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Table 1

Application overview of Thermal Analysis methods in coatings assessment.

Application range DSC TGA TMA DMA
Specific Heat capacity +++      
Thermal stability/decomposition, delamination + +++ +  
Oxidation stability +++ +    
Glass transition temperature +++   +++ +
Polymorphism +++      
Reaction enthalpy and kinetics +++      
Melting and crystallization +++      
Viscoelastic behavior, elastic modulus     + +++
Softening temperature     +++  
Expansion, CTE, concentration     +++  
Curing behavior of polymers +++   + +
Solid-Solid transitions +++      
Phase composition/phase diagrams + +++   +
Purity/thermal analysis of chemicals +++      

Notes: +++ recommended methods; + alternative methods.

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