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A whitepaper published by Ceram has revealed that refractory failure is frequently the result of poor specification of refractory materials.

Ceram’s research highlights areas where refractory failures can occur, and describes the best ways to select materials and implement a comprehensive test programme.

The guidelines in the whitepaper feature examples in the petrochemical industry, but the guidance given is also of relevance to the glass, iron/steel, cement and enviro/energy industries.

‘Purchasing Monolithic Refractory Materials’ describes the ideal life cycle of a refractory lining and highlights the main categories of premature refractory failure.

It provides best practice guidelines for choosing a materials supplier and placing orders for a refractory replacement project.

It also describes a typical test programme for refractory materials and details how material for the testing procedures should be prepared and how the tests are performed.

Author of the whitepaper, Jan Theron, says: ‘Users of refractory materials should be very cautious about what they buy and how they buy it.

‘Ceram is often called in when a refractory failure has already occurred and during our investigations we look at all possible causes for failure.

‘These post-failure costs are significantly higher than the costs of testing before installation.

‘Following the simple guidelines for purchasing and testing refractory materials, as described in the white paper, substantially reduces the likelihood of costly failure following installation.’

CERAM is a global expert in materials testing, analysis and consultancy,providing customised solutions that can help you to measurably improveperformance and profitability through safer, regulatory-compliant andbetter-engineered products.

Setting new standards in materials testing, our experts work as extensionsof our clients’ teams, applying their expertise and capabilities to a widerange of sectors, including:

aerospace & defence

automotive & transport


consumer & retail


energy & environment


materials manufacturing



Headquartered in Staffordshire, UK, with laboratories and offices around theworld, CERAM employs a team of research and product developmentprofessionals who are involved in physical and chemical materials testing,research, process engineering, product design and failure analysis.

We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013) in the UK and haveCERAM-accredited laboratories around the world.

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