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Competencies

The staff of ICAR is composed of 16 persons which bring a wide diversity to ICAR activities, as well as a the ability to answer to most of the questions asked by clients on the behavior of refractory materials in a particular situation.

- High skilled technicians for the management of the various testing machines, for some industrial audits, and for conception of new testing machines.

- Engineers for the industrial audits and various studies including either material development or finite elements calculations

- PhD in various fields: process engineering, material science, mechanics & energetic.

Moreover, due to our labels, some transverse competencies are daily used: quality management and continuous improvement, metrology, R&D project construction and management.

Laboratory

The ICAR lab is sized to face most of the demands of our clients, in term of:

- Technical complexity, which could require the construction of a special device/test stand, to fulfill the expectations of our customer. To answer this, in addition to human skills, we have numerous machines which can be adapted to special requirements.

-  Volume of test: for example, in the frame of a production check-up, some customers ask for very large number of tests, with a short delivery time of the results. To answer this, we have numerous machines available for the most popular tests, such as 8 machines for RUL and creep behavior, 4 ASTM conductivity tests, 3 mechanical machines for high temperature bending/compressive tests, etc.

- Standards: ICAR lab works according most of the standards existing on refractories: international, European or some national standards, like ASTM. In addition, PRE recommendations can be proposed.

Modelling

This activity is dedicated to calculation of thermomechanical stresses in furnaces or refractory parts, considering their environment, and the thermal loads applied. The aim of this work is to help the sizing, and the choice of the material, considering the technical context.

The softwares used in ICAR are Abaqus® and Comsol®. The material characteristics can be refined at high temperature by considering their mechanical resistance and the deformation curve to better fit the reality.

 

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