Standard Active Last Updated: Sep 19, 2017
ASTM E1952-17

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

Significance and Use

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

5.2 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.)


1.1 This test method describes the determination of thermal conductivity of homogeneous, non-porous solid materials in the range of 0.10 W/(K • m) 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°C to 90°C.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

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, health and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 14.01
Developed by Subcommittee: E37.10
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/E1952-17
ICS Code: 17.200.10