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The LINSEIS DIL L76 Dilatometer series serves as a primary instrument for measuring the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) in various materials, including ceramics, bricks, tiles, porcelain, and building materials. It is also extensively utilized for quality control applications in both the ceramics and metal industries.

One notable application is in the sintering process, especially in the pre-firing stage of porcelain cups. The dilatometer’s data curve is instrumental in determining the optimal temperatures for specific sintering stages.

The determination of the optimum temperatures for individual sintering stages can be made on the basis of the curve supplied by the dilatometer.

What sets this instrument apart is its long history, having been developed and manufactured by LINSEIS since 1955, making it a highly reliable choice. It covers an expansive temperature range, spanning from room temperature (RT) to 1000°C, 1400°C, and 1600°C, with user-exchangeable furnaces. The measurement systems are constructed from materials such as quartz glass (up to 1100°C) and Al2O3 (up to 1600°C).

The sensor employed is a high-precision LVDT (linear variable differential transformer) with infinite resolution. Combined with the 32-bit LINSEIS WIN-TA / WIN-DIL software package, the Dilatometer offers an exceptional solution for standard quality control CTE measurements.

This versatile instrument enables the measurement of various physical properties, including:

  1. CTE (Coefficient of Thermal Expansion)
  2. Linear Thermal Expansion
  3. Alpha Physical (thermal expansion coefficient)
  4. Sintering Temperature
  5. Phase Transformations
  6. Softening Points
  7. Decomposition Temperatures
  8. Glass Transition Temperatures

The LINSEIS DIL L76 Dilatometer series stands as a reliable and precise tool, serving a wide range of industries and applications by offering insights into material behavior under varying temperature conditions.


Model DIL L76*
Temperature range: RT … 1600°C
Price range: $
Delta L resolution: 0,05 nm
Measuring range: +/- 2500 µm
Contact force:
Optical Encoder:
Delta L resolution: 1 nm
Measuring range: +/- 25000 µm
Automatic sample length detection: yes
Force modulation: no
Contact force: 50 mN up to 3N
Multiple furnace configuration: optional
Motorized furnace operation: optional
Gas dosing: manual gas dosing or mass flow controller 1/3 or more gases
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Contact force adjustment:
Single/double dilatometer:
Softening point detection: included
Density determination: optional
L-DTA: optional
Rate Controlled Sintering (RCS): optional
Thermal library: optional
Electric thermostatization of measuring head: included
Low temperature options: LN2
Vacuum tight design:
Automatic evacuation system:
OGS Oxygen Getter System:

*Specs depend on configurations


Temperature Type Heating element Atmosphere Temperature sensor
RT – 1000°C L75/220 Kanthal inert, oxid., red., vac. Type K
RT – 1400°C L75/230 Kanthal inert, oxid., red., vac. Type S
RT – 1600°C L75/240 SiC inert, oxid., red., vac. Type S

Accessories for DIL

Our offerings encompass a range of sample preparation devices, including:

  1. Vernier Calipers: These can be used for manual input of sample length or integrated for online input.
  2. Gas Boxes: Choose from manual, semi-automatic, and automatic (MFC) options, enabling precise control of up to four different gases.
  3. Rate Controlled Sintering (RCS) Software: Employ this specialized software for accurate control and analysis of sintering processes.
  4. Dilatometer Measuring Systems: Select from a variety of measuring systems to suit your specific needs and applications.

These components and options provide the flexibility and precision required for a wide range of materials testing and analysis.

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All LINSEIS thermo-analytical instruments are efficiently controlled by PC, and their individual software modules are exclusively compatible with Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. The comprehensive software package comprises three essential modules, each serving a distinct purpose: temperature control, data acquisition, and data evaluation. This 32-bit software is thoughtfully designed to incorporate all the essential features needed for the seamless preparation, execution, and evaluation of Dilatometer measurements. Thanks to the expertise of our specialists and application experts, LINSEIS has successfully developed user-friendly application software that’s both comprehensive and easy to understand.


  1. Glass Transition and Softening Point Evaluation: The software includes tools for precise evaluation of glass transition and softening points.
  2. Softening Point Detection: Automatic software-controlled system shutdown for softening point detection.
  3. Shrinkage or Expansion Curves: Display and analysis of relative and absolute shrinkage or expansion curves.
  4. Expansion Coefficient Calculation: Presentation and calculation of technical and physical expansion coefficients.
  5. Rate Controlled Sintering (RCS) Software: Specialized software for the evaluation of sintering processes.
  6. Semiautomatic Evaluation Functions: Streamlined evaluation functions for efficiency and accuracy.
  7. System Correction Features: Incorporates several system correction features to ensure data accuracy.
  8. Automatic Zero Point Adjustment:The software offers automatic zero point adjustment for precise measurements.
  9. Automatic Software-Controlled Sample Pressure Adjustment: This feature ensures precise and controlled sample pressure adjustments.

General Features:

  1. Text Editing Capability: The program supports text editing for customization.
  2. Data Security: Ensures data security in case of power failures, preserving measurement integrity.
  3. Thermocouple Break Protection: Built-in protection against thermocouple breaks, maintaining measurement reliability.
  4. Repetition Measurements: Easily conduct repetition measurements with minimal parameter input.
  5. Current Measurement Evaluation: Ability to evaluate the current measurement, aiding in real-time analysis.
  6. Curve Comparison: Compare up to 32 curves for in-depth analysis.
  7. Storage and Export: Store and export evaluations for convenient data management.
  8. Data Export to MS Excel: Seamless data export to Microsoft Excel for further analysis and reporting.
  9. Multi-Methods Analysis: Support for multi-method analysis, including DSC, TG, TMA, DIL, and more.
  10. Zoom Function: A zoom function to focus on specific aspects of the data.
  11. Derivatives: Calculate first and second derivatives for advanced analysis.
  12. Programmable Gas Control: Programmable gas control for precise environmental control during measurements.
  13. Statistical Evaluation Package: A statistical evaluation package for robust data analysis.
  14. Free Scaling: Flexible scaling options for tailored data representation.

This comprehensive software package empowers users to efficiently control, acquire, and evaluate data from LINSEIS thermo-analytical instruments, ensuring accuracy, flexibility, and ease of use within a Windows-based environment.


Applications example: Glass sample, softening point

The glass sample underwent a measurement using the softening-detection feature. In this scenario, the heating ramp concludes when either the predefined target temperature is achieved or when the sample’s shrinkage reaches a specific threshold. In this particular run, the threshold was set at -100µm, meaning that when the measured change in length falls 100µm below the maximum value of the ongoing heating segment, the heating process halts, and the subsequent cooling segment is initiated. This method provides a straightforward and secure means of detecting the softening point.

External applications

Low Thermal Expansion of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.7Fe0.2Mn0.1O3- cathode Material (published International Journal of ELECTROCHEMICAL SCIENCE)

Dilatometric shrinkage study on magnesium titanate-based ceramic systems (published Journal of Physics: Conference Series)

Study on Thermophysical Properties of medium volume fraction SiCp/Al composites (published IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering)


DIL L76 and 75 Product brochure (PDF)

DIL Special Software Brochure (PDF)

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