Mass change

The mass is a fundamental physical quantity for determining a quantity of substance. In the context of this size, the properties inertia and severity are defined. Inertia means that an external force is required to change the direction or speed of movement of a body. Gravity is the result of mass attraction of bodies (gravitation). The unit of measurement of the mass is kilogram [kg].

The determination of the mass is carried out by weighing. A balance is used to determine the weight of a substance that results from the weight and is proportional to the mass. The unit of measure of weight is Newton [N]. In common usage, this relationship is often neglected and the term weight is used as meaning mass.


The mass change in the thermal analysis

Thermogravimetric analysis determines the mass change of a sample or material during heating or cooling. The result is also referred to a mass change or weight change and is usually given in micrograms [μg]. The determination of the mass change is carried out with a thermobalance.

The thermobalance consists of the oven with precise temperature control, the very accurate electrical balance, supply lines for required gases and evaluation units for the measured value processing.

Linseis thermal analysis instruments allow simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) to simultaneously determine mass changes and release or consumption of heat during the controlled temperature history. The mass change is due to evaporation, sublimation or chemical reactions. Heat is released or consumed in chemical reactions and phase transformations.

The values ​​determined are an important basis for the development of specific materials in the automotive industry, for the investigation of food as well as for product development and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Applications with mass change

Application: Talc

Linseis application curve - talc using STA

Introduction and Application: Talc (Mg3(OH)2[Si2O5]2) is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It is used for the production of steatite bodies used as isolators with high resistance and a low dielectrical loss factor. The impurities (chlorite, carbonates) can be detected with combined TG and DTA signal.

Analysis using STA: The dehydroxilation of chlorite appears at 608°C and 848°C as endothermal DTA signals. At 786°C evolve CO2, the carbonate decomposes to its oxide. The endothermal peak at 937°C is the dehydroxilation of talc. The quantitative measurement of the impurity can be evaluated from the TG signal.

Application: Calciumoxalate standard

Linseis application curve - Measurement of a Calciumoxalate standard

The picture shows the measurement of a Calciumoxalate standard. There are three mass loss steps, where the first one is the removal of H2O, the second one is the loss of CO, which is immediately oxidized to CO2 in air atmosphere (this is why the second peak is exotherm instead of endotherm like the others.) The third step is the loss of CO2. The resulting Calciumoxide (CaO) is reacting afterwards with the water from the first step, that is still in the reaction chamber if the atmosphere is static. It shows the formation of Calciumhydroxide (Ca(OH)2) that is formed at around 580°C. This last step is hard to see on a standard STA or TG because of the slow cooling rates. But in this case, a whole measurement cycle can be done within just 20 minutes. In this example the heating and cooling rate was 2K/s, but you can easily go up to 100K/s.

Measuring instruments for determining the mass change


  • Gravimetric Sorption Analyzer(GSA)
  • Market leading precision, accuracy and repeatability
  • From vacuum up to 10 bar
  • -150 up to 1000°C and RT up to 1000/1750°C

GSA PT 100

GSA PT 100
  • High temperature and high pressure Gravimetric Sorption Analyzer (GSA)
  • Unique Magnetic Levitation Balance, seperating balance and reactor
  • Selection of different gas and vapor dosing systems
  • Temperature range: -196 up to 2400°C
  • From vacuum up to 150 bar

GSA PT 1000

  • Worlds only Gravimetric Sorption Anaylzer (GSA) including a DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)
  • Combined Gravimetric and Calorimetric Signal
  • Selection of Vapor and Gas Dosing Accessories
  • Temperature range: RT up to 1100/1550/1800°C
  • From Vacuum up to 150 bar

STA PT 1000

  • (TGA) Thermo-gravimetry and (DSC) Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • True top loading TG-DSC heat flux sensors
  • Numerous user excheangable TG, TG-DSC and TG-DTA sensors for any kind of application
  • Temperature range: RT up to 1000°C

STA PT 1600

  • (TGA) Thermogravimety and (DSC) Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • True top loading TG-DSC heat flux sensors
  • Numerous user excheangable TG, TG-DSC and TG-DTA sensors for any kind of application
  • Modular design: sample robot, turntable for up to two furnaces, vacuum tight design, different gas dosing systems, high pressure (up to 5 bar) option, vapor dosing system etc.
  • Temperature range: -150 up to 1600/1750/2000/2400°C


  • Magnetic Levitation Balance (MSB)
  • Separation of balance and reactor for most demanding applications
  • -196 up to 2400°C
  • From Vacuum to 150 bar
  • For corrosive and toxic gases

STA HP High Pressure

  • Worlds only pressure TG-DSC (STA)
  • Combined (TGA) Thermogravimetry – (DSC) Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • Different Gas and Vapor Dosing accessories
  • RT up to 1000/1400/ 1600/ 1800°C
  • From Vacuum up to 150 bar


  • Modular Simultaneous Thermal Analyzer (STA) for special custom applications
  • Combined Thermogravimetry (TGA) – Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Temperature range: -150 up to 1000°C and RT up to 1600/ 1750/ 2000/ 2400°C

TGA PT 1000

  • Toploading low drift Thermobalance (TGA) 
  • High speed microfurnace for very fast heating and cooling
  • Many acessories such as: gas dosing systems, sample robot, MS/FTIR coupling etc.
  • Temperature range RT up to 1100°C

TGA PT 1600

  • Modular top loading high temperature Thermobalance (TGA)
  • Numerous options and upgrades: sample robot, gas dosing system, vacuum, many different sample holders and crucibles for different applications
  • Temperature range: -150 up to 1000/ 1400/ 1600/ 1750/ 2000/ 2400°C


  • Magnetic levitation balance(MSB)
  • separation of reactor and balance
  • allows most challenging applications under sever temperature/gas conditions
  • Temperature range: -196 up to 2400°C
  • from 10E-5mbar to 150 bar