales Refractive…

ATR-BR Refractometer

The ATR—BR is a compact laboratory refractometer for measuring liquids from low to high viscosity, independent of opacity and colour. The ATR instrument is available in a variety of configurations for laboratory and production quality control. Robust refractometer Very stable measurements Easy clean Excellent price-performance ratio  Standalone or optional PC control 0.3 ml sample volume 10 programmable user-defined scales Main specifications Models ATR-BR Measuring scales Refractive Index (RI) Sucrose (%Brix) Standard scales available, Customised scales on request Measuring range 1,32000 – 1,54000 RI / 0 – 100 %Brix Resolution 0,00001 RI / 0,01 %Brix Precision ± 0,00002 RI / ± 0,01 %Brix (measurement…

VariRef

The VariRef Refractometer has a double isolated peltier temperature control system for fast and precise measurements. The system is 21 CFR part 11 ready and the flat sample room design allows for easy cleaning. The LED light source and the self-checking capabilities for cleanliness, environment temperature effects, calibration and more result in a virtually maintenance free product life. Fast temperature control Flat sample room LED light source Virtually maintenance free Control via touchscreen, PC, tablet or Smartphone 21 CFR part 11 ready Main Specifications Standard models VariRef A VariRef B VariRef C Measuring scale Refractive Index (RI), Sucrose (%Brix), Standard…

UniPol 2020

The UniPol 2020 is fully automatic digital polarimeter designed for pharmaceutical and chemical applications. The entire measuring range of ± 360° is divided into several measuring ranges which can be easily selected. The standard model is equipped with the 589 nm wavelength, other wavelengths are available on request. High-performance circle polarimeter Compatible with various polarimeter tubes inc. microtubes Plug in connector for temperature sensor Energy saving LED light source 21 CFR part 11 ready Complies to international standards e.g EP and USP Calibration with Quartz control plates Main specifications Measurement scale °Optical Rotation / °Specific Rotation / °Z International Sugar…

Visual circle polarimeter

The Small Universal Polarimeter is a visual circle polarimeter suitable for schools and education. The polarimeter has a circular scale of ±180° angular degrees divided into full degrees. Rotations can be measured to a precision of 0.1° and estimated to a precision of 0.05°. Rugged visual polarimeter Three lighting units Ideal for school/education LED light source Main specifications Measurement scale °Optical Rotation Measuring range ± 180° Resolution 1° Precision 0,1°** Sensitivity up to OD 3 Wavelength one fixed (546 or 589 nm) Measurement mode visual Measuring tubes up to 200 mm length Ambient temperature +10 – +40°C Light source LED Operation manual Models VISPOL 589 (available with…

Saccharomat V

The Saccharomat V is a high performance sugar polarimeter using the unique principle of quartz wedge compensation to determine sucrose concentration. The instrument has high measurement stability over the measurement range and does not require re-calibration. Energy saving LED light source High compensation speed Indication of the optical density Automatic temperature compensation with appropriate polarimeter tubes User-specific methods LIMS compatible software Up to 1000 scales freely programmable Continuous measurement 7”  touch screen Specifications Measurement scale °Z International Sugar Scale Measuring range -35 – 105°Z Resolution 0,01°Z Precision ± 0,01°Z** Reproducibility 0,01°Z Sensitivity up to OD 5 Response time approx. 4…

Polartronic H532

The Polartronic H532 is a high performance circle polarimeter with up to 5 wavelengths. The system has the highest precision and resolution, ideal for applications dealing with different substances and requiring extreme accuracy; e.g. in pharmaceutical, medical and chemical laboratories. Spectral lamps make the system calibration free. Highest measuring precision over the entire measuring range by direct measurement of the angle Short measuring times, no mechanical wear Determination of the optical rotatory dispersion (ORD), measurement at several wavelengths Calibration free because of spectral lamps 21 CFR part 11 software available Main specifications Measurement scales °Optical rotation, °Specific rotation, °Z International…

