Thermal Analysis Capabilities

Corrosion Testing

Westmoreland Mechanical Testing and Research’s (WMT&R) thermal analysis capabilities strengthen the depth and quality of its testing results. Our thermal analysis can help study your materials changes in relation to temperature, ensuring your materials have the capability to withstand its intended application.”

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  • Ability to Analyze Thermal Diffusivity and Speed of Heat Propagation Through Given Materials
  • Capability for Vast Temperature Ranges from -196ºC to 1600ºC
  • Ability to Determine Heat Flow of Materials
  • Ability to Test for Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
  • Ability to Analysis Material’s Properties Including Mass, Dimension, Mechanical Stiffness and Damping, Heat Difference, and More.


DLF-1200 Thermal Diffusivity Instrument



What Is the Discovery Laser Flash System Used For?
The Discovery Laser Flash System (DLF-1200) provides Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research the capability of testing for thermal diffusivity and speed of heat propagation through a given material.

The DLF-1200 provides a high-performance laser flash analysis over a wide range of test temperatures. With high precision, quick response, non-contact measurement of the sample surfaces, Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research determines your material's ability to transfer and store heat through the laser pulse and ensuring your materials are fit for its intended application.


DLF 1200 Laser Flash

  • Pulses the bottom face of a specimen and detects the time to propagate energy to the top face
  • General Tests: Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity (needs specific heat and density for T.C.)
  • Capable of a temperature range of RT to 1200ºC
  • Square and circular sample geometries
  • Purged with an inert gas
  • Capable of being ran under vacuum


Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)


What Is Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Used For?
The Dynamic Mechanical Analysis machine measures the mechanical and viscoelastic properties of materials such as thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, ceramics, and metals.  The DMA provides Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research with the ability to perform glass transition tests on larger materials and increases the number of variables for those tests.

The DMA machine has a fluctuating temperature range as well as humidity control and fluid bath options for additional testing information for your materials. The DMA is similar to a mechanical test frame because it can also perform bend, shears, and tension tests.



  • Applies an oscillatory force to a specimen
  • Plots Viscoelastic properties vs. temperature
  • General Testing: Glass Transition Temperature, Frequency/Strain Sweeps, TTS (Time Temperature Superposition)
  • Capable of temperature range of -196ºC to 600ºC
  • Multiple geometries to accommodate for various testing (tensile, compression, 3 pt. bend, single/dual cantilever, shear)
  • Sample support can be inverted 180º and submerged into a fluid bath to simulate testing in various liquids (salt water, fuels, oils, etc.)
  • Capable of frequency of 0.001 to 300 Hz
  • Accreditations: NADCAP and A2LA


Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

What's Thermomechanical Analysis Used For?
Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research provides Thermomechanical Analysis which studies the properties of materials, such as dimension or mechanical properties, as they change with temperature.

The process of thermomechanometry ensues a stress is applied to a material and the resulting strain is measured while the material is subjected to a controlled temperature program, mimicking conditions that would affect a material in applications in aerospace, automotive, composites, medical, and oil and gas sectors.

TMA / SDTA 1 IC 600 and HT 1600

  • Applies a static force to a specimen
  • Measured dimensional change over a given temperature profile
  • Combined temperature range of -80ºC to 1600ºC
  • Detects nanometer changes in length
  • General Testing: Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion, Glass Transition Determination, Softening Point, Heat Deflection Temperature
  • Film Accessory Kit to allow for testing on thin films
  • Multiple probe types (3mm Flat, 1mm Flat, 3mm Ball Point, Knife Edge) for optimum results and resolution
  • Accreditations: NADCAP and A2LA

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

What Is Differential Scanning Calorimetry Used For?
Another capability of our thermal analysis is the Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The DSC measures enthalpy internal energy changes in samples due to variations in their physical and chemical properties as a function of temperature or time, determining biochemistry and heat flow of materials. 

This instrument is built to measure energy directly and allows precise measurements of heat capacity, enabling measurements of characteristic properties of a material.  It can provide analysis of chemical reactions in materials such as fusion and crystallization events, glass transition temperatures and oxidation, ensuring safety screening, stability, and integrity of chemical composition.

DSC 1 700
    • Measures enthalpic changes over a given temperature segment
    • Capable of temperature range of -50ºC to 600ºC
    • General Testing: Specific Heat, Transition Temperatures (Glass Transition, Melting, Crystallization, Decomposition, Cure Kinetics)
    • Accreditations: NADCAP and A2LA


Thermogravimetry (TGA)



What Is Thermogravimetry Used For?
Thermogravimetry, through the Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) device measures the change in weight of a sample as it is heated, cooled, or held at a constant temperature.  It is primarily used to characterize material composition. Applications include plastics, elastomers and thermosets, mineral compounds, and ceramics. The TGA can provide information about chemical phenomena including chemisorptions, desolvation and dehydration, decomposition, and solid-gas reactions such as oxidation or reduction.

TGA/DSC 2 HT 1600
  • Also referred to as STA (Simultaneous Thermal Analysis)
  • Measures mass and enthalpic change over a given temperature profile
  • General Testing: Same as DSC 1 but with a higher temperature range. TGA tests include Mass Change, Thermal Stability, Thermal Degradation
  • Capable of temperature range of RT to 1600ºC
  • XP5 balance: Capable of samples up to 5 grams (1.0 ug resolution)
  • Gas Controller to allow for inert and reactive gas atmosphere
  • Accreditations: NADCAP and A2LA (A2LA for DSC portion)


Standardized Thermal Analysis Testing Solutions

Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research provides standardized and customized thermal analysis testing solutions, unique to your materials testing requirements.

The following list is a sample of the standardized thermal analysis tests that WMT&R performs on composite materials. 

Email or call WMT&R to discuss your specific testing needs:

ASTM D3418

Transition Temperatures and Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization of Polymers by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

ASTM D3850

Rapid Thermal Degradation of Solid Electrical Insulating Materials By Thermogravimetric Method (TGA) 

ASTM D5023

Plastics: Dynamic Mechanical Properties: In Flexure (Three-Point Bending)

ASTM D5024

Plastics: Dynamic Mechanical Properties: In Compression


Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between −30°C and 30°C with a Vitreous Silica Dilatometer

ASTM D7028

Glass Transition Temperature (DMA Tg) of Polymer Matrix Composites by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

ASTM E1131

Compositional Analysis by Thermogravimetry (TGA)

ASTM E1269

Determining Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

ASTM E1356

Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperatures by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

ASTM E1545

Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperature by Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

ASTM E1640

Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperature By Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

ASTM E1867

Temperature Calibration of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers


Total Mass Loss and Collected Volatile Condensable Materials from Outgassing in a Vacuum Environment


Linear Thermal Expansion of Solid Materials by Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)


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