Thermomechanical Analyzer (TA Instruments)
This TMA measures sample dimensional changes under conditions of controlled temperature, time, force, and atmosphere. Sample deformation of materials such as solids, foams, films, and fibres, can be characterized. Measurement of expansion, penetration, tension, compression, 3-point bending (or flexural) and a dilatometer probe kit allow determination of a material’s coefficient of thermal expansion, glass transition temperature, compression modulus, softening and melting behaviour, viscoelastic parameters, and coefficient of volume expansion to name a few. The Q400 has an operating temperature between -150o and 1000oC, and is equipped to operate under an inert, oxidizing, or reactive gas atmosphere.
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