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Chemical Analysis Laboratory


The Chemical Analysis Laboratory (MA1) was implemented by Cepel in 1974 in order to work with traditional and instrumental chemical analysis. The MA1 is able to develop methodologies and implement and perform chemical analyzes, according to national or international standards, covering a wide range of analytical services related to electrical materials for power generation, transmission and distribution.


Situated at Fundão, MA1 also offers technical training for maintenance teams of power sector companies. The laboratory stands out for supporting several R&D projects address to Eletrobras companies and carried out at Cepel. The MA1 provides resources for several R&D projects such as "Nanotechnologies", "Varistors Blocks", "Fuel Cells", "Corrosion" and "Monitoring and Diagnosis of Equipment and Facilities".


The MA1 is qualified to perform several tests and technological services such as:
• Determination of metal alloys composition;
• Chemical analysis in soils and water;
• Physico-chemical analysis in insulating liquid, insulation paper, polymers, paints and other materials;
• Analysis of gases generation in insulating liquid using gas chromatography (GC);
• Hydrophobicity and surface energy analysis of solid materials;
• Determination of particle size in colloidal systems.

The infrastructure

The MA1 has several chemical instruments and equipments such as:
• Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Differential Thermal Analyzer (DTA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC);
• Gas (GC), Liquid (HPLC) and Ion (IC) Chromatographs;
• carbon and sulfur in metal alloys and sulfur in liquids analyzers (LECO);
• Breakdown Analyzer;
• Power Factor Analyzer;
• Tensiometer;
• Digital Densimeter;
• Karl-Fischer titrator;
• hydrophobicity analyzer (Goniometer);
• Thermal Diffusivity analyzer;
• particle size determination by electroacoustic effects analyzer;
• Fourier-transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR);
• UV-vis Absorption Spectrometer;
• Atomic Absorption Spectrometer;
• Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer;
• particle analyzer in insulating liquids;
• Oxidation Stability Analyzer for insulating liquids;
• Oxidation Induction Analyzer for insulating liquids.

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