Nouryon ECCD offers a range of techniques to help your business with thermal analysis.
Thermal analysis is a branch of materials science investigating how thermophysical properties of materials change with temperature. Thermal properties are of crucial importance since they govern the end-use performance and processing of a wide range of products such as polymers, composites and pharmaceuticals. These analyses provide useful insights for each step of the product cycle development: from research and industrial development to quality assurance.
The thermal analysis capabilities available at ECCD are:
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measures the amount of energy adsorbed or released by a sample subjected to a controlled temperature program. It determines the temperature and heat flow associated with material transitions (like melting, glass transition, cross-linking) and allows the investigation of how they are affected by additives, processing steps or environmental conditions.
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) is performed to determine weight changes in relation to temperature variation. It is widely used to monitor how the thermal degradation is affected by material composition and structure. For example, it can be used to assess the efficacy of additives to retard the oxidation thus increasing the operational temperature range.
Dynamic Mechanical Temperature Analysis (DMTA) investigates the effect of temperature and loading on the mechanical properties of thermoset materials. This technique is used to record the viscoelastic properties of polymers, that is, the storage and loss modulus versus temperature. DMTA highlights the presence of relaxation phenomena and how they are affected by fillers, additives or curing history.
Thanks to a long experience in the chemical industry, Nouryon ECCD understands the strengths and limitations of the analytical techniques it offers. Therefore, the best approach for every request can be advised based on customers’ needs. Our facilities can be accessed either for on-demand tests or for multidisciplinary research projects. We can combine the characterization of physical properties with detailed chemical and microstructural analyses to establish how structure and composition relate to materials properties.
Research & Development
The Expert Capability Center Deventer is located at the heart of the R&D center of Nouryon in Deventer, the Netherlands.