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Thermal analysis can be used to analyze composite materials. A relatively small representative sample is sufficient to measure the most important properties and characteristics of such materials, for example the glass transition, content, decomposition behavior, and the elasticity and damping behavior.

In this Web-based seminar (presentation), we will describe the main techniques of thermal analysis and present some typical applications.

Composite materials are widely used in many industries because of their unique properties such as low weight, attractive price, wide stiffness range, long fatigue life and good wear resistance. Thermal analysis techniques such as DSC, TGA, TMA, and DMA are ideal for characterizing such materials. The most important advantage is that properties can be measured as function of temperature or time over a wide temperature range, from –150 to 1600 °C.

The presentation covers the following topics:

  • Composites
  • Thermal analysis
  • Industries and applications
  • Instrumentation and applications
    - DSC
    - TGA
    - TMA
    - DMA

In this presentation, we will show how thermal analysis is used to analyze composite materials and present some typical examples of samples measured by DSC, TGA, TMA, or DMA.

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