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Urządzenie badawczeLaboratories of Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials form an assembly of reciprocally supplementary research laboratories of  vast spectrum of applied research methods, that contribute to full comprehensive assessment of physical, chemical parameters and specialized raw materials and construction products.

The present shape of organisation and research capacities of laboratories is an outcome of activities that were undertaken widely by Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials following July 2007, i.e. following the decision of the Ministry of Economy dated the 8th August 2007 on combining Institute of Glass and Ceramics with Institute of Refractory Materials in Gliwice and Institute of Mineral Building Materials (Journal of Laws, No 146 it. 1022).

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PCA accreditation: AB 115

Research Laboratory has been accredited by the Polish Centre for Accreditation under number AB 115 for conformity with requirements of the standard PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005+Ap1:2007 “General requirements on competency of research and calibration laboratories"

Laboratory is carrying out the following tests:


  • Accordingly to PN-EN 14411:2009
  • Critical slip angle accordingly to DIN 51130:2004
  • Natural radioactivity accordingly to the ITB instruction 455/2010


  • Wash basins accordingly to PN-EN 14688:2012
  • Toilet bowls accordingly to PN-EN 997-2005
  • Bidets accordingly to PN-EN 14528:2009
  • Bathtubs accordingly to PN-EN 14516:2012
  • Shower trays accordingly to PN-EN 14527:2012


  • Silicate accordingly to PN-EN 771-2:2011
  • Ceramic accordingly to PN-EN 771-1:2011

PCA accreditation: AB 115

Research Laboratory is adequately equipped to perform complex tests in the area of aerated concrete and aggregate concrete. Tests are conducted in compliance with requirements of the standards or worked out Test Manuals and criteria agreed on with the Customer and specified in the Agreement.
The laboratory carries out complex tests:
precast concrete (including large-sized items and ceiling beams and bricks),
  • masonry (including blocks, bricks and lintels),
  • concrete (including freight), mortars and tile adhesives,
  • raw materials for concrete and mortar (binders, aggregates, admixtures, additives),
  • elements of road surfaces (paving and paving slabs, curbs),
  • elements of water and sewage infrastructure (pipes, fittings, manholes items),
  • styrofoam.

PCA accreditation: AB 097

Refractory Laboratory functions within Refractory Materials Division. It was established in 1993 as a result of combination of a few research workplaces that existed in Institute of Refractory Materials since 1953.

Since 1996 when the Laboratory was accredited, became a signatory of EA MLA, it confirms meeting requirements of the PN standard. Accreditation scope (specified in Accreditation Scope No. AB 097).

It is the only one in Poland accredited laboratory that is fully equipped to perform complex tests in the area of generally meant ceramics, including refractory and technical ones. It performs tests in both low and high temperature.

The laboratory tests:
  • chemical and phase composition of ceramic, raw materials and inorganic products  (including waste products of mining and chemical industries as well as water, sewage and waste gas),
  • basic properties of raw materials, products and loose materials including density, porosity, size distribution,
  • pore size distribution with the use of porosimetry and microscopic method,
  • analysis of the microstructure of raw materials and ceramic materials before and after the corrosion,
  • tests of ceramics including application of non-destructive methods,
  • thermal properties of raw materials and ceramic materials,
  • mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties of ceramic materials including elastic properties and fracture energy of ceramic,
  • refractories resistance properties to the erosion and corrosion of alloys, slags and gases.

PCA accreditation: AB 373, AB 799
There are two laboratories in Opole that hold Certificates of Accreditation for research laboratory granted by the Polish Centre of Accreditation in Warsaw:
  • Laboratory of the Materials Engineering Department
  • Industrial and Environment Measurements Laboratory
The Laboratory conducts research in the following area:
  • development of new and upgrades of burning, cooling and regrinding technology in the industry of ceramics and building materials,
  • development of industrial waste utilization methods and the use of alternative fuels in industrial processes the energy and heat sector,
  • analysis of thermal and flow processes in industrial appliances,
  • application of renewable energy based on agro-food waste and biomass,
  • measurement of emissions and concentrations of gaseous pollutants:
    • SO2, NOx or (NO + NO2), CO, CO2, HCl, HF
    • TOC
    • HCN, CH2O, C6H6, C3H8, C2H6, CH4, NH3, N2O
  • collects samples of gases for the indication of:
    • dioxins and furans and PCBs in accordance with DIN EN 1948:2006
    • heavy metals
    • TOC/VOC
    • a number of other compounds listed on PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register)
  • measurements of emissions and concentrations as well as immission and dust flotation with the determination of total and sectional dust collection efficiency of the dust collection installation,
  • grain analysis of dust emission, determination of PM-10 and PM-2,5
  • waste impact on the environment,
  • development of processing technology and waste management,
  • development of assessment and prediction methods for industrial and roads sourced noise emissions,
  • industrial impact on the environment,
  • development of new methods determining organic compounds in various matrices (water, wastewater, soil, sludge, dust, gravel, etc.),
  • quality of fly ashes and other mineral additives,
  • quality of building materials,
  • natural radioactivity,
  • content of heavy metals and their leaching.

PCA accreditation: AB 054

Glass and Building Materials Division in Cracow comprises laboratories that perform tests in the area of construction materials, glass, ceramics and raw materials:

  • Department of Control Testing, PCA Accreditation Certificate No. AB 054
  • Department of Concrete, Mortars and Aggregates, PCA Accreditation Certificate No. AB 054
  • Department of Cement, PCA Accreditation Certificate No.AB 054
  • Department of Gypsum and Building Chemistry, PCA Accreditation Certificate No. AB 054
  • Department of Glass Technology, PCA Accreditation Certificate No. AB 054
The Laboratory conducts research in the following area:
  • all sorts of cements and their components,
  • raw materials for cement production,
  • building limes,
  • sand for cement compressive strength testing,
  • plasters and mortars,
  • ashes and slags,
  • hydraulic binders and other building materials,
  • building mortars,
  • mortars for walls and floors,
  • concretes,
  • aggregates,
  • admixtures for mortar and concrete,
  • building materials pigments,
  • properties of raw materials, industrial waste and alternative fuels,
  • industrial waste suitability for new cement production technology,
  • production process: heavy metal content and CO2 emission assessment,
  • gypsum, anhydrite and products on their bases,
  • sealing compounds,
  • external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS),
  • primers,
  • cement adhesives and mortars for tiles,
  • fire classification of building materials based on burning resistance data,
  • laminated and tempered safety glass,
  • building glass,
  • automotive glass inter alia research approval safety glass panes for vehicles according to Regulation No. 48 UNECE,
  • domestic glassware,
  • initial Type Tests,
  • factory production control.




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