This course is relevant for researchers into physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering working with materials or substances in solid or liquid state. A theoretical background together with a practical approach on several experimental techniques used for characterizing substances is given.
The course will on a three years period change between three groups of experimental techniques
1. Thermal analysis with Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravimetry (TG) and dilatometry
2. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, rheometric analysis techniques. With these techniques the influence of temperature and time on mechanical behavior of materials is analysed.
3. Spectroscopic techniques (Infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy). Spectroscopic analysis gives information on the structural properties of materials.
There will be hands-on exercises with samples from the students and/or hand out specimens and the students will prepare reports based on their results.
The first year the topic will be on Thermal analysis
Thermal analysis with Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermal Gravimetry (TG) and dilatometry
Thermal analysis deals with changes in materials behavior in response to temperature alteration. With the techniques introduces in this course the researcher will be able to get information on heat capacity, enthalpy and temperature of phase changes or chemical reaction and in many cases kinetics of chemical reaction.
The course will start with chemical thermodynamics and theoretical background for differential scanning calorimetry. Different techniques and apparatus for obtaining thermal properties will be presented; this will include power compensated DSC, heat flux DSC, DTA and modulated DSC. Topics will include: Calibration and sample preparation. Analysis of first order and second order transitions. Focus will be on polymeric materials and how to determine heat of transition, degree of crystallinity and glass transition temperature. Different techniques for determining specific heat capacity.
Hand-on exercises with DSC, thermal analysis (TG) and Thermal Mechanical Analysis (TMA)
Details on literature will be given primo May 2013 as soon as we have details on the delegates.


Jesper de Claville Christiansen, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, email:


Raino Mikael Larsen, Erik Appel Jensen, Lars Rosgaard Jensen, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering




May 27-31, 2013


Aalborg University, Department of Mechanichal and Manufacturing Engineering, Fib.14 room 58.

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May 3, 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.