Calvet-type calorimeter’s design features a crown of detectors that surround the sample in a 3D arrangement so that even the smallest interactions can be measured and larger heterogeneous samples can also be assessed. The instrument can meet almost any application, from volume of 270 µl to over 20 L, for applications from the non-destructive assay of nuclear materials (Plutonium and tritium) to drug expedient analysis and CO2 sequestration, and from temperatures of -196 to 1600°C. The Calvet detector is a flexible, powerful calorimetric solution to the thermal understanding of a process under real life, and even highly challenging conditions.
The instrument was prepared and cleared for launch in June 2010 for a series of experiments on the International Space Station as part of the FASES (Fundamental and Applied Studies of Emulsion Stability) program. The FASES program will use micro-gravity to study emulsion stabilities, and as well therefore the demands of putting a calorimeter in space are significant. For the FASES program, Setaram says it developed a solution based upon its existing MicroDSC3, which features a temperature range of -20 to 120°C and sample vessels up to 1cm3.