ASTM E1952 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity by Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    Active Standard ASTM E1952 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    Thermal conductivity is a useful design parameter for the rate of heat transfer through a material.

    The results of this test method may be used for design purposes, service evaluation, manufacturing control, research and development, and hazard evaluation. (See Practice E1231.)

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the determination of thermal conductivity of homogeneous, non-porous solid materials in the range of 0.10 to 1.0 W/(K m) by modulated temperature differential scanning calorimeter. This range includes many polymeric, glass, and ceramic materials. Thermal diffusivity, which is related to thermal conductivity through specific heat capacity and density, may also be derived. Thermal conductivity and diffusivity can be determined at one or more temperatures over the range of 0 to 90 °C.

    1.2 SI units are the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E473 Terminology Relating to Thermal Analysis and Rheology

    E967 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters and Differential Thermal Analyzers

    E968 Practice for Heat Flow Calibration of Differential Scanning Calorimeters

    E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties

    E1231 Practice for Calculation of Hazard Potential Figures-of-Merit for Thermally Unstable Materials

    E2161 Terminology Relating to Performance Validation in Thermal Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1952-11

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