Thermal Analysis of Glass

  • Erick KoontzEmail author
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This chapter explores the use of thermal analysis in the characterization of glassy materials. Common characterization methods are described as well as a basic overview of the techniques mentioned. Differential scanning calorimetry, thermomechanical analysis, and measurement of glass viscosity are among the primary topics covered. The inner workings of each of the instruments in question is touched upon, along with general calibration procedures and best practices for measurement. Where appropriate, basic material science principles are used to improve the readers' understanding of the reason for a measurement or particular method. While outlining the most important instruments in the thermal analysis of glasses, key glass properties such as glass transition temperature, crystallization temperature, melting temperature, and softening point are explained. Finally, a discussion of glass viscosity necessary for an understanding of the most common viscosity measurement instruments and methods is included.


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