Thermal Conductivity Analyzer following ASTM D7896-19, is widely used for the accurate measurement of thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat of liquids and pastes. This versatility is greatly expanded with the addition of Thermtest’s proprietary Temperature Platform (TP) which is appreciated by academic and commercial users alike.
The Transient Hot-Wire (THW) Thermal Conductivity Analyzer has been used for the testing of liquids for more than 30 years, making it one of the most published methods for measuring thermal conductivity of liquids available.
The Transient Hot-Wire (THW-L1) Liquid Thermal Conductivity Analyzer is an advanced measurement system for primary measurements of thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat instrument for measurement of liquids and pastes in accordance with ASTM D7896-19. The THW-L1 was designed with speed and operational simplicity in mind. With a single measurement of 1 second in duration, small volumes of Liquids, Pastes, and Powders can be accurately and precisely measured for thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and specific heat. The THW-L1 utilizes a non-stationary measurement approach and rapid test times to limit convective effects for samples with a wide range of viscosities. The THW sensor consists of a thin heating wire 40 mm in length and is completely inserted into the sample to be tested. The sensor wire is heated using a constant current source (q) and the temperature rise is recorded by monitoring the change in electrical resistance of the wire. The slope (m) from the plot of temperature rise vs. logarithm of time is used in the calculation of thermal conductivity (λ). For liquid samples of high thermal conductivity, the lower the slope. For liquid samples of low thermal conductivity, the higher the slope.