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Dr N A Rutter

Thermal Analysis describes a set of techniques which are widely used in both academic research and industry. These techniques are generally straightforward to use and are able to characterise a wide range of materials and materials properties.

This course is an introduction to a number of these techniques, describing how they are performed and how to interpret the data they produce. In addition practical issues of temperature control and measurement are discussed in some detail.

This lecture course will cover:

  • Survey of properties commonly measured as a function of temperature
  • Use of Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • ThermoGravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Other forms of calorimetry
  • Thermal Analysis case studies
  • Equipment and experimental design