Science in China Series B: Chemistry

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 382–390 | Cite as

A small sample-size automated adiabatic calorimeter from 70 to 580 K

Molar heat capacities of α-Al2O3
  • Zhicheng Tan
  • Jibiao Zhang
  • Shuanghe Meng
  • Li Li


An automatic adiabatic calorimeter for measuring heat capacities in the temperature range 70-580 K, equipped with a small sample cell of 7.4 cm3 in the internal volume has been developed. In order to obtain a good adiabatic condition of the calorimeter at high temperature, the calorimeter was surrounded in sequence by two adiabatic shields, three radiation shields and an auxiliary temperature-controlled sheath. The main body of the cell made of copper and the lid made of brass are silver-soldered and the cell is sealed with a copper screw cap. A sealing gasket made of Pb-Sn alloy is put between the cap and the lid to ensure a high vacuum sealing of the cell in the whole experimental temperature range. All the leads are insulated and fixed with W30-11 varnish, thus a good electric insulation is obtained at high temperature. All the experimental data, including those for energy and temperature are collected and automatically with a personal computer using a predetermined program. To verify the accuracy of the calorimeter, the heat capacities of α-Al2O3 of the calorimetric standard reference material is measured. The standard deviations of experimental heat capacity values from the smoothed values are within ± 0.28%, while the inaccuracy is within ±0.4% compared with those of the National Bureau of Standards over the entire working temperature range.


adiabatic calorimetry calorimetric technique heat capacity α-Al2O2 small sample 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhicheng Tan
    • 1
  • Jibiao Zhang
    • 1
  • Shuanghe Meng
    • 1
  • Li Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Thermochemistry Laboratory, Dalian Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesDalianChina

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