Manager: Prof. D.Sc. Rumiana Kotsilkova (IMech-BAS)


Tel. +359 2-979-6462

The Laboratory for Thermal Conductivity testing conducts investigations on:


The laboratory performs investigations of materials and components for application in mechatronics, electronics and other technological applications, such as:

Potential partners and clients of the laboratory can be research teams in the country and abroad with similar scientific interests, as well as companies and manufacturers of materials, electronic components, parts for mechatronics, etc.



Test equipment for thermal conductivity measurements, Laser Flash Analysis LFA467 Hyper Flash, NETZSCH:

The apparatus measures thermal diffusion, thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity of solid samples and liquids by the irradiation method in accordance with ASTM E 1461 and ISO standards. Perform fast and non-destructive analysis with high accuracy.


  • Temperature range: -100 to 500°C (with cooling system).
  • Heating speed: up to 50 K/min.
  • Measurement range:

– Thermodiffusion: 0.01 to 2000 mm2 /s.

– Thermal conductivity: 0.1 to 4000 W/mK. 

Specialized modules to the existing equipment for micromechanical testing UMT-2 (Bruker):

Module for tribology (rotary type, with fast reciprocating linear drive)

The linear drive module is suitable for friction and wear testing of hard and superhard surfaces. It is characterized by an adjustable stroke from 0.1 to 25 mm and a speed from 0.1 to 25 Hz.

Module for lubricant tests includes, container for liquids for the use with the rotary disk.

The lubrication test module works at high speed and with 7 mm discs. It is suitable for testing the lubricating properties of oils and lubricants


Scanning Electron Microscope Hirox Tabletop SH-3500MB.

The nanoscale imaging module (SEM) for visualizing surfaces, nanoscale objects and a trace after a friction test.


  • Maximum magnification 60 000x;
  • SE&BSE detectors;
  • Accelerating Voltage 5kV to 30kV;
  • Resolution 15 nm.


First studies are performed on the effects of graphene and carbon nanotubes to increase the thermal conductivity of nanocomposites of a biodegradable polymer, in samples and structures obtained by 3D printing.

The first results for nanoscale visualization of surfaces of polymer nanocomposites with graphene and carbon nanotubes were obtained.