Introduction to Thermal Analysis & Thermophysical Properties for Advanced Materials Characterization

Using Thermal Analysis & Thermophysical Properties Measurement Techniques

This technical seminar will delve deeply into the most important methods for thermal analysis and measurement of thermophysical properties including DSC, TGA, STA (Simultaneous DSC/DTA/TGA), Laser Flash for Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity, Seebeck Coefficient measurements, as well as Dilatometry for thermal expansion.

These versatile techniques are excellent tools for answering critical questions in the areas of product development, quality control & assurance, failure analysis and research of new products & materials. Measurement theory, instrument design, and practical applications will be detailed.

Additional focus will be on the newest Laser Flash, Dilatometers and  Seebeck Coefficient instruments as well as their applications to thermoelectric materials research and their performance.

The goal of this seminar is to demonstrate the capability of these thermoanalytical methods with real life pplications from the fields of thermoplastics, thermosets, metals, ceramics, and other advanced materials.

Target group

Scientists, engineers, and laboratory personnel working in research, development, processing or quality control who wish to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in the area of thermal analysis and thermal properties measurement for advanced materials characterization.


Tuesday, November 12

Doubletree by Hilton - Austin University
1617N Interstate 35
Austin TX. 78702
Wildflower Room


Wednesday, November 13

Doubletree by Hilton - Houston Hobby
8181 Airport Boulevard.
Houston TX. 77061
Monterrey-Cancun-Acapulco Room

Participation fee

$45, including lecture materials, breakfast & lunch


9.00 Arrival & Continental Breakfast
9.15 Welcome & Introduction to NETZSCH Instruments
9.30 Introduction of Classical Thermal Analysis Methods – DSC, TGA, & Simultaneous TGA-DSC/DTA
10.30 Break
10.50 Thermophysical Properties Measurements: Specific Heat Measurements & Laser Flash Thermal Conductivity/Diffusivity Measurements
11.40 Stationary Methods for Thermal Conductivity Tests on Insulations: Heat Flow Meter Method
12.00 Lunch
1.00 Introduction of Evolved Gas Coupling Methods including mass spec, FT-IR, & GC-MS
1.30 Introduction to Thermomechanical Properties: Dilatometry (DIL), Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA) & Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) 
2.10 Break
2.30 Cure Monitoring of Thermosetting Resins by Dielectric Analysis (DEA)
3.00 Wrap Up & Final Discussion