Parque Tecnológico de Álava
Thermal analysis platform is aimed to the thermo-physical characterization of a wide spectrum of samples (solid (bulk, powder), liquid).
The platform includes high tech instrumentation such us Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) coupled with a Mass Spectrometer and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) for thermodynamic characterization, Laser Flash Apparatus (LFA) and a Dilatometer for physical measurements.
The services are provided for research groups within the center as well as to the external users like other research centers or other public organization, but also to commercial companies and private people.
Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (STA) refers to the simultaneous application of Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to one and the same sample in one instrument. Additionally, the system is connected to a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (QMS) in order to analyze gases, and in particular, volatile decomposition products of thermal analysis.
- Determination of onset, peak
- Transformation enthalpies
- Comprehensive glass transition analysis
- Degree of crystallinity
- Mass changes in % or mg
The Q2000 is a research-grade DSC with superior performance in baseline flatness, precision, sensitivity, and resolution. Advanced Tzero® technology and multiple exclusive hardware and software features make the Q2000 powerful and flexible.
The LFA 457 MicroFlash® is the most up-to-date and versatile Laser Flash Apparatus (LFA) system for research search and development of applications involving characterization of standard and high performance materials in automobile manufacturing, aeronautics, astronautics and energy technology.
Pushrod dilatometry is a method for determination of dimensional changes versus temperature and time when the sample undergoes a controlled temperature program. The specific materials properties gathered from this are: thermal expansion, coefficient of thermal expansion, volumetric expansion, density change, sintering temperatures and shrinkage steps, glass transition temperatures, softening points, phase transitions and influence of additives.