Polartronic V

The Polartronic V is a high precision, fully automatic circle polarimeter with continuous measurement. The system is easily calibrated with certified quartz control plates and the robust metal housing allows for use in rough environments. Long-lasting LED light source Easy Calibration with certified Quartz Control Plates Large 7” touch screen and internal data storage Pre-installed user methods Flexibility due to modular concept 21 CFR Part 11 compliant software available Specifications Measurement scale °Optical Rotation / °Specific Rotation / °Z International Sugar Scale / % Concentration / % Concentration (g/mL, g/100mL, g/L) / up to 1000 scales freely definable Measuring range…

VariPol

Application Determines the concentration of the optical active substance dissolved in an optically inactive liquid. The VariPol polarimeter is especially designed for pharmaceutical applications. The system is compact, includes peltier temperature control and is 21 CFR part 11 ready. Especially designed for pharmaceutical applications Peltier system for automatic temperature control 21 CFR part 11 ready Energy saving durable LED’s Control via touchscreen, PC, tablet or Smartphone Detailed specification for the Varipol are listed below Measurement scales ° Optical rotation, ° Specific rotation, °Z International Sugar Scale, % Concentration (g/mL, g/100mL, g/L), further scales freely definable Measuring range ± 89.9° Resolution…

Schmidt & Haensch Density Meter EDM 5000

Application Continuous density measurement of liquids. Suitability cosmetics food and beverage medicines paints and lacquers petroleum Markets brewing chemical cosmetics food and beverage lubricants neutraceutical petrochemical pharmaceutical Specification Integrated reference oscillator High-precision temperature measurement Automatic detection of gas bubbles High precision and reproducibility of 0.0005 g/cm³ Touch screen interface Optional moisture and air pressure sensor Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the Schmidt & Haensch website for more product details by clicking on their logo below:

Schmidt & Haensch Density Meter EDM 4000

Application Determines the density of liquids. Suitability cosmetics food and beverage medicines paints and lacquers petroleum Markets brewing chemical cosmetics food and beverage lubricants neutraceutical petrochemical pharmaceutical Specification Integrated reference oscillator High-precision temperature measurement Automatic detection of gas bubbles High precision and reproducibility of 0.0001 g/cm³ Touch screen interface Optional moisture and air pressure sensor For more details on Schmidt & Haensch density meters, please visit www.schmidt-haensch.com Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the Schmidt & Haensch website for more product details by clicking…

Sigmameter

This instrument allows us to characterise a ferromagnetic material by measuring the specific saturation magnetisation (SSM) which is independent of structure and shape of the material. This measurement is performed by driving a sample in and out of a magnetic field and measuring the emf induced in a coil. The SSM is the ratio of the maximum magnetic moment to the sample mass. This technique is a unique solution to quality control for ferromagnetic compounds. Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the Setaram website…

The PCT Pro

The PCT Pro is a gas sorption instrument based on the Sieverts method. The sample in a holder of known volume and pressure is connected , via an isolation valve to a gas reservoir of known volume and pressure. When the valve is opened and new equilibrium is established and the gas sorption volume is measured by the pressure drop. Various gases ,up to pressures of 200 bar, can be studied such as CO2,CH4, C2H6, N2, NH3 and H2), and these can be absorbed onto powders, liquids, films etc. Types of measurement include temperature programmed sorption and de-sorption (-260°C to…

Wetsys

The Wetsys is standalone instrument designed to generate atmospheres with controlled humidity levels of up to 95%RH. The WETSYS can operate with Air, Helium, Argon, Nitrogen or Carbon Dioxide and can be coupled via a heated transfer line to other instruments or climate chambers. Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the Setaram website for more product details by clicking on their logo below:

RIGAKU CT-LAB HX

Rigaku CT Lab HX is a high-performance benchtop X-ray micro-CT system with the most powerful X-ray source in its class (130 kV, 39 W). The CT Lab HX has the advantage of a small footprint with low running costs. Versatile: Both the sample stage and detector positions are selectable. This flexible geometry eliminates wasted space and accommodates a wide range of settings, from a maximum 200 mm field of view (FOV) to the best voxel resolution 2.2 µm in a benchtop system. The powerful X-ray source covers a wide variety of applications, from polymer and bones to electronics and metals,…

