1 Instrument, 3 Methods for Thermal Conductivity

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Conforms to ASTM D7984, D5334, D5930, ISO 22007-2, and GB/T 32064.


Trident Thermal Conductivity Platform

Trident unleashes the power of three different transient methods with the ultimate toolbox for thermal conductivity measurement. MTPS, TPS and TLS all in one modular package. Choose the right tool for your samples. Choice is good.

The Trident platform allows for thermal conductivity testing of a wide range of solids, liquids, powders and pastes.

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    Platform Technology With Broad Application

    As a solution provider, C-Therm collaborates with researchers and corporations in numerous sectors to address specific challenges. The chart below offers a perspective on the breadth of applications, materials and roles C-Therm’s innovative technology can address.


    TIMs Heat Transfer Fluids Geological
    Textiles Automotive Oil & Gas Metals
    Nanomaterials Insulation Explosives

    Phase Change Materials


    Organizations Using Our Patented Technology

    • NASA
    • US NAVY
    • AVERY
    • 3M
    • INSA
    • NRC

    Easily Test Solids, Liquids, Powders, and Pastes


    Conductive Polymers

    C-Therm has provided a breakthrough in the characterization of critical performance attributes of conductive polymers used in electronics and automotive industries. The main advantage the technique offers is the flexibility to test a wide range of sample geometries. As an example, clients at a large polymer producer use the test samples from their tensile testing regimen to also test the in-plane and through-plane thermal conductivity with the C-Therm MTPS sensor. There is no longer the need to destructively machine or form specific sample sizes/dimensions to test thermal conductivity.


    From Explosives to Ink Toners

    The C-Therm MTPS sensor is being used to safely test the stability, degradation, and shelf life of explosives because it is the only instrument engineered for evaluating the thermal conductivity of powders safely. Sample volumes are as small as 1.25 ml. This is also critical to a rapidly growing client base in metal hydrides, where materials are expensive and available in low quantities. The technology is also migratable to manufacturing environments as a cost-effective way to monitor powder processes for moisture and homogeneity.


    Keeping the Hottest Electronics Cool

    The faster and smaller microprocessors become, the more heat they generate. C-Therm’s Trident is providing vital insights into the development of all materials that contribute to the overall thermal budget, including thermal interface materials such as thermal grease and gap pads. These materials are typically compressible and the thermal conductivity varies with changes in the densification of the material. Clients use the C-Therm Compression Test Accessory (CTA) to precisely control the compaction of the sample in producing results reflective of the actual application conditions for the material.


    Under Pressure

    The C-Therm Trident thermal conductivity platform is helping manufacturers improve the heat transfer properties of liquids. C-Therm is unique in offering the capability to accurately measure the thermal conductivity of liquids; the short test time (<1 second) and small sample volume requirements negate the convective errors typical in liquid testing with traditional techniques. As an example, clients in the Oil & Gas field use C-Therm’s High Pressure Cell (HPC) accessory in measuring the impact of elevated atmospheric conditions and temperature on the thermal conductivity of fluids.

    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

      "We purchased the C-Therm MTPS sensor 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

    • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

      "We purchased C-Therm's MTPS sensor 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 for many types of samples. This equipment is really versatile."

      Dr. Jacques Huot

    • Covestro

      "C-Therm has provided our group a fast, accurate capability to test the thermal conductivity of our polymers with C-Therm’s patented 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."

      Jose Fonseca

    • Easton Cooper Power Systems

      "My C-Therm instrument is working well and it has been used to generate valuable data. The instrument is a great addition to our lab's testing capabilities."

      Richard Baumann

    Proven And Trusted Technology


    For over a decade, C-Therm’s innovative sensor technology has been pioneering the way for many of the world’s most prominent manufacturers, research facilities, and academic institutions to test and measure thermal properties of materials.

    The technology behind the C-Therm Trident Platform represents a paradigm shift in thermal conductivity measurement and earned the inventor behind the technology the Manning Innovation Principle Award and an R&D 100 Award. These coveted awards are given to the top global innovators, and place C-Therm in the distinguished company of such other winners as the developers of the ATM, Polaroid™ and anti-lock brakes. Since its launch, C-Therm’s unique technology has evolved to new levels of accuracy, speed, and flexibility. Today, it is being used around the globe for R&D, quality control, and on-line production monitoring in a wide range of industries.


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