This module is devoted to principles of the most used thermoanalytical methods, i.e. differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis. Some applications of the thermoanalytical methods are mentioned.
In this lesson, measurement principles of the heat-flux and power-compensated DSC calorimeters are demonstrated. The theoretical basis of the DSC and DTA methods is analysed in the simplest way. Some applications are mentioned.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the students to the basic principles of Thermogravimetric analysis (TG), the study of weight changes of a specimen as a function of temperature. The technique is useful strictly for transformations involving the absorption or evolution of gases from a specimen consisting of a condensed phase.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the students to the basic principles of Dynamic Mechanical Analysis and its applicability in the investigation of the thermomechanical properties of polymer-based materials. Introductory handouts on Polymer – Basics and Thermal Transitions in Polymers are also provided.