Thermophysical Properties Research Laboratory, Inc.
Phone : 765-463-1581
Perkin-Elmer DSC
(For Operation: ASTM E 1269-05, ASTM E 1356-08, ASTM D 3418-08, ASTM E 793-06; For Calibration: ASTM E 967-08, ASTM E 968-02)

TPRL, Inc. has two types of Perkin-Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeters for measuring specific heat.

Two of the DSC's are used to measure the specific heats of a material from room temperature to 500°C, and the other DSC measures specific heat below room temperature with the use of liquid nitrogen. The sample and reference holder of the low temperature DSC is surrounded by a glove box to protect this area from moisture condensation when measurements are made. Both types of DSC's consist of a reference holder and a sample holder. Both the reference and sample holders are equipped with heaters and temperature sensors. These sensors detect fluctuations of the sample holder with respect to the reference holder as both are heated. A high gain, closed-loop electronic system provides differential electrical power to read out directly in millicalories per second and is equivalent to the rate of energy absorption or evolution of the sample. By comparing this rate with the rate measured during the heating of a known mass of sapphire, the specific heat is calculated. The experiments are performed under computer control and specific heat is calculated in Joules/(gm K) and BTU/(lb F) (which equals Cal/(gm C) ) at the related temperature intervals. The DSC's are periodically checked by running either NIST sapphire or aluminum as a sample and the results are compared to the NIST values.

Thermophysical Properties Measured

Thermal Conductivity

Thermal Diffusivity

Specific Heat

Thermal Expansion

Electrical Resistivity


Thermal Gravimetric Analysis & Simultaneous Thermal Analysis


ASTM Methods

Sample Sizes & Definitions

Test Selector Tool

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