Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis

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High-speed furnace for thermal analysis
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View into the laboratory for thermal analysis at Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden

Physical and chemical properties of a substance, a mixture of substances and/or reaction mixtures are measured as a function of temperature, time or pressure using thermal analysis methods. The sample is subjected to a temperature-time program under a defined atmosphere.

Analysis methods offered by Fraunhofer IFAM Dresden:

Dilatometry (accredited method)               

  • Thermal expansion behaviour (temperature-density curve, shrinkage, swelling)
  • Thermal expansion coefficient

Thermal Conductivity

  • Heat and thermal conductivity

Dynamic Differential Calorimetry (DSC)

  • Melting, solidification and crystallization processes, recrystallization
  • Dissolution and excretion processes
  • Phase formation
  • Determination of reaction enthalpies


  • (De)hydrogenations, (de)hydrations
  • Drying, evaporation, vaporization, sublimation
  • Debinding, dewaxing, dewatering, degassing
  • Decomposition (pyrolysis, combustion)
  • Oxidation, reduction, corrosion and stability under defined conditions
  • Cyclic oxidation test
Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) as a combination of Thermogravimetry (TG) and Dynamic Differential Calorimetry (DSC)

Realizable heating rate up to 500 K/min in a temperature range between 25°C and 1200°C