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Improving the Thermal Conductivity of Construction Materials

Thermal conductivity plays a large part within the construction industry. Fire protection and resistance are two crucial components when constructing safe buildings. Protective intumescent coatings and fire resistant materials, such as concrete, can be used in the building process to increase safety. Asphalt, a common road constructive material, can reach a temperature high during the day which can cause deformations in the structure of the road. To overcome this hurdle, scientists are looking into improving the thermal properties of asphalt, by adding phase change materials to minimize the asphalt’s temperature increases. Safety improvements to building materials and thermal conductivity tests, such as those mentioned above would not have been possible without thermal conductivity instruments.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Asphalt


Testing the thermal properties of various phase change materials for their addition to asphalt for uses in the construction industry.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Ceramic Bricks

Ceramic Bricks

Researching recycled products as a potential additive in the fabrication of clay bricks, for use in external wall construction.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Composites


Evaluating the combination of two or more materials to create a more physically stable and thermally desirable end product.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Concrete


Investigating the thermal properties of fly ash as an environmentally friendly replacement of cement in concrete.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Fire Protection

Fire Protection

Providing insight on safer housing; enhancing novel protective coatings to maximize fire resistance in building materials.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Infrastructure Improvement

Infrastructure Improvement

Determining the effect of North American seasons on concrete infused with new phase change materials.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Insulation vs. Temperature

Insulation vs. Temperature

Investigating the heat resistance of fibrous glass boards at various temperatures.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Insulation vs. Thickness

Insulation vs. Thickness

Does thickness have an effect on the insulative capabilities of extruded polystyrene?

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Liquids Quality Control

Liquids Quality Control

Using thermal conductivity testing to identify the fat percentage in milk samples.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Metals


Testing the thermal conductivity of various metals for their potential uses as cooking utensils and heat exchangers.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Steel


Investigating the thermal tolerance of high strength steel, to understand its safety level for use in building construction.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Wood


Determining the effects of anisotropy on the thermal conductivity of both green and oven-dried wood.

Thermal Conductivity Customer CommentTPS

Angel Duncan

Nanotex Corp

“We upgraded to the Hot Disc TPS over a previously used modified transient method, which required onerous calibration. We have found the Hot Disc to have superior capabilities and easy to use. It has been an important part of our research efforts for the measurement of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity. We have grown to rely on the Hot Disc for a wide variety of projects from thermal management in space suits to nano-enhanced heat transfer fluids.”