The unique instrument for testing material samples under real operating conditions
New frontiers for the research on materials
Real Life Tester is the unique test bench designed to investigate the properties of simple or complex materials operating in critical environments simultaneously characterized by:
Exposure to multiple atmospheres High pressure High temperature High current loads
DERIVED FROM SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH Real Life Tester has been designed and realized by Ergo Design in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Chemistry of the University of Genoa and the Institute of Condensed Substance Chemistry and Energy Technology ICMATE of the National Research Council of Italy.
READY FOR INDUSTRY AFTER 3 YEARS OF TESTING In this video, made at the Department of Industrial Chemistry of the University of Genoa, Prof. Paolo Piccardo describes Real Life Tester, starting from the reasons of its birth related to the study of a European project on solid oxide fuel cells SOFC, until the remarkable results that his laboratory has been able to obtain in 3 years of use.
Real Time Tester applies simultaneously to a material sample all forces present under operating conditions
Carry out test cycles with maximum temperatures ranging from 900 to 1,050°C depending on the type of thermal equipment chosen.
It allows to apply to the sample 2 different gases (plus 1 inert) with maximum pressures from 5 to 10 bar depending on the chosen configuration.
it applies direct or alternating current with frequencies up to 1 MHz and with maximum current from 0.5 to 1 A/cm2 depending on the chosen configuration.
It allows all forces to be subjected simultaneously to the material sample for continuous test cycles lasting more than 10,000+ h.
What it measures
The evolution of material properties over time
Real Time Tester measures the variation of the electrochemical properties of the material under operating conditions
The 5-pole measurement of the material resistance over time allows to monitor and analyse the behaviour of the sample on each face.
Real Time Data
You don't need to wait months to get results. While the test is in progress you can analyze the real time data and view the graphs that draw the evolution.
The workstation is equipped with powerful software tools that allows you to program tests, analyze and process the data collected.
Industry 4.0 Ready
Real-time measurement and saving of collected data in a local network allows easy connection to logics of production automation.
THE MATERIAL SAMPLE Real Life Tester allows you to analyze and stress circular samples of material with diameter 25 mm and thickness up to 5 mm. However, it is possible to customize the sample size and machine configuration to meet specific customer requirements.
In this reproduction you can see in the centre the sample in contact with the electrodes in noble metal, the two gas chambers fixed directly on the rings applied to the sample and the external containment chamber.
Detail of a new material sample during the insertion process inside the gas chambers of Real Life Tester.
EXAMPLES OF APPLICATION A non-exhaustive list of use cases: SOFC and SOEC fuel cells Metals and coatings Ceramics and glass Metal-ceramic interface SOFC stacking simulation Heat exchanger components simulation Simulation of hot exhaust gas components Simulation of vacuum conditions
EXAMPLES OF ANALYSIS Chemical and physical resistance under operating conditions Monitoring of microstructural variations Performance Calculation and Life Time Cycle Dry and steam oxidation rate Wear-dependent performance variation Suitability, reactivity and stability of coatings
Detail of a sample of material extracted from Real Life Tester, visibly deteriorated after a test cycle.
REDUCE THE TIME-TO-MARKET Before Real Life Tester it was necessary to make the prototype of a new product to test it in the laboratory under operating conditions, entailing high research and development costs. Today it is sufficient to submit a small sample of material to all forces simultaneously and analyze the results, obtaining in a few weeks what previously took years.