Our lab is frequently asked to identify the best practical methods for characterising fundamental physical properties of soft materials, for a myriad of industries including pharma, food, cosmetics, specialty chemicals, and electronics. The MTPS method available on C-Therm’s Trident System is a perfect fit for us, providing a simple, highly accurate, practical, and versatile route for measuring thermal conductivity of semi-solids, powders, and fluids. The MTPS is a welcome addition to our capabilities, helping to complete our service offering, and has been a boon to the growth of our business.
Founder & CEO
To whom are looking a reliable Thermal Conductivity Analyzer, TCi™ Thermal Conductivity Analyzer is very easy to operate. A single test with multiple runs (for a statistical reason) can be done in 20 to 25 minutes or shorter. The results are accurate thanks to a precision calibration provided by C-Therm Technologies Ltd., The entire Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) Program at James Madison University (JMU) School of Integrated Sciences has been benefitting from using it especially for measuring the thermal conductivity of building materials in our sophomore Energy labs, and senior capstone projects involving EF Block® (Environmental Friendly, novel, lightweight, degradable, high R-value building block). The thermal effusivity value is part of the MTPS (Modified Transient Plane Source) sensor outputs which gives our students a better understanding of the transient heat conduction relationships between the specific heat, the density, and the thermal conductivity of building materials. In short, we are truly thrilled to own this sensor and believe that it will serve our students and faculty members for many years to come. Also, here we would like to thank both the sales and technical support teams from C-THERM who provided us a very valuable training session and professional service before and after the purchase of this thermal conductivity analyzer.
Professor - School of Integrated Sciences
C-Therm’s Trident system allows us to not only test a relatively broader range of materials with various sensor techniques, but with the Slab utility we are able to easily test the thermal conductivity of our thin aluminum alloys – which have high value in today’s electronic and computing hardware
Sr. Thermal Engineer,
C-Therm MTPS enabled us to perform much faster thermal measurements than using our old equipment. What is more, the device allowed us to determine the thermal effusivity which is relevant for building materials that we test. The support from C-Therm and COMEF is great.
Faculty of Civil Engineering & Architecture
C-Therm’s MTPS sensor is a fast and accurate instrument which has been an invaluable addition to our lab. The MTPS sensor allows us to quickly understand the thermal properties of our non-woven textile materials, diapers, and wipes. The thermal properties of these materials were previously unknown. Patrick and his colleagues at C-Therm are quick to answer our questions and provide helpful resources. I would definitely recommend C-Therm thermal conductivity instruments to those looking to know the thermal properties for their materials.
Lead Material Scientist
The traditional method of thermal conductivity testing for textiles is mainly by a Sweating Guarded Hotplate. Using this method, the thermal conductivity of the fabric is greatly affected by temperature and humidity in the testing process. Error of test results is large, the process takes a long time, and required sample size is large, which also leads to a lot of waste of samples. Therefore, how to quickly and effectively test the thermal conductivity of fabrics was an urgent problem to be solved. After the purchase, the thermal conductivity measurement of our fabrics and other samples has been accelerated, and multiple sets of measurements can be conducted to ensure the accuracy and stability of test data. At the same time, the thermal properties of samples with low thermal conductivity can now be determined.
Prof. Yaning Sun,
College of Textiles & Clothing
I would recommend it to other groups since it is quick and easy to use. The software is very well organized and I think that helps streamline larger projects. C-Therm is always very prompt when responding to any troubleshooting or operating questions I may have. It is nice to know that they are able to help us meet the deadlines we provide for our customers. C-Therm’s customer service has always gone above and beyond to help us through any problems we encounter, which helps us maintain fast turn-arounds for our customers.
For any group interested in measuring the thermal effusivity of materials, I would absolutely recommend C-Therm to them. The machine can be set up to analyze many different types of materials, which makes it a very versatile tool.
GIT Prototype & Technology Manager
Our lab is specialized on heat transfer and antifreeze fluids R&D and analysis. C-Therm thermal conductivity detector we have been using almost three years, during which we have performed more than 900 measurements with dozens of values in each measurement. Detector represents simple and quick laboratory technique and provides satisfactory stable values in short time. In research we value C-Therm as a device enabling deeper understanding of the matter through easy instrumental technique, without troublesome samples pretreatment.
Ing. Marie Kačírková, Ph.D.,
Product Development Specialist
We have been using C-Therm for the last 10 years. During this period of time we have been able to analyse a great variety of materials due to the equipment's versatility: from solids to powders, liquids and pastes. This is a vital feature for us, as a central analysis service for researchers of our own university, other education and research institutions and companies in Spain and abroad.
Dr. Ion Such Basáñez,
Thermal Analysis and Porous Texture Characterization Unit
The C-Therm MTPS Sensor is working very well and definitely has lots of use for product development, it allows us to test materials (i.e. food) that we have not been able to test in the past allowing us to optimize product performance.
