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Principles and Practices of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

Thermal Analysis

  1. John Hill

Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com028.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

How to Cite

Hill, J. 2012. Principles and Practices of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. Characterization of Materials. 1–8.

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  1. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2012


This article presents a brief introduction to thermal analysis and calorimetry with emphasis on the application of the associated thermoanalytical techniques to the characterization of a wide range of materials over wide temperature ranges. The currently accepted nomenclature for these techniques is given together with the reference materials recommended for calibration. Also, the thermodynamic principles on which these techniques are based are summarized and the major recent literature on thermal analysis and calorimetry is listed together with some relevant internet websites. Essentially, this article constitutes a useful working handbook of thermal analysis and calorimetry.


  • thermal analysis;
  • calorimetry;
  • thermodynamic principles;
  • standardization;
  • thermal calibration materials