The types of materials that can be analyzed include thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, adhesives, paints and lacquers, films and fibers, composites, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, fats and oils, ceramics, constructional materials and metals.
There are several types of the probe for TMA. The choice is dependent on the measurement purpose.
(a) Expansion/Compression Probe:
It is used for the measurement of the deformation by the thermal expansion and the transition of the sample under the compressed force is applied.
(b) Penetration Probe:
It is used for the measurement of the softening temperature.
(c) Tension Probe:
It is used for the measurement of the thermal expansion and the thermal shrinkage of the sample such as the film and the fiber.