A Literature Review of Heat Capacity Measurement Methods

  • Guishang Pei
  • Junyi Xiang
  • Gang Li
  • Shanshan Wu
  • Feifei Pan
  • Xuewei LvEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Heat capacity is the fundamental thermodynamic parameter, which always be used to obtain enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs energy. Those thermodynamic parameters are critical for chemical reaction, phase equilibrium, material synthesis and design. Various calorimetric methods for the measurement of the heat capacity have been reviewed and compared. The measurement methods of the heat capacity can be divided into two types: low-temperature and high-temperature heat capacity measurement, according to the temperature. The principle and equipment have been introduced systematically. It is recognized that the Drop method is becoming increasingly important, as it can provide more precise calorimetric data at high temperature that was attributed to its special 3D heat sensor.


Calorimetric methods Heat capacity DSC Drop method 



This work was supported by the project funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2018CDYJSY0055).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guishang Pei
    • 1
  • Junyi Xiang
    • 1
  • Gang Li
    • 1
  • Shanshan Wu
    • 1
  • Feifei Pan
    • 1
  • Xuewei Lv
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringChongqing UnivesityChongqingChina

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