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Thermal Analysis Thermal analysis refers to a suite of analytical techniques that evaluate material properties with respect to temperature. These techniques are useful for a wide range of materials and can be especially useful for studying polymeric materials. Sample is typically held under a constant heating / cooling rate or at a constant temperature in order to study the property of interest.
Pinnacle materials laboratory offers the following thermal analysis techniques:
DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry): We provide DSC services with the TA Instruments Q2000. The instrument is capable of maintaining a constant heating and cooling rate. It is also capable of performing modulated DSC (MDSC) test. TGA (Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis): We provide TGA services with the TA Instruments Q500. The instrument is capable of performing high-resolution TGA test. DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis): We provide DMA services with the Mettler Toledo DMA 1 and the TA Instruments Q400 EM. TMA (Thermo-Mechanical Analysis): We provide TMA services with the TA Instruments Q400. TEST METHODS: The thermal analysis services we provide range from standard test methods to user-designed methods.
MATERIAL PROPERTIES: Thermal analysis is used to determine many thermal, physical and chemical properties of materials. Here is a partial list of material properties that can be evaluated using thermal analysis techniques in our laboratory:
Glass transition temperature (Tg) Curing Decomposition, degradation or weight loss Crystalline melt and crystallinity Heat capacity (Cp) Coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) Shrinkage Softening point