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EPSRC Reference: GR/M30746/01
Title: JREI QUANTITATIVE HIGH TEMPERATURE DSC/DSC-TG THERMAL ANALYSIS FACILITY
Principal Investigator: Chang, Professor IT
Other Investigators:
Campbell, Professor J Ponton, Dr CB Harris, Professor IR
Hay, Dr JN Strangwood, Dr M
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Project Partners:
Netzsch Instruments T & N Technology Ltd
Department: Metallurgy and Materials
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: JREI
Starts: 01 July 1999 Ends: 30 June 2002 Value (£): 53,000
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation
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The aim of this proposal is to set up a state-of-the-art quantitative high temperature thermal analysis facility which will serve both industry and academic institutions. The proposed research programme will use high temperature DSC and DSC-TG techniques to quantify the transition temperatures, transition enthalpies, specific heats, mass changes and progress of phase transformations in a wide range of structural and functional materials. This includes the study of crystallisation of amorphous Al and Zr based alloys, relaxation of amorphous inorganic and metallic solids, solidification of commercial casting alloys, precipitation in steels, phase evolution during the processing of Nd-Fe-B, metal hydrides and oxide ceramic. Such information is vital to the development of new materials, improved materials processing simulations and the optimization of microstructure and properties. A crucial aspect of the proposed thermal analysis equipment is the ability to measure the heat flux and mass change reliably at a high precision at controlled temperatures up to 1650 degrees C in a dynamic inert atmosphere or under high vacuum at pressure below 10-3 mB. A high-accuracy DSC unit will be dedicated to the study of non-volatile reactions while the DSC-TG unit will be focussed on the study of reactions where the volatilization may be an issue.
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