Glass transition determination

Do you want to characterize the glass transition of your samples? Calnesis carries out this type of service with different techniques depending on your sample.

The glass transition of a sample corresponds to its transition from a “brittle” solid state to a “soft” molten state often qualified as rubbery. This is a completely reversible state transition that concerns amorphous materials. This transition takes place over a more or less wide temperature range.

It is not strictly speaking a change of physical state, compared to a fusion, boiling, etc.

How to detect a glass transition?

Several physical properties of the sample show a more or less abrupt break during the glass transition of a sample. The mechanical properties are by definition impacted: hardness, etc. The thermal properties are more or less impacted: thermal expansion, thermal capacity, etc.

La transition vitreuse d’un échantillon peut être mise en évidence par différentes techniques : les plus communes sont les tests mécaniques effectuées en rampe de température, mais aussi la calorimétrie (DSC, etc)
Jean-Claude Neyt, COO and Lab Manager, Calnesis

The temperature monitoring of these parameters makes it possible to observe the rupture in the behavior of the sample, which indicates the presence of the glass transition.

Other measurements
Measurement of the thermal Conductivity of Samples over a wide temperature range.
Are you looking to measure the heat capacity of your samples? The Calnesis laboratory carries out these measurements by...
Measurement of the specific heat of samples by calorimetry over a wide temperature range (-80°C to 600°C).