Thermal Characterization

Simultaneous TG-DTA/DSC-FTIR-MS instrumentation for characterizing thermal properties.

The combination of the various techniques available at CanmetCERL and our broad range of expertise allow us to provide complete and detailed thermal characterization of the materials used in the explosives industry and elsewhere.


  • Measurement of physical and reactive properties of materials as a function of temperature or time, using a controlled temperature program and gas atmosphere
  • Wide range of thermal techniques
  • Thermal stability assessment
  • Phase changes, heat capacities, thermal conductivities characterized
  • Identification of unknowns and trace impurities
  • Vapour pressures measured
  • Simultaneous TG/DTA-DSC/FTIR/MS, an ideal tool for material characterization measurements of mass change and thermal properties are complemented by two gas analysis techniques for identification of reaction products in real time
  • Kinetic parameters and thermochemical calculations carried out following ASTM standard procedures
  • Energetic and hazardous materials a speciality
  • Laboratory accredited under ISO/IEC Guide 25 by the Standards Council of Canada, including ASTM standards


  • Cost savings through better–designed processes and choice of materials
  • Improved process safety