Using Decagon’s thermal properties analyzers is simple, but there are some things that are important to know before making your thermal properties measurements. We’re here to help, which is why we have created resources for measurement and sample type. Choose from the categories below to make sure you have all the equipment and knowledge you need to measure the thermal properties of your soil, masonry, fluid, or other material.
Soil is dynamic. Water movement, salts, microbes, organic content, mineral content, and temperature, among other factors can all change the thermal properties of a soil. For the most thorough understanding of a soil sample we recommend creating a thermal dryout curve to characterize the thermal properties on a range from oven-dry to saturated moisture content.
There is a correlation between various concrete aggregates and the thermal properties of the mixture. Rock, though formed through natural processes, is much the same.
Using the transient heat source method, it is possible to measure the thermal conductivity and thermal resistivity of a liquid sample. However, this is dependant on the viscosity and termperature of the sample. With fluid samples it is vitally important that there is no convection or bulk movement while a sample is being tested.
Our thermal properties instruments have been used on a number of materials. From building supplies to organ tissue—as long as there is enough of a sample to take a measurement, our instruments can be used.