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Thermal Analysis Platform

Thermal analysis platform is aimed to the thermo-physical characterization of a wide spectrum of samples (solid (bulk, powder), liquid).

The platform includes high tech instrumentation such us Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) coupled with a Mass Spectrometer and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) for thermodynamic characterization, Laser Flash Apparatus (LFA) and a Dilatometer for physical measurements.

The services are provided for research groups within the center as well as to the external users like other research centers or other public organization, but also to commercial companies and private people.

STA 449 F3 system connected to QMS 403 Aëolos (NETZSCH)

Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) refers to the simultaneous application of Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to one and the same sample in one instrument. Additionally, the system is connected to a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (QMS) in order to analyze gases, and in particular, volatile decomposition products of thermal analysis.
- Determination of onset, peak
- Transformation enthalpies
- Comprehensive glass transition analysis
- Degree of crystallinity
- Mass changes in % or mg
- Determination of the residual mass
- Extrapolated onset and end set
- Peak temperatures of the 1st and 2nd derivatives of the mass change curve
- Analysis of the gases evolved


The Q2000 is a research-grade DSC with superior performance in baseline flatness, precision, sensitivity, and resolution. Advanced Tzero® technology and multiple exclusive hardware and software features make the Q2000 powerful and flexible.

Separation of Complex Transitions
Quasi-Isothermal Heat Capacity
Improved Signal Sensitivity
- Melting
- Crystallization
- Glass Transition
- Solid-Solid Transition
- Polymorphic Transition
- Thermal Stability
- Liquid Crystal
- Oxidation Onset
- Protein Denaturation
- Cure Onset
- Heat Flow
- Thermal History
- Kinetics
- Direct measurement of heat capacity

LFA 457 MicroFlashTM (NETZSCH)

The LFA 457 MicroFlash® is the most up-to-date and versatile Laser Flash Apparatus (LFA) system for research search and development of applications involving characterization of standard and high performance materials in automobile manufacturing, aeronautics, astronautics and energy technology.

- Thermal diffusivity measurements
- Temperature range: RT ... 1100°C
- Heating- and cooling rates: 0.01 K/min ... 50 K/min
- Laser pulse energy: up to 18 J/pulse, (adjustable power)
- Measuring range: 0.01 mm2/s ... 1000 mm2/s (thermal diffusivity)
- Sample dimensions: 10 mm ... 25.4 mm diameter (also 8x8 mm and 10x10 mm, square) 0.1 mm ... 6 mm thickness
- Sample holder: SiC, graphite
- Liquid metal holder : sapphire
- Sample holder for liquids: Rhodium-platinum, Aluminium
- Atmosphere: inert, oxidizing, reducing, static, dynamic
- Vacuum-tight assembly up to 10-2 mbar (1 Pa)


Pushrod dilatometry is a method for determination of dimensional changes versus temperature and time when the sample undergoes a controlled temperature program. The specific materials properties gathered from this are: thermal expansion, coefficient of thermal expansion, volumetric expansion, density change, sintering temperatures and shrinkage steps, glass transition temperatures, softening points, phase transitions and influence of additives.

- Determining of thermal lengths changes for solids, melts, powders, pastes or liquids
- Temperature range: RT ... 1600°C
- Heating and cooling rates: 0.01 K/min ... 50 K/min
- Sample holder:Al2O3 <1700°C
- Measuring ranges: 500/5000 µm
- Sample length: max. 50 mm
- Sample diameter: max. 12 mm
- Δl resolution: 0.125 nm / 1.25 nm
- Atmospheres: inert, oxidizing, reducing, static and dynamic

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