Introduction to Thermal Analysis and Surface Area Measurement
The free online course on thermal analysis as a technique used in construction materials and surface area measurements.
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This free online course will introduce you to thermal analysis as a technique commonly used to understand construction materials. You will be exposed to the thermal methods, the application of thermal analysis in the study of construction materials and how these applications or techniques are used to understand construction materials. This will lead you into differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), as well as the techniques and applications of DSC. Also, you will learn about the types of differential scanning calorimetry, the difference between differential thermal analysis and differential scanning calorimetry.
The course then enlightens you on the concept of surface area measurements performed on construction materials. You will gain an understanding of the reason for surface area measurement, laser diffraction, data analysis, as well as the surface area from laser diffraction. Next, you will be exposed to gas adsorption and BET theories. This will lead you into particle size distribution and specific surface area as typical aspects of surface area measurement.
Finally, you will learn about spherical primary particles, irregular primary particles, agglomerates and aggregates. Also, you will learn about powder sampling, representative sample, sieving apparatus and analysis. Next, you will be enlightened on how to determine surface area, adsorption of a gas on the surface and the influence of degassing temperature. Furthermore, you will be exposed to how you can report a specific surface area. Start learning today!Start Course Now
Thermal Analysis - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Thermal Analysis
Types of Differential Scanning Calorimetry
Differential Thermal Analysis Curve
Sample Preparation using Thermogravimetry
Thermal Analysis - Lesson Summary
Surface Area Measurement
Surface Area Measurement - Learning Outcomes
Particle Size Distribution
Laser Diffraction Theories
Techniques for Surface Area Measurement
Surface Area in Particle Adsorption
Surface Area Measurement: Calculation and Application
Surface Area Measurement - Lesson Summary
Having completed this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the meaning of thermal analysis in construction materials
- Identify the thermal methods in construction materials
- Identify the properties present in the various thermal methods
- List the uses of each of the different thermal methods
- Explain the meaning of differential scanning calorimetry as used in construction materials
- Explain the reason why we need surface area measurement
- Describe how particle size and specific surface area of a cement powder have a direct influence on its hydration kinetics
- Describe how reactivity of a powder is influenced by its surface area
- Identify the two typical measurements for cement powder
- Explain how to determine particle size distribution
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