Thermal Analysis and Thermodynamic Properties of Solids

Thermal Analysis and Thermodynamic Properties of Solids

A Generalized Approach to Thermal Analysis

2nd Edition - August 9, 2021

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  • Author: Jaroslav Sestak
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855372
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858113

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Thermal Analysis and Thermodynamic Properties of Solids, Second Edition covers foundational principles and recent updates in the field, presenting an authoritative overview of theoretical knowledge and practical applications across several fields. Since the first edition of this book was published, large developments have occurred in the theoretical understanding of—and subsequent ability to assess and apply—principles of thermal analysis. Drawing on the knowledge of its expert author, this second edition provides fascinating insight for both new and experienced students, researchers, and industry professionals whose work is influenced or impacted by thermo analysis principles and tools. Part 1 provides a detailed introduction and guide to theoretical aspects of thermal analysis and the related impact of thermodynamics. Key terminology and concepts, the fundamentals of thermophysical examinations, thermostatics, equilibrium background, thermotics, reaction kinetics and models, thermokinetics and the exploitation of fractals are all discussed. Part 2 then goes on to discuss practical applications of this theoretical information to topics such as crystallization kinetics and glass states, thermodynamics in superconductor models, and climate change.

Key Features

  • Includes fully updated as well as new chapters on kinetic phase diagrams, thermokinetics in DTA experiments, and crystallization kinetics
  • Discusses the influence of key derivatives such as thermostatics, thermodynamics, thermotics, and thermokinetics
  • Helps readers understand and describe reaction kinetics in solids, both in terms of simplified descriptions of the reaction mechanism models and averaged descriptions using fractals


Intended for a wide range of readers including students, postgraduates and researchers in physical chemistry, materials chemistry, physics, materials science and chemical engineering, and researchers and other users and developers of thermo analysis instruments. All those whose work is impacted and enhanced by thermo analysis

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Introduction and Fundamentals
    1. Thermophysical examinations, experimental set-ups, sample and temperature control
    2. Understanding of temperature, heat, gradients and related thermodynamics
    3. Phenomenological approach to the caloric theory of heat: An alternative thermodynamics
    4. Thermostatics as textbook thermodynamics
    5. Equilibrium background and its importance for temperature and particle size
    6. Thermodynamics: Processes dynamics under constant heating
    7. Thermotics: Theoretical thermal analysis, thermometry and calorimetry
    8. Rationality of creating kinetic models: how to mold a reaction path in solid-state
    9. Facilitated reaction kinetics by thermal analysis
    10. Thermokinetics in DTA experiments
    11. Physical thermokinetics of reversible thermal decomposition by thermogravimetry
    12. Exploiting fractals, tackle thermal processes and truer non-isothermal kinetics

    Part 2: Practical applications
    13. Constrained states of glasses, exploitation of transition temperatures, glass -forming coefficients and concepts of fragility
    14. Explanation of crystallization kinetics of both glasses during heating and melts on cooling while indicating the incorrectness of Kissinger method
    15. Kinetic phase diagrams as an enforced consequence of rapid changing temperature or diminishing particle size
    16. Thermodynamic description of mobile components behavior in non-stoichiometric partially open ceramic systems and superconductor model
    17. Thermodynamics of periodic processes, dendrite self-similarity, self-organization and stimulated quantum diffusion
    18. Non-bridging oxygen in silica bio-compatible ceramics, poly-sialates and geo-polymers
    19. Thermodynamics and social behavior, econophysics and ecosystems applied in relation of laws against feelings
    20. Thermal analysis scheme aimed at better understanding of the Earth’s climate changes due to the alternating irradiation

    1. Thermophysical Properties 
    2. Glossary of terms, definitions and symbols

Product details

  • No. of pages: 644
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 9, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855372
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858113

About the Author

Jaroslav Sestak

Professor Šesták is a multi-award-winning scientist, educator and photographer. After completing his Ph.D. in 1968, we went on to hold the titles of D.Sc Material Science and Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Pardubice, Full Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, and was awarded Dr.h.c. for his life achievements in solid-state chemistry and physics by Pardubice University in 2010. He has worked around the world, including positions at the Institute of Physics (Czech Republic), Nuclear Centre in Studsvik, (Sweden), University of Missouri at Rola (USA), Kyoto University (Japan), Taiwan National University in Taipei (Taiwan), Charles University in Prague, University of West Bohemia in Pilzen, and University of New York in Prague (Czech Republic). In addition to publishing nearly 300 papers, Professor Šesták has authored, co-authored or edited 17 books with top scientific publishers, given around 250 plenary and invited lectures, and been featured in every edition of ‘Who’s Who in the World’ since 2000.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences, Praha, Czech Republic

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