Thermal analysis: To prevent material changes in the presence of heat or cold

Knowledge of the thermal behavior of materials is important not only for components that are obviously used at higher temperatures, but already for everyday applications.

Surface temperatures of up to 120 °C can arise from solar radiation alone. In contrast, temperatures as low as -40 °C are possible in winter. In thermal analysis, temperature-dependent changes in the material structure are determined and evaluated. Composite materials and material pairings are particularly at risk in cold and hot conditions, where different thermal properties can lead to various damage phenomena.


The Center for Applied Analytics ZAA offers numerous methods to characterize the thermal behavior of a wide variety of materials:

These include dilatometry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Since knowledge of evaporating substances or decay products is often the key to understanding thermal processes, we also offer exhaust gas analysis in the form of mass spectrometry (MS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for TGA, DTA and DSC.



Our offer

  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) with coupled mass and FTIR spectroscopy
  • Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)
  • Differential dynamic calometry (DSC)
  • Dilatometry

If you are interested in the optical analysis of thermally induced changes, our colleagues at the Center of Device Development CeDeD will be happy to assist you with the thermo-optical measuring equipment (TOM).

Your local contact

Alexander Reinholdt

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Dr. Alexander Reinholdt

Head of Center for Applied Analytics

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC
Neunerplatz 2
97082 Würzburg, Germany

Phone +49 931 4100-260

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