Thermal analysis is the study of the relationship between a sample property and its temperature. Applications include:
- Evaluation of thermal stability
- Detection of the glass transition
- Determination of the amount of volatile matter in a sample
- Measurement of melting point temperature and enthalpy
- Analysis of the viscoelastic behaviour
Want to learn how we do thermal analysis?
Browse our thermal & polymer characterisation library to learn how we detect glass transitions, how we measure molecular mass distributions and more thermal analysis methods.
Visit our Moodle course, topic: Thermal & Polymer Characterisation to watch introductory videos on our techniques (internal users only).
We host the following four instruments:
|Thermogravimetric analyser (TGA)||Setsys Evolution TGA 16/18||Setaram||30°C to 1000°C||coupled with a mass spectrometer for evolving gas analysis|
|Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)||DSC Q20||TA Instruments||-80°C to 400°C||for solid samples|
|Microcalorimeter||MicroSC multicell calorimeter||Setaram||-20°C to 180°C||large volume cells, for liquid and solid samples|
|Dynamic mechanical analyser (DMA)||DMA1||Mettler Toledo||-170°C to 600°C||for films and bars in bending, tension, compression and shear|
We also provide Size Exclusion Chromatography (formerly know as Gel Permeation Chromatography, GPC) that measures the distribution of molecular masses in a polymer. The instrument is a 1260 GPC/SEC MDS from Agilent, equipped with a differential refractive index detector, a viscometer detector and a dual angle light scattering detector, and the mobile phase is tetrahydrofuran (THF).