Knowledge and understanding of thermal analysis as a characterization tool is aimed, with emphasis on the most recent developments and primarily applied on polymers.
The student should be able to perform an optimized characterization of a wide variety of products and materials by means of well chosen complementary thermal analysis techniques.
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is fully worked out as the most important thermal analysis technique: instrumentation, measuring principle, calibration, choice of experimental parameters.
Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC), a recent extension of the conventional DSC technique, is treated in detail.
Additional techniques are discussed: thermogravimetric analysis (TGA),thermomechanical and dynamic mechanical analysis (TMA and DMA), dielectric analysis (DEA), micro(nano)-calorimetry, micro-and nano thermal analysis, chip calorimetry