Refractory Research and Development

Christy Refractories’ Refractory Research and Development Lab has produced many quality materials.  Our lab is staffed with expert ceramic engineers and material scientists.  The lab is responsible for new product ideas and ways of improving existing products.  We can section and examine your spent refractory to determine causes of failure.  Our Failure analysis can lead to a better suited material recommendation for your challenging refractory needs.  We have developed mixes custom tailored to our customer’s specific applications.  These new mixes extend the service life of the precast shapes they are used in.  Extended service life leads to more production time with reduced down-times from outages.  This leads to money saved – and more product manufactured.

Our Refractory Research and Development lab can offer suggestions on how to increase service life of an existing material or part through material selection; however, we know that not every problem can be solved with an existing product.  Our lab can custom design your material to alleviate your failure method.  We can reformulate castables to change everything – from chemistry, to rheology, to grain size.

Our Refractory Research and Development lab can perform a number of ASTM refractory tests in house as well as through third party independent laboratories.  We can perform the following tests in-house for quick turnarounds:

  • ASTM C20   Apparent Porosity, Water Absorption, Apparent Specific Gravity, and Bulk Density of Refractories
  • ASTM C133 Cold Crush Strength and Cold Modulus of Rupture of Refractories
  • ASTM C704 Abrasion Resistance of Refractory Materials

Our lab also ensures the consistency of our castable products and precast pieces through a comprehensive QC program from raw materials qualification to finished castables testing.

Contact us today with your R&D needs.

Refractory Research and Development - Cold Crush Test - ASTM C133

Cold Crush Test ASTM C133

Refractory Research and Development - Castable

Vibrational Slump Test ASTM C1445 – 13