Thermal Analysis Laboratory
The Thermal Analysis Laboratory provides access to advanced scientific instrumentation for the measurement of the thermal properties of materials in support of the educational, research, and public service missions of WKU for faculty and students requiring thermal analysis data. The TA Lab also actively conducts third party thermal analysis of samples for local, regional and national businesses and governmental agencies.
Located in modern laboratory space within WKU’s Center for Research and Development, the Thermal Analysis Laboratory contains a wide variety of scientific instruments making it one of the most well equipped academic thermal analysis labs in the United States. In addition to providing support for faculty and student research projects, the TA Lab provides graduate and undergraduate students with hands-on experience in use of modern thermal analysis equipment, and revenue generated from both internal and external clients are sufficient to fully support the operation of the TA Lab.
The Thermal Analysis Laboratory conducts analyses using the following methods:
- Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
- High-Resolution/Modulated Thermogravimetric Analysis (HR/MTGA)
- Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
- Pressurized/Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (P/MDSC)
- High-Pressure Thermogravimetric Analysis (HP-TGA)
- Evolved Gas Thermal Analysis (TGA-MS, TGA-FTIR, DSC-MS, DSC-FTIR)
- Isothermal Calorimetry (IC)
- Micro-Calorimetry (MC)
- Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)
- Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
- Vapor Sorption Analysis (VSA)
- Dielectric Thermal Analysis (DEA)
- Surface Area Analysis (SAA)
- Hybrid Rheometer Analysis (HRA)
- High Temperature Viscosity Analysis (HTV)
- Guarded Heat Flow Analysis (GHF)
- Laser Flash Diffusivity Analysis (LFD)
- Thermal Differential Dilatometry Analysis (TDD)
The core service of the Thermal Analysis Laboratory is analysis of the thermal properties of samples provided by both internal and external clients. These results are frequently used for new product development, quality control, or troubleshooting.
For more information visit the Thermal Analysis Laboratory home page here.