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Polymer Testing by Muralisrinivasan Subramanian

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Chapter 4

Thermal Analysis and Degradation

Devices for the thermal analysis of polymers were described as early as the 1950s [1], and today they find wide use in polymer science. Polymers encounter elevated temperatures at almost every step in the manufacturing, compounding, and processing stages, and even in service, so a great deal of information is needed about their thermal behavior.

Instruments to measure temperature by scanning with automatic control and high resolution first became available commercially in the 1960s [2]. Instrumental methods research led to inventions of a variety of thermal analysis devices with abilities beyond measurement of thermodynamic properties. Thermal analysis of nonthermodynamic properties extends the temperature-scanned ...

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