Research & Development
Every application of refractory lining has special demands regarding the composition of the material and the technique of installing it. Gouda Refractories' R&D department has an advanced, ISO-certified laboratory for developing and testing the right formula, so that the properties of the material match the demands of the customer's process. These requirements may change because the customer's process evolves. There may also be changes in the environmental regulations, or costs may alter. In both refractory brick and monoliths there are numerous of variations possible, from very dense refractory to insulating refractory.
In a dialogue with the customer Gouda Refractories examines the choice of brick or monoliths, possible drying times, application techniques, speed of installation and/or longer lifecycle. Post mortem investigations help to increase the durability of materials and to deal with any questions from customers. Exchanging knowledge and joint projects with international well respected research institutes such as TNO, DIFK and CERAM increases the quality and range of applications of all refractory formulations. R&D is of great value to develop and train new refractory experts and for propagating specialised refractory knowledge. The well-attended annual Rafractory course contributes substantially to this process.