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Thermal Analysis Uses of Temperature Sensors

Thermal analysis of materials in order to characterize some of their properties is a catch-all term descriptive of many sub-disciplines of scientific and engineering methods. Each, in turn, is often highly specialized and has a long history of development, techniques, standards and instrumentation. It is somewhat surprising to find that those working in one engineering area, for example, while they may be famililar with testing used within their specialty, are almost totally unaware of very similar technologies developed for other fields that have similar needs. Some cross-fertilization is necessary to help further the advances made, expecially in measurement devices, in spreading to "neighbor" technological fields.

The methods described on these pages may overlap with some of the very specialized testing methods used to evaluate intermediate and finished properties of materials undergoing a manufacturing process. These latter properties are often very specific to individual production processes. That aspect of materials characterization is not intended to be addressesed explicitly.

Some Useful Links

  1. Thermal Analysis, Calorimetry and Rheology Information Central
    BK Publishing's authoritative website on Thermal Analysis, Calorimetry and Rheology. This site includes Thermal Trends, the Thermal Analysis, Calorimetry and Rheology Buyer's Guide, and links to many resources in the field.
  2. ICTAC, The International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
    The International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC) has the aim of promoting international understanding and cooperation in these branches of science through activities within its Scientific Committees, congresses to exchange information, and coordinating efforts towards standardization and nomenclature.
  3. Erich's Thermal Analysis Hotlinks
    A site devoted to useful information for the Thermal Analyst. Includes calibration standards, commercial vendors, meetings, organizations, journals, and more
  4. North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS)
  5. Thermal Methods Group (TMG) - (The English TA society)
  6. Gesellschaft für Thermische Analyse (GEFTA) - (The German TA society)
  7. Association Française de Calorimetrie et Analyse Thermique (AFCAT) - (The French TA society)
  8. Thermische Analyse Werkgroep Nederland (TAWN) - (The Dutch Society for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry)
    The society's mission is to supply information to the members, so that they are "well acquainted with the latest developments". To that end they have an informative website and publish The TA Bulletin (in Dutch) several times per year w/tables of content on the website. They also organize two annual meetings; one, "TAD" in November and the other, "Thema(mid)dag", in May/June. TAWN's annual membership's subscription fee is currently € 10.
  9. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
    A journal covering all aspects of thermal analysis, calorimetry, experimental thermodynamics and instrumentation for thermal analysis and calorimetry.
  10. Thermochimica Acta
    An Elsevier journal publishing original research on all areas of thermoanalytical and calorimetric methods in chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.



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