Detection of Ultra-Small Residual Masses: Weigh The Little Bird!

Thermogravimetry (TGA) is frequently applied for the compositional analyses of such materials as, for example, fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The residual mass at the end of a TGA experiment reflects the filler or glass fiber content as well as the presence of impurities. By using a relatively large sample volume in a top-performing thermobalance along with the intelligent Proteus® software by NETZSCH, it is possible to detect ultra-small residual masses with concentrations down to the ppm (= 10-6) range! Such small concentrations can be illustrated by a little bird with a mass of a few grams sitting on the back of an elephant weighing a few tons.

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