Engineer, R&D Lab
As a nanofluid researcher, C-Therm gives me the confidence to measure the thermal conductivities of the particles, the liquid, and the combination of particles and liquid in the nanofluid using the same device. The measurement is fast and reliable with simple preparation.
Anggito P. Tetuko, PhD,
Research Center for Physics
It’s user friendly, easy to use, easy to clean … means very productive and time saving. The MTPS technique supports us on knowing the level of thermal conductivity for the resin systems, a critical value to support thermal conductivity projects.
We purchased the C-Therm Thermal Conductivity Analyzer after seeing a demonstration of how fast and easy it is to operate. The instrument provides unequivocal results and provides the flexibility to test powders and liquids. In terms of our satisfaction with the purchase, I’d give it a 10 out of 10 - extremely satisfied.”
Dr. Enrique Jackson,
NASA (Sector: Aerospace)
The C-Therm TCi has been a key piece of testing equipment at Haydale, providing fast and accurate thermal conductivity measurements for our product development of nanocomposites. Having this capability has allowed a better understanding of the dispersion of nanomaterials in polymer matrices through thermal mapping sample surfaces. The support and customer service from C-Therm has been excellent over the years, we look forward to dealing with them again in the near future.”
Haydale Composites Solutions Ltd. (Sector: Nanocomposites)
The TCi is housed in our Golden facility and does most of the heavy lifting for our LHS® industrial product development and production QC for standard thermal conductivity measurements. The machine has been working fine.”
Chief Technology Officer, Outlast Technologies (Sector: Phase Change Materials)
We use TCi extensively for our product development and to analyze products available on the market. TCi provides fast and accurate results. We are very confident in this instrument.”
3M Taiwan (Sector: Textiles)
The main benefit of the TCi to our testing lab is its ease of use and short test times. It allows us to get accurate results as quickly as possible and with excellent repeatability. Our test times are only a fraction of what they are using steady state methods. Equally important, the service level has exceeded our expectations."
Dr. Ernest Wolff,
We wanted something that was going to measure small volumes and do it in a rapid and easy format and the TCi Thermal Conductivity instrument was perfect for our needs. The thing I like most about the TCi is it is extremely easy to use."
Dr. Steven Oldenburg,
“We have been using C-Therm for the last 6 years to analyze the thermal conductivity of aerogels. The C-Therm MTPS method provides us with fast and accurate results thanks to its user-friendly and advanced technology.”
Thai Ba Quoc (Peter),
Ph.D Candidate, ME
The technology has allowed us to provide accurate quality assurance for our products that wasn’t previously attainable by any other methods. The instrumentation has been a rapid and consistent means for our company to ensure that every product leaving our facility meets our rigid specifications. It has given us a competitive advantage. In fact, we’ve been awarded contracts partly due to the superiority of the instrumentation over every other means of quality testing."
...outstanding technical support and fundamental understanding of the mathematics and engineering complexities of heat transfer issues has greatly impressed me."
Dr. Keith Kociba,
While other thermal conductivity measurement techniques suffer from slow speed, difficult sample preparation, and/or accuracy limitations due to model inputs, the C-Therm TCi’s strength lies in its elegant approach to a notoriously difficult measurement. The C-Therm TCi has helped us rapidly screen processes for manufacturing thermoelectric materials. C-Therm’s product support is truly world class. Whether supporting existing platforms or extending system capability through advances such as the thin film module, C-Therm stands out as a vendor we have grown to count on."
C-Therm TCi probe is very easy to use, very versatile. I can do my material testing within a couple of minutes. I don't have to spend all day and all the time to adjust thermal conductivity measurement. And time is important to me, to just know the number and move on; and this probe allows me to do the testing whenever I need, as I need, and I can do it quite quickly."
Dr. Pradeep Rai,
Senior Research Scientist
As a contract test lab, we need dependable instrumentation so we can serve our customers. After many years using a different transient method, we now use the C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer and it works great!"
The C-Therm TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer has provided our group a fast, accurate capability to test the thermal conductivity of our polymers with C-Therm’spatented high-precision MTPS sensor. The instrument has become very popular within our group for its quick easy reliable measurement and the support from C-Therm has exceeded our expectations. We recently upgraded the unit with the new robust TLS module for work on polymer melts."
Expert in Thermodynamics
We purchased C-Therm's TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer originally to characterize the thermal conductivity of metal hydrides. We liked that it could operate in a wide range of environments and test different materials. It provides accurate, unambiguous thermal conductivity results. What I've really come to appreciate about it is how easy it is to operate. Our students can train on it for 30 mins and be proficient in being left on their own in running their samples. We have many visiting scholars that used C-Therm's TCi for many types of samples. This equipment is really versatile."
Dr. Jacques Huot,
My C-Therm TCi is working well and it has been used to generate valuable data. The instrument is a great addition to our lab's testing capabilities."
