Our laboratories in the Lyon region (France) are configured and equipped to deliver effective answers to issues around Materials and Special Paints and Coatings.

Our technicians and engineers contribute their expertise to support the diagnosis, expert appraisal and recognition of structures, to characterise and study the behaviour of materials as part of providing our clients with assistance and technical advice that aligns as closely as possible with the problems they experience.

 

 

Understanding materials to maximise the life of your structures

Types of analysis and testing

  • Chemical analyses and the physical and mechanical characterisation of construction materials, paints and coatings.
  • Petrographic and microstructural characterisation:
    observation at different magnifications (using binocular loupes and optical, polarising and scanning electron microscopes)
  • Research and study of concrete and masonry pathologies
  • Qualitative and quantitative mineralogical analysis
  • Identification and concentration of pollutants
  • Qualification, performance and ageing tests
  • Expert appraisal and diagnostics
  • Identification of fault causes, nature and extent
  • Identification of durability parameters
  • Interpretation of results, conclusions, advice and expert recommendation
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Business lines

Construction materials:

  • Concrete, cement and grout
  • Masonry: Cut stone, brick, rock, mortar
  • Metals: passive steels, reinforcements and galvanised steels
  • Prestressing reinforcements: high-temperature steel wires, bars and stranded wires
  • Soils and water
  • Wood

 

Polymer coatings and organic products:

  • Paints, sealants, coatings, weatherproofing sealants, resins, glues and adhesives

Our resources

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
  • Metrohm Eco IC Ion Chromatograph
  • pH-meter and ionometer with special electrodes
  • LEICA MZ7-5 and DM1750 optical microscopes
  • Merlin (Zeiss) scanning electron microscope
  • FTIR spectroscope, Pyrolysis GCMS
  • Tecnotest pressurised water permeameter and CEMBUREAU permeability meter
  • Cells and regulated power supply for chloride ion diffusion
  • Laser granulometer
  • Elcometer, Durometer and Extensometer
  • Salt mist
  • Thermostatically controlled baths
  • Planetary ball mill
  • Jaw crusher
  • Ovens, Muffle kilns and Climate chambers