Thermoelectric Calorimeters

Thermoelectric Calorimeters

Thermo Calorimeter

Dual Cup Micro Calorimeter

Temperature compensated chambers for measuring the heats of reation of materials, heats of fusion, combustion, radio-nuclide decay, endo-exothermic heat releases, and biological thermogenesis.  Heat releases to 0.1×10-6 Watts can be determined at temperatures from cryogenics to 600oC



Radioisotope Microcalorimeter Specs

CR-100 7” Thermoelectric Enclosure

The series CR-100 Microcalorimeters provide an accurate measurement of radioisotope heat release rates.


The thermal gradient calorimeter transfers all the heat developed in a reaction to its surrounding heat sink at a constant temperature.  The calorimeter walls thermoelectrically transduce sample  heat release into an electrical signal which is directly proportional to the energy  release of the source. Transient as well as steady state energy releases may be measured.


  • Whole body heat release measurements
  • Microwatt to kilowatt sample output
  • High sensitivities and repeatability
  • Linear output
  • Transient and steady state response
  • Wide temperature range
  • Simple “In-situ” recalibration
  • No excitation required


Sample chamber volume range……….1 in3 to any required volume
Sensitivities……….To 5 milliwatts per millivolt
Temperature range……….Cryogenic to 600 F
Response Time……….10 sec. to 10 min
Vacuum……….to 10-6 torr.
Output impedance……….10 Ohm to 7500 Ohm
Accuracies……….To 0.5%
Power Supply……….Not required
Materials……….Aluminum, stainless steels, copper, composites


The calorimeter walls are composed of a thin high temperature thermopile structure containing thousands of junctions. One set of junctions is in thermal contact with one wall surface, and the other set is in contact with the opposite surface. As heat flows through the walls (Fig. 1) a temperature difference is established between both sets of thermopile junctions, thus generating a voltage, which is directly proportional to the heat flow. The large number of thermopiles develop extreme sensitivity to minute heat flows.

Calorimeters are constructed in a range of designs incorporating large sample chambers for high heat fluxes (cover) or small sample chambers capable of measuring low heat releases (Fig. 2).


Each calorimeter is calibrated at a base temperature of 70°F by a known, electrical heat source in thermal equilibrium with the system.

The calibration constant is expressed in terms of wattage input versus millivolt output. A temperature correction curve is also supplied for use at elevated temperatures.


The CR-100 Series calorimeters are designed to measure both microcaloric and megaocaloric heat release from pure or mixed radioisotopes. The magnitude of the generated signal is linearily proportional to the mean intensities of the sample.

Other applications include: physical, chemical and biological thermogenesis, specific heats, heats of fusion and reaction.


To measure microwatt heat flow accurately, it is necessary to provide a stable, cooling environment. However, most constant temperature cooling baths exhibit small fluctuations, which may generate signals the same order of magnitude as those produced by the sample. To avoid this large noise to signal ratio, a temperature compensated enclosure has been developed (Fig. 4). This double cup system contains both an active and passive chamber having matched sensitivities in opposition. Thus, spurious, external temperature fluctuations are compensated for, and only the heat release from the sample source is detected.


Sample chamber series……….1″ – 8″ Dia. x 1″ – 72”
Sensitivity……….to 5 milliwats per millivolt
Materials……….Aluminum, composites, Semi-conductor elements
Calibration……….1% Acc.
Sample chamber matching……….Within ½%
Internal resistance……….10 to 7500 Ohm
Readout required………. Millivolt potentiometer/Recorder
Environmental requirements……….Ambient temperature operation/Constant temperature bath



Model No Internal Dimensions External Dimensions Accuracy
Sensitivity, Milliwatts per Millivolt Nominal Output Resistane Temperature F° 63% Response Time, Min.
Diameter, In. Depth, In. Diameters, In. Length, In.
CA-100-1 1 1 3 3 1% 15 4 250 1
CA-100-2 2 4 4 6 1% 15 10 250 1
CA-100-4 4 8 5 12 1% 250 2000 600 3
CA-100-8 8 16, 32 9 21 1% 250 4000 600 3
CA-100-C Custom Custom Custom Custom 1% 250 Varies 600 Varies

Models CR-100-1 and CR-100-2 are also available for 600 F operating temperature at reduced sensitivities.


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