ASTM E794 - 06(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Melting And Crystallization Temperatures By Thermal Analysis

    Active Standard ASTM E794 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Differential scanning calorimetry and differential thermal analysis provide a rapid method for determining the fusion and crystallization temperatures of crystalline materials.

    5.2 This test is useful for quality control, specification acceptance, and research.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the determination of melting (and crystallization) temperatures of pure materials by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and differential thermal analysis (DTA).

    1.2 This test method is generally applicable to thermally stable materials with well-defined melting temperatures.

    1.3 The normal operating range is from −120 to 600°C for DSC and 25 to 1500°C for DTA. The temperature range can be extended depending upon the instrumentation used.

    1.4 Computer or electronic based instruments, techniques, or data treatment equivalent to those in this test method may be used.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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

    E793 Test Method for Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization by Differential Scanning Calorimetry

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

    E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41112201(Calorimeters)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0794-06R12

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