Consultancy

IET's consultancy services are founded on its in-depth understanding of materials characterisation, selection and analysis from steel and metals production to process modelling.

Through its innovative R & D Programmes and network of collaborators, IET's integrated approach to bespoke analysis and solving materials measurement problems encompasses a broad experience of method and technique development, bespoke modelling and an often-unique set of test facilities.


Select from the following range of consultancy services.

 

List of services

  • Thermo-Prop software: IET supplies activation codes to users of Thermo-Prop database. This database called "Thermo-Prop" software package can be said to be the outcome of extensive work carried out on the development of sound, accurate, experimentally and physically based models for materials properties. Wide ranging data are available such as Fe-, Cu- and Al-base alloys which also include more detailed information concerning fraction solid, density and thermal conductivity change in the mushy zone that intrinsically occur during solidification.

    For example, the thermophysical and physical properties of the liquid and solid phases are critical components in casting simulations. Such properties include the fraction solid transformed, enthalpy release, thermal conductivity and density, all as a function of temperature.

    The database is well established as the leading source of information on materials properties; thus it provides a strong platform for thermophysical and physicochemical properties needed in process modelling.

  • Application software: Thermo-Prop software can be tailored to specific industrial application by customising output using the non-equilibrium calculations. Organizations can ask for this to be done at Institute of Engineering Thermophysics.
  • Data Assessment: IET offers an assessment service to provide high quality thermophysical and physicochemical data for any systems of interest not covered already by one of its databases. Such quaternary systems may include zinc-, titanium-, magnesium-, nickel-, cobalt- and lead-base alloys.
  • Provision of thermodynamic and thermophysical databases: Databases of thermochemical and thermophysical dataIET provides high quality thermodynamic and thermophysical data for an extensive range of materials types including light alloys, steels, aluminium and copper. Consistent reference states are used throughout these databases so that they can be combined to explore systems containg many different phase types. These databases can be used to predict the chemical species and phases likely to form at equilibrium in the types of system of greatest industrial interest - those containing large numbers of chemical elements - and so provide a valuable guide to the solution of many industrial problems. Organizations can request for these databases for in-house use or ask for calculations to be done at IET.
  • Processing and thermal analysis: Processing of metallic materials; measurement of thermophysical properties of metals, alloys and moulds (namely enthalpy-related properties, thermal conductivity, density, thermal diffusivity); measurement of physicochemical properties (viscosity, surface tension); and determination of interfacial heat transfer coefficient between two heat-conducting media in actual technological processes by inverse analysis. Among others, accurate measurements are conducted, primarily at high temperatures, of selected thermophysical properties of materials, in both solid and liquid phases, utilizing rapid (millisecond- and microsecond- resolution) pulse-heating (volume and surface) techniques, laser polarimetry, laser pulse technique and differential scanning calorimetry.
  • Metal analysis and characterisation: Hardness measurements of metallic materials; metallographic examination; metal analysis and certifications; and microstructural characterisation.
    IET has the Baird Dv-6 optical emission spectrometer for analysing the composition of iron-, nickel-, magnesium-, copper- and aluminium-base alloys. In emission spectrometry atoms of the specimen are excited so, that they are emitting light. Every element has own specific wavelenghts that they emit. Intensities of these wavelenghts are measured and compared between themselves. The composition of alloy is analyzed by intensity relations. Analysis is made in the argon-atmosphere, so nitrogen can also be analyzed.
  • Casting defect prediction: IET undertakes prediction of casting surface defects in castings (namely low pressure die casting, high pressure die casting and gravity casting) of industrial alloys by means of in-situ temperature-measurement and inverse analysis.
  • Technical reports: IET provides techinical reports to industry covering measurement control, materials lifetime and quality prediction, modelling and design with materials.