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Physical and mechanical properties

Overview

Our physical and mechanical properties laboratory is part of the Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF).

Capabilities

Our laboratory analyses the physical and mechanical properties of any item. Physical properties include:

  • size
  • porosity
  • surface area
  • thermal qualities.

Mechanical properties describe the behaviour of the material when force is applied.

The lab allows researchers to characterise a material's:

  • electromagnetic properties
  • mechanical properties, including hardness and tensile strength
  • surface area, porosity and particle size
  • thermal properties (measuring changes up to 1600°C)
  • electrochemical properties.

Research applications

Our equipment caters for a wide range of research needs in the physical and health sciences, in diverse areas including:

  • material science and engineering
  • nanotechnology
  • geoscience
  • drug development.

The lab commonly analyses synthetic and natural materials such as metal alloys, polymers, geological specimens and bio materials. We service students, researchers and commercial clients.

Past projects

  • Geosciences - from analysis of Brisbane River sediment to examining volcanic ash deposits
  • Health sciences - determining surface area for tissue regeneration substrates, new drug delivery mechanisms
  • Materials science and engineering- characterising new materials, studying phase transitions in polymers and metals

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Laboratory Coordinator

Laboratory team

Organisational unit
Lead unit Institute for Future Environments
Research areas
Keywords
particle size analysis, physical properties, thermal analysis, mechanical properties, surface area, zeta potential
 

Details

Equipment

Our state-of-the-art equipment allows for:

  • electromagnetic characterisation
  • mechanical properties characterisation
  • surface area, porosity and particle analysis
  • thermal analysis
  • sample preparation.

Electromagnetic characterisation

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Cryogenic Limited Mini High Field Measurement System Vibrating sample magnetometer, resistivity and Hall Effect, thermal transport measurements, specific heat measurements, 5 Tesla magnet. GP P614

Electrochemistry

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Biologic M370 Electrochemical characterisation, surface profiling, work function. GP P614

Mechanical properties characterisation

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Hysitron TI 950 TriboIndentor Nanochemical characterisation and testing instrument, with dual-head testing capability for nano/micro scale connectivity. GP P614
Anton Paar MCR302 RheometerFlow properties of low to high visuosity materials in Temp range between 30°C to 200°C. GP P230
Matsuzawa MXT70 Micro Vickers Hardness Tester Hardness tests using a low load from 10 to 1,000g and a precisely shaped diamond indenter giving an indentation depth of less than 19µm. GP P614
Tytron 250 Microforce Testing System (MTS) Low-load tensile test machine rated up to 250 N. Capable of standard and fatigue testing and three-point flexural testing. GP P614

Surface area, porosity and particle analysis

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Malvern Mastersizer 3000 Particle size measurements for suspended particles 2mm to 0.01 micron. GP P614
Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS Particle size and zeta potential for suspended particles <500 nm. GP P614
Micrometrics 3-Flex Surface and Porosity AnalyzerSurface area (BET), pore size distribution (<800 angstroms) of solid materials using gas absorption/desorption. Nitrogen, argon carbon dioxide. Best for micropores.GP P614
Micromeritics ASAP 2020 Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer Surface area (BET), pore size distribution (<800 angstroms) of solid materials using gas absorption/desorption. Nitrogen, argon carbon dioxide. Best for micropores. Chemisorption using hydrogen and oxygen also available. GP P614
Micromeritics Tristar II 3020 Surface Area and Porosity Analyzer Surface area (BET), pore size distribution (<800 angstroms) of solid materials using nitrogen or argon. Three measurement ports. GP P614
Quantachrome Pentapyc 5200 He Pycnometer True solid density with helium gas entering connected pores as  small as 0.2 nm. GP P614

Thermal analysis

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Netzsch 402C Dilatometer A vacuum-tight pushrod dilatometer for determining thermal length expansion in solids and powders up to 2000°C. GP P614
Netzsch STA 449F3 Jupiter Simultaneous Thermal Analyser Simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Measurement of mass changes and thermal effects between 25°C and 1650°C. GP P614
Netzsch LFA 467 Hyperflash Thermal diffusivity and conductivity, and specific heat capacity measurements in the temperature range of room temperature to 500°C. GP P614
Netzsch HFM 436 Lambda Heatflow meterFor thermal conductivity measurements on insultaing materials. Temperature range 30°C to 50°C.GP P614

Sample preparation

Instrument Capabilities and featuresRoom
Micromeritics Smart Vac Prep Sample preparation for surface area/porosity analysis.GP P614
Micromeritics VacPrep 061 Degasser Sample preparation for surface area and porosity analysis through gas absorption/desorption, with vacuum mode that prepares samples by heating and evacuation. GP P614
Sample splitters Riffle splitter for representative dry sample preparation. Funnel splitter for representative sampling from samples in aqueous suspension. GP P614
Sieves 1.5 mm and 2.4 mm sieves for preparation of samples for Mastersizer. GP P614
Tube Furnace25mm diameter tube furnace, capable of 1200°C, controlled atmosphere.GP P614

Services and equipment hire

Accessing services and equipment

Our equipment is available to staff and students and external clients at a competitive price. It provides both self-service and full-service options.

