Hints and Tips for Thermal Analysis

Thermal analysis refers to a group of techniques used to measure the changing physical or chemical properties of a sample during heating, cooling or at a constant temperature. Thermal analysis has been developed intensely in the 50 years since the launch of the first commercial instruments, and is now used in many research and application fields across a range of industries.  

Thermal analysis is a relatively simple technique that provides valuable information on the thermal properties of materials. The first commercial instruments were launched in the 1960s and, since then, thermal analysis has been used for many applications in different industries. 

This handbook is designed to help you navigate through the different measurement techniques, parameters and sample preparation procedures for differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, thermomechanical analysis and dynamic mechanical analysis. It discusses a range of topics, with useful tips and hints on how to obtain the best possible results from your measurements, including:

  • Choosing the best technique for your measurements
  • How to design an experiment
  • Sample preparation
  • Calibration and adjustment
  • Method validation