Seaforth Geosurveys turned to the C-Therm TCi for effective thermal conductivity characterization in our exploration vessel’s on-board lab. The portability and ease of use of the instrument allowed our technicians to rapidly measure thermal conductivity of our geological core samples accurately and consistently in a 24-7 operation. As a Nova Scotia based company working worldwide, we were pleased to have a local, made in Atlantic Canada solution for our project requirements. We would recommend the TCi for any research or screening with a focus on geological and/or in-situ applications, and we will continue to utilize it on new exploration missions.”
The device is working perfectly."
Dr. Christian Heyde,
Sport Science Manager
Our lab purchased C-Therm's TCi in 2016. The instrument is very easy to operate and the software is very easy to learn. After a long period of experimental data comparison, we find the test data from the TCi is very accurate, which has greatly helped our experiment. And the company's after-sales service is very satisfying too. If we experience any problem, we can receive reply and have it solved right away.”
Dr. Zhenfeng Sun,
We offer ASTM D7984 testing with TCi in our lab. We were impressed with the service and support provided by C-Therm.”
Manager - Softline Testing
Our centre purchased a C-Therm TCi in 2018 for thermal conductivity testing of experimental materials such as nanofluids, refrigerants, fruits and vegetables. The instrument is easy to learn and requires only less than 20 minutes of training for students to be proficient in operation. Testing results of several experiments were compared with the literature, and the instrument shows a very high accuracy. In addition, the design of the TCi sensor and the controller, separable and connected by a data line, is very helpful for our experiment, which makes it convenient for us to carry out tests in different temperature and humidity environment."
The TCkit from C-therm is simple-to-use and set up yet sophisticated in thermal analysis of wide variety of materials such as low 'k' metals, rocks and almost all ceramics. This instrument is beautifully constructed that caters from enthusiastic students to learning and understanding the thermo-physical measurement of materials in the laboratory, to mature scientists wishing to characterize their novel materials. The Kapton coated double spiral Ni sensor is robust yet flexible to ensure efficient contact between the surfaces. The short measurement time enables multiple measurements within minutes and accurate values of thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity can be obtained. Overall, great experience. Thank you C-therm!"
Pratish R. Rao,
Graduate Studies Supervisor
We use the TCi Thermal Conductivity Analyzer to test various materials. In comparison, the instrument is easy to operate and the test speed is fast. Many students can operate independently and save a lot of time. C-Therm also provides very good support services. If we have any question, we can always get a quick response. We enjoy the cooperation very much!”
Using the Trident system for thermal conductivity testing of our process safety studies and related contract testing has provided our lab with invaluable new capabilities, with great support from the team at C-Therm.
After all aspects of comparison, we finally chose C-Therm's thermal conductivity analyzer. The instrument is flexible for research and testing of a wide range of materials. It is easy to operate and easy to learn, and can be used independently by both professors and students. The test data is accurate and has greatly helped our research projects.
It is now more than four years that we are using the C-Therm Thermal Conductivity Meter. The instrument plays an important role during the characterizations of the polymer and graphene composites, both, for R&D projects and Quality Control purposes. Practically a maintenance free instrument, it is accurate and easy to use in the same time.
The C-Therm MTPS and TLS sensors have provided us a fast, easy way to characterize the thermal conductivity of our different geological samples.
Chair of Hydrogeology – Geothermal Energy Group
What we appreciate the most was how very knowledgeable and helpful the people at C-Therm have been throughout the setup and learning process. They have designed this high quality, powerful and complex instrument so that it is easy to use and incorporate into our thermal testing capabilities.
Heidi Stojanovic ,
We bought the C-Therm TCi in 2015 because we were looking for a fast, easy to use, and highly accurate instrument to measure the decrease/increase in thermal performance for our polymeric materials. The TCi has been extremely valuable for characterizing the existing polymeric samples, but also Hydrogels which are a new research interest for our lab. We appreciate not only having a fast and accurate instrument, but since beginning to research hydrogel materials its been great having access to a single instrument that allows us to characterize any sample that we may be working on at a given time. Over all, we have been very impressed with our instrument.
Dr. Jiahua Zhu,
10 out of 10 – works great!
Kwang J. Kim, Ph.D.,
Distinguished Professor, ASME Fellow, NAI Fellow
TCi is a very important evaluation methodology in our house, in order to consider the design of polymer to improve the thermal conductivity. It exceeds my expectations.
Chemical Engineer, Manager
The thermal conductivity measuring device TC kit is easy to operate. A new user would not face difficulty in using it. The kit can also provide test results within minutes. The Ni sensor is flexible to use. Moreover, it is suitable for testing cement-based composites and geopolymer which is very important for our research group. As a whole, TC kit is a useful device to investigate the thermal behaviour of solid material. This equipment is a great addition to our research lab and will allow us to open a new area of research.
Khandaker M. Anwar Hossain, PhD, PEng,
We have been using C-Therm MTPS sensor since 2014 for various materials including polymers in solar applications. The results are convincingly consistent and we also undertake measurements at wide range of temperatures. The ease-of-use and consistency are hallmarks of the system. The support by both C-Therm and LCGC has been pretty decent.
K. Sreenivas Reddy,