Our experienced staff can provide training, advice and guidance on the experimental process and the analysis of results, so that you achieve optimal outcomes.

Booking instructions

To arrange a consultation, refer to our booking instructions.

Indicative pricing

Prices are indicative and vary depending on whether work is for external researchers or commercial organisations, and who carries out the work. We will provide a costing proposal for your approval before any work starts. QUT staff and students should visit the CARF wiki for internal pricing.

2019 Pricing for external researchers (indicative per hour)

Note: CARF technician assistance for the equipment incurs an additional $80 per hour for external researchers, which is indicated in the costs below. External researchers wishing to operate the instruments unassisted must attend initial training which will incur training costs.

Equipment, service or analysis With technician assistanceUnassisted Minimum booking
period (hours)
Training cost1
Hysitron TL950 Nanoindentor $185 $105 4 $3,360
Kratos Axis Supra Photoelectron Spectrometer $185 $105 2 $2,520
Zeiss Orion NanoFab ion microscope $185 N/A2 2 N/A2
Netzsch Jupiter Simultaneous Thermal Analysis $165 $85 4 Price on request3
(sample dependent)
Anton Paar M302 Rheometer $165 $85 1 $680
ASAP 2020 BET $165 $85 4 $1,025
Tristar II 3020 BET $165 $85 4 $1,025
Netzsch LFA 467 Hyperflash $165 $85 4 $680
Netzsch DIL 402C dilatometer $165 $85 4 $340
Malvern Mastersizer $125 $45 1 $790
Malvern ZetaSizer (sizing) $125 $45 1 $525
Malvern ZetaSizer (zeta potential) $125 $45 1 $790
Vickers Microhardness Tester $125 $45 1 $265
Quantachrome He pycnometer $125 $45 4 $790
Netzsch HFM $125 N/A4 4 N/A4

Table footnotes
1. Price total for training include CARF technician assistance and instrument time.
2. Instrument unavailable for independent operation by external users.
3. Pricing depends on the properties of the sample.
4. Instrument unavailable for independent operation by external users.


2019 Pricing for external researchers (indicative per sample)

Note: CARF technicians always operate the instruments for pricing per sample. Independent operation by external users is unavailable.

Equipment, service or analysisPrice
Netzsch Jupiter Simultaneous Thermal Analysis < 1000 C $265
Netzsch Jupiter Simultaneous Thermal Analysis > 1000 C $370
Malvern Mastersizer (incl SEM image, minimum 4 samples) $75
Malvern Mastersizer (no SEM image, minimum 4 samples) $40
Malvern Zetasizer (sizing, incl SEM image, minimum 4 samples) $75
Malvern ZetaSizer (sizing, no SEM image, minimum 4 samples) $40
Malvern Zetasizer (Zeta potential, minimum 4 samples) $75


Indicative 2020 pricing for commercial organisations

Note: CARF technician assistance for the equipment incurs an additional $155 per hour for commercial organisations, which is indicated in the costs below. Organisations wishing to operate the instruments unassisted must attend initial training which will incur training costs.

Equipment, service or analysis With technician
assistance
Unassisted
Particle size distribution (laser diffraction) - no SEM image $85 per sampleN/A
Particle size distribution (laser diffraction) - including SEM image (meets ISO 13320:2009E) $180 per sampleN/A
Particle size distribution (nano particles) - no SEM image $85  N/A
Particle size distribution (nano particles) - including SEM image (meets ISO 13320:2009E) $180N/A
Zeta potential (nano particles) $130N/A
Density determination using He pycnometry (min 4 hours) $260 per hourN/A
Specific surface area and porosity (batch of 3 samples) $920N/A
Particle analysis instrument hireWith technician
assistance
Unassisted
Malvern Mastersizer (laser diffraction) $265 per hour$105 per hour
Malvern Zetasizer (DLS) $265 per hour$105 per hour
Quantachrome He Pyncnometer $265 per hour $105 per hour

Contacts

Central Analytical Research Facility - Physical and Mechanical Properties Laboratory

  • Level 6, P Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Australia