The Italian Society for Thermophysical Properties (AIPT) was founded in 1990 with the aim to bring together in Italy all the people, mainly working in academia and in public and private research centers, concerned with measurements, modeling, application and usage of the main thermophysical properties.

All the characteristics of materials depending on temperature are considered thermophysical properties, including temperature measurements. The classical properties are thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, heat capacity, enthalpy, thermal expansion, electrical resistivity, melting and freezing points, viscosity and all the thermal radiation properties (emissivity, reflectivity, transmissivity and absorptivity). In relation to the different experimental techniques, various temperature ranges are generally considered, like the cryogenic, intermediate and high temperature ranges. Thermophysical properties may be studied from an experimental point of view (precision measurements, development of new experimental techniques, characterization of materials), from a theoretical point of view (physical and process modeling) and from an application point of view (practical values for industrial processes).

The promoter and first President of AIPT was Prof. Giuseppe Ruffino from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. After his death in 1993, AIPT started public activities in 1994 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Francesco Righini from the CNR Istituto di Metrologia "G. Colonnetti" (IMGC, Torino). From that year an annual meeting was held, devoted in part to the practical aspects of the Society activities and in part to a scientific event. The scientific part of the annual meeting involves both scientific presentations (15-20 minutes) and short status reports (5-10 minutes), in which participants relate on their recent activities reporting both problems and results of their work. The possibility to meet and the resulting personal contacts and exchange of experiences, even if limited to the national context, has been quite useful for all the involved scientists. AIPT was one of the organizers of the international conference TEMPMEKO'96, that was held at the Politecnico of Torino and included more than 170 participants from 34 countries. From 1999, when the Chairmanship was taken over by Prof. Giuseppe Ruscica from the Politecnico of Torino