The HFM-25 is a portable heat flow meter for the measurement of thermal resistance and thermal conductivity of small samples of insulation and construction materials.
Best For small samples of insulation and construction materials.
Designed with simplicity in mind, a sample is positioned between the two heating – cooling plates. Plate contact is controlled manually, with variable pressure applied with the use of standard weights. Thickness is conveniently reported with included digital gauge. Testing on compressible samples is possible with included shims.
Ambient room temperature is automatically detected, users can choose from 5, 10, 15, and 20 °C delta ranges. One heat flux sensor is integrated into each plate and is used to monitor heat flux (Q/A), generated due to the difference in temperature (DeltaT) between the top and bottom plate at regular intervals until steady-state heat flux is observed. The composite heat flux is then used to measure thermal resistance (R) and calculate thermal conductivity (λ) according to Fourier’s Law.
|Thermal Conductivity||0.01 to 0.3 W/m•K|
|Temperature||Delta 5°C, 10°C, 15°C and 20°C at ambient temperature|
* applies for materials below 0.1 W/mK
The homogeneity of NIST 1450d high-density fibrous glass board was measured with the HFM-25. Designed to test small samples or locations of 25 mm x 25 mm. The open concept sample clamping allows testing of large samples.
The four corners of the board were measured to analyze the homogeneity of sample. The % RSD from location to location was less than 1%, confirming the homogeneity
Aerogel blanket sample (50 x 50 x 9.58 mm) was selected to test by the HFM-25. Thermal conductivity of 0.014 W/m•K was measured at 23°C, which is within 3% of the manufacturer’s specification (measured by GHP – ASTM C177).
A sample of NIST SRM 1450d was measured for thermal conductivity for accuracy. The certified thermal conductivity for the NIST piece at 25°C is 0.0329 W/m•K. The measured thermal conductivity was 0.0330 W/m•K, which is within 1% of the certified value.
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