simply put - the fastest, easiest way to measure thermal conductivity

Conforms to ASTM D7984, D5334, D5930, and IEEE 442

C-Therm’s patented sensor technology makes thermal conductivity simpler and more accessible to measure. There is simply no faster or easier way to measure thermal conductivity and effusivity. With the C-Therm TCi there is no complex regression analysis necessary as with other transient methods. No special sample preparation is required and there is no need to measure additional sample material properties such as heat capacity.

The TCi is provided with one versatile sensor for testing all types of materials; including solids, liquids, powders and pastes. A second sensor can be added for increased capacity.

The testing procedure is noninvasive; samples remain unaltered and reusable. The system offers users exceptional versatility in being able to operate in a variety of environments, including thermal chambers, high pressure vessels and glove boxes. Fast and accurate testing made easy!

 

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APPLICATIONS

Platform Technology with Broad Application

As a solution provider, C-Therm collaborates with researchers and corporations in numerous sectors to address specific challenges. The chart below offers a perspective on the breadth of applications, materials and roles C-Therm’s innovative technology can address.

CLIENTS

Organizations Using Our Patented Technology:

  • NASA
  • US NAVY
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (BERKELY)
  • PHILIPS
  • AVERY
  • 3M
  • PHILIP MORRIS
  • ASTRA ZENECA
  • PATHEON
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
  • RAYTHEON
  • CORNING
  • ENGELHARD
  • UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SANTA CATERINA
  • STOWE WOODWARD
  • INSA
  • DOW CORNING
  • EXXON MOBIL
  • NRC
  • LIBEREC UNIVERSITY
  • NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
  • PETROBAS
  • HENKEL
  • NANOCOMPOSIX
  • CANADIAN EXPLOSIVES RESEARCH LAB
  • Covestro
  • Soogsil University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Xiamen University
  • University of Windsor
  • Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Sejong University
  • Institute of Chemistry, CAS
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • Kyushu University
  • AND MANY MORE

EASILY TEST SOLIDS, LIQUIDS, POWDERS AND PASTES

SOLIDS:

Conductive Polymers

C-Therm has provided a breakthrough in the characterization of critical performance attributes of conductive polymers used in electronics and automotive industries. The main advantage the technique offers is the flexibility to test a wide range of sample geometries. As an example, clients at a large polymer producer use the test samples from their tensile testing regimen to also test the in-plane and through-plane thermal conductivity with the C-Therm TCi. There is no longer the need to destructively machine or form specific sample sizes/dimensions to test thermal conductivity.

POWDERS:

From Explosives to Ink Toners

The C-Therm TCi is being used to safely test the stability, degradation, and shelf life of explosives because it is the only instrument engineered for evaluating the thermal conductivity of powders safely. Sample volumes are as small as 1.25 ml. This is also critical to a rapidly growing client base in metal hydrides, where materials are expensive and available in low quantities. The technology is also migratable to manufacturing environments as a cost-effective way to monitor powder processes for moisture and homogeneity.

PASTES:

Keeping the Hottest Electronics Cool

The faster and smaller microprocessors become, the more heat they generate. C-Therm’s TCi is providing vital insights into the development of all materials that contribute to the overall thermal budget, including thermal interface materials such as thermal grease and gap pads. These materials are typically compressible and the thermal conductivity varies with changes in the densification of the material. Clients use the C-Therm Compression Test Accessory (CTA) to precisely control the compaction of the sample in producing results reflective of the actual application conditions for the material.

LIQUIDS:

Under Pressure

The C-Therm TCi is helping manufacturers improve the heat transfer properties of liquids. C-Therm is unique in offering the capability to accurately measure the thermal conductivity of liquids; the short test time (<1 second) and small sample volume requirements negate the convective errors typical in liquid testing with traditional techniques. As an example, clients in the Oil & Gas field use C-Therm’s High Pressure Cell (HPC) accessory in measuring the impact of elevated atmospheric conditions and temperature on the thermal conductivity of fluids.

TESTIMONIALS

"We purchased the C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer after seeing a demonstration of how fast and easy it is to operate. The instrument provides unequivocal results and provides the flexibility to test powders and liquids. In terms of our satisfaction with the purchase, I'd give it a 10 out of 10 - extremely satisfied."

Dr. Enrique Jackson
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

"We purchased C-Therm's TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer originally to characterize the thermal conductivity of metal hydrides. We liked that it could operate in a wide range of environments and test different materials. It provides accurate, unambiguous thermal conductivity results. What I've really come to appreciate about it is how easy it is to operate. Our students can train on it for 30 mins and be proficient in being left on their own in running their samples. We have many visiting scholars that used C-Therm's TCi for many types of samples. This equipment is really versatile."

Dr. Jacques Huot
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

"The C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer has provided our group a fast, accurate capability to test the thermal conductivity of our polymers with C-Therm’spatented high-precision MTPS sensor. The instrument has become very popular within our group for its quick easy reliable measurement and the support from C-Therm has exceeded our expectations.  We recently upgraded the unit with the new robust TLS module for work on polymer melts."

Jose Fonseca
Covestro

"My C-Therm TCi is working well and it has been used to generate valuable data. The instrument is a great addition to our lab's testing capabilities."

Richard Baumann
Easton Cooper Power Systems 

"C-Therm TCi probe is very easy to use, very versatile. I can do my material testing within a couple of minutes. I don't have to spend all day and all the time to adjust thermal conductivity measurement. And time is important to me, to just know the number and move on; and this probe allows me to do the testing whenever I need, as I need, and I can do it quite quickly."

Dr. Pradeep Rai
Vertec Polymers

PROVEN

For over a decade, C-Therm’s innovative sensor technology has been pioneering the way for many of the world’s most prominent manufacturers, research facilities, and academic institutions to test and measure thermal properties of materials.

The technology behind the C-Therm TCi represents a paradigm shift in thermal conductivity measurement and earned the inventor behind the technology the Manning Innovation Principle Award and an R&D 100 Award. These coveted awards are given to the top global innovators, and place C-Therm in the distinguished company of such other winners as the developers of the ATM, Polaroid™ and anti-lock brakes. Since its launch, C-Therm’s unique technology has evolved to new levels of accuracy, speed, and flexibility. Today, it is being used around the globe for R&D, quality control, and on-line production monitoring in a wide range of industries.

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