RIGAKU CT LAB GX

The CT Lab GX series of CT scanners, is designed to carry out ultra-high-speed, high-resolution 3D X-ray micro CT. The CT LAB can perform CT scans in 8 seconds at top speed, with a minimum resolution of 4.5 μm, by using the Sample-Stationary Method. High resolution 3D CT The CT Lab pursues high-speed, high-resolution, and quick sample-mounting in order to be used for R&D purposes as well as at production sites. The field-of-view and resolution can be selected at will to observe even fine structures. The maximum number of pixels is 8000×8000. High-definition 3D observation is possible at the highest…

RIGAKU Nano3DX

The NANO 3DX is an X-ray microscope (XRM) wich offer 3D computed tomography (CT) images with high contrast and at high resolution. This is accomplished by using a high powered rotating anode X-ray source and a high-resolution CCD detector. The rotating anode provides for fast data acquisition and the ability to switch anode materials easily to optimize contrast for specific sample types. High-resolution, high-contrast X-ray microscope The new nano3DX allows you see into many types of samples, including those that have low absorption contrast, for example CFRP, or denser materials like ceramic composites. The nano3DX allows you to achieve this…

MiniFlex – Benchtop XRD

MiniFlex offers a wide range of flexibility in the newly-launched 6th Generation benchtop XRD system. With the choice of a 600 watts or 300 watts X-ray tube (no external chiller required), it makes an ideal system for qualitative or quantitative analysis. Features of the new 6th Generation MiniFlex include: • High speed silicon strip detector as standard • 2D detector option with the HyPix400–MF: the latest HPAD detector for 0D, 1D and 2D measurement • 8 position sample changer The MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer is a multipurpose analytical instrument that can determine: • phase identification and quantification • percent (%) crystallinity…

SmartLab – High Resolution XRD

Launched in 2018 the New Rigaku Smartlab is a novel high resolution Diffractometer (XRD). The new Smartlab continues to build on the excellent success of the previous version and incorporates a number of new features including the new SmartLab Studio II software that includes the Rigaku intelligent User Guidance software. The software guides the user through the various steps required to perform different experiments. Features include: • Available with and in-plane arm (5-axis goniometer) for thin film work • Highest flux X-ray source: PhotonMax 9kW • HyPix-3000 high energy resolution 2D HPAD detector • New CBO family, with fully automated…

SmartSite RS – Portable X-Ray Stress Analyser

Rigaku’s portable stress analyser is the world’s smallest instrument design and weighs only 3kg. Rapid data collection using its 2D semiconductor and single-exposure method accelerates data acquisition to approximately 60 seconds. The instrument is controlled by a tablet PC via WIFI and the Smartsite unit has the option of built in batteries. Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the RIGAKU website for more product details by clicking their logo below:

SmartLab SE XRD

The new Smartlab SE is a new mid-range, cost effective and highly-versatile automated multipurpose X-ray diffractometer from Rigaku. It features: • 3kW sealed tube with Bragg-Brentano, parallel and divergent beam optics • high speed detector • semiconductor detector as standard component • selectable D, 1D & 2-D detector • low cost and improved performance. The new Smartlab Studio II for measuring and data processing: • consolidates all data processing packages into one area • enables automatic user guidance function for rapid instrument setup • allows single or 3-phase power options provides a wide range of sample attachments to meet demanding…

BI-DCP & BI-XDC: High Resolution Particle Sizing with both light and X-ray sources

Based on first principle of photo-sedimentation, the Brookhaven Instrument disc centrifuge instruments are the only optical disc centrifuge that measures particle size without calibration. The DCP has a traditional light source and the XDC use X-rays. These instruments measure the size of particles according to the time the particle takes to sediment in the detector according to Stokes Law. High resolution measurements are typically obtained in 5 to 30 minutes. Modelling software is included to predict optimal experimental conditions like disc speed and run time. The high resolution instrument can resolve peaks as close as a 13% size differential and…

BI-200SM Research Goniometer and Laser Light Scattering System

The BI-200SM goniometer is a world class Static Light Scattering (SLS) instrument at the research level. Key features: • nanoparticle characterization • particle size distributions • protein and polymer characterization • molecular weight • complex fluid characterization The Brookhaven Instruments’ BI-200SM system opens the door to the rich fields of exploration of both Static Light Scattering (SLS) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). The BI-200SM Research Goniometer System provides access to these studies with an automatic, modular and versatile system. It is a precision instrument designed for exacting scattering measurements. Based on a special turntable with precision ball bearings and stepping…

DLS particle size & Zeta Potential – The NanoBrook Family

Brookhaven offer a range of instruments for determination of particle size by DLS and Zeta Potential. The NanoBrook series offer a full range of instruments for particle sizing from 0.3nm to 10 micron with DLS. Zeta Potential is also available in the same instruments. Molecular weight determination, dielectric constant determination, microrheology, and surface eta potential can all be controlled by one single data acquisition software, the eminently powerful ‘particle solutions’. DLS sizing features: • rapid and accurate protein and nanoparticle size distributions • multimodal and unimodal size distribution software • ISO 13321 and ISO 22412 compliant results • range: >…

Ring Shear Tester-XS

The Ring Shear Tester RST-XS.s is compact and bench-mounted. It is designed for applications with powders of up to particle size 1.5 mm. This RST is particularly well-suited for small sample volumes. The RST-XS is an easy-to-operate, computer-controlled tester for the precise determination of the flow properties of fine-grained powders and bulk solids. It is appropriate for those industries and research institutions which deal with either fine-grained materials or have only limited amounts of powders for testing (e.g. pharmaceutical, food, chemical industries and others). The tester measures the flowability and other physical quantities like the internal friction of a powder,…

Ring Shear Tester – 01.PC

The Ring Shear Tester RST-01.pc is floor mounted and designed for handling powders with large sample sizes. This includes coal, cereals, soil and other coarse materials. The RST-01.pc is suitable for all powders and bulk solids up to a particle size of 5-10 mm. It performs the tests automatically and is controlled by a PC and control software RST-CONTROL 95. Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist.

HAAKE™ Viscotester™ iQ Rheometers

The Viscotester iQ is a modular and intuitive rheometer, designed with maximum flexibility for all viscosity requirements. One instrument covers a wide viscosity range (0.1 – 60,000,000 cPs) and has 6 different measuring geometries including standard spindles and cone and plate, Peltier or water bath temperature control, stand alone or software control, plus a small footprint. Available with ball bearing suspension for routine applications or air bearing when additional senstitivity is required. HAAKE Viscotester iQ rheometer (ball bearing)   Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also…

HAAKE™ MARS™ Rheometers

The demands of advanced quality control and applied R&D laboratories is met and exceeded with the Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS™ Rheometer. The highly flexible Modular Advanced Rheometer System (MARS) provides accurate results, easy handling, and application-driven solutions for material characterization. Connect Assist functionality allows for effortless exchange of measuring geometries, temperature modules and accessories to speed up your workflow.  Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963 to speak to a Product Specialist. You can also visit the ThalesNano Energy website for more product details by clicking on their logo below:

HAAKE™ MARS™ iQ Rheometers

Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS™ iQ Rotational Rheometers offer reliable, intuitive and flexible rheological measurements. The iQ rheometer is designed for the QC laboratory to provide fast and reliable results. A touchscreen enables standard operating procedures to be run directly from the Rheometer. “Connect Assist” functionality guides users through easy operation and failure-free measurement. The HAAKE MARS iQ Rheometer is available with either the ball bearing or air bearing system to suit your lab. A broad range of accessories are available to meet the testing demands of QC labs.  Contact us now > Or call us now on 0161 442 9963…