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THERMAL & THERMOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM:
TA Q800 Instrument (DMA)


Technical specifications:
1. Viscoelastic measurements:
- Modulus range (dependent on geometry): 103 ÷ 1012 Pa
- Modulus precision: ± 1%
- Frequency range: 0.01 ÷ 200 Hz
- Maximum force: 18 N
- Force resolution: 0.0001 N
- Tangent range δ: 0.0001 ÷ 10
- Tangent sensitivity δ: 0.0001
- Tangent resolution δ: 0.00001
- Dynamic sample deformation range: ± (0.5 ÷ 10,000)µm
- Amplitude resolution: 1 nm

2. Temperature control:
- Temperature range: -150°C ÷ 600°C
- Heating rate: 0.1 ÷ 20°C/min in 0.1°C/min increments
- Cooling rate: from 0.1 to 10°C/min to -100°C
- Ballistic cooling rate: from 600°C to 50°C in t < 8 min
- Isothermal stability: ± 0.1°C

3. Deformation modes & Samples size:

Deformation modesSamples sizeType of sampleExamples
3-Point Bend length: 20 and 50 mm
width: 15 mm
thickness: 5 mm
stiff, low damping metals, ceramics, highly filled thermosetting polymers, highly filled crystalline, thermoplastic polymers
Small 3-Point Bend length: 5, 10 and 15 mm
Dual Cantilever length: 8, 20 and 35 mm
width: from 15 mm
thickness: from 5 mm
weak to moderately stiffthermosetting resins, elastomers, amorphous or lightly filled thermoplastic materials
Single Cantilever length: 4, 10, 17.5 mm
width: from 15 mm
thickness: from 5 mm
Shear Sandwich 10 mm square, to maximum of 4 mm thickness each side unsupported viscous liquid to elastomers above glass transitionuncured resins, b-staged material, tirerubber
Tension with automated length measurement using a preset tension length: 5 up to 30 mm
width: from 6.5 mm
thickness: from 2 mm
thin films, single/bundled fibersvarious types of films or fibers
Compression with automated thickness measurement using a preset load parallel plates, 10 and 40 mm diameter removable plates gels and weak elastomerspersonal care products, toothpaste, hydrogels
Penetration with automated thickness measurement using a preset load 2.5 mm diameter, removable any materialVarious samples for DMA penetration, glass transition, or melting analysis (not used for quantitative DMA experiments)

4. Operation Modes:
The DMA has the ability to program stress or force, and strain or amplitude in oscillation experiments.
The DMA also allow the following control features:
  - The Stabilization and Data Collection Cycles allow better control of data collection;
  - The Stress/Force Accuracy option allows you to specify how close you need to be to the target stress
    or force. (Applies to the Multi-Stress & Multifrequency-Stress modes);
  - The option Collect Data when Stable allows you to in experiments on samples with rapidly changing
    properties. (Applies to the Multi-Strain & Multifrequency Strain modes);
  - The Go to Temperature option allows the DMA furnace to go to a sub-ambient temperature without
    starting the run so that the clamps can be retightened to better grip the sample after shrinkage.
    Allowable Temperatures: -150°C to 20°C;
  - The Measure after Equilibrate option allows samples to be re-measured after first Equilibrate method
    segment;
  - The DMA is capable of performing experiments in each of the following modes:
          - Force-Track (Autotension) Modes;
          - Preview Measurement;
          - Temperature Ramp/Single Frequency;
          - Temperature Ramp/Frequency Sweep;
          - Temperature Step & Hold/Frequency Sweep;
          - Constant Temperature, Stress/Strain Sweep;
          - Constant Strain Rate;
          - Isostrain;
          - Creep;
          - Stress Relaxation.