Investigating the Thermal Conductivity of Polymers

Polymers consist of a string of similar sub-units combined to create a greater whole. Polymers can have a range of characteristics, including anisotropy: the act of being directionally dependent. Anisotropic polymers, such as Torlon, challenge thermal conductivity of polymers testing, as the direction of heat transfer may occur on multiple planes.

How to measure the thermal conductivity of polymers

In a single test, our Hot Disk TPS sensors can be used to measure materials that are currently known as anisotropic materials, or are waiting to be classified. When referring to improving infrastructure, polymers are key. As concrete, metals, and plastics deteriorate in the ever-changing North American climate, various test for thermal conductivity of polymers, as well as physical sustainability testing for future use in our buildings and power supplies.

 Thermal Conductivity of Anisotropic Polymers

Anisotropic Polymers

Determining the Thermal Conductivity of Anisotropic Polymer Composites using the Hot Disk TPS.

 Thermal Conductivity of polymers Applications Batteries


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Ceramic Foam

Ceramic Foam

Investigating the effects of ceramic composition and pore size on the thermal properties of foams.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Concrete


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

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Fabric


Investigating the thermal conductivity of polymers with the addition of aerogels to PVC to further their applications as a strong, wear resistant insulator.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Graphite Sheets

Graphite Sheets

A thermal conductive review of pyrolytic graphite sheets, for their use in many Panasonic electronics as heat spreaders.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Insulation


Maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing the thermal conductivity of an insulation by testing various configurations.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Nano-Textile


Researching novel, innovative nano-technologies, such as carbon nanotubes, to further enhance the traditional space suit.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Quality Control


Measuring thermal conductivity of various powders, for their use in metal metallurgy, electronics, and electrical infrastructure.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Rubber


Investigating the process of rubber vulcanization, to increase its tolerance to physical strength and enhance its thermal conductivity.

 Thermal Conductivity Applications Torlon


Determining the direction of heat conduction, as well as thermal conductivity of a Torlon polymer sample.

Thermal Conductivity Customer Comment TPS 1500Hot Disk
TPS 1500

Albert Bell

Solex Thermal

“The Hot Disk TPS is able to accurately and reliably determine the thermal properties of a number of bulk solid materials with a broad range of thermal and physical characteristics. The flexibility, ease of use, and consistency provided by the Hot Disk make it an essential part of the success of our laboratory. Having previously employed other testing methods, we now use the Hot Disk exclusively and strongly recommend it to any laboratory engaged in the analysis of material thermal properties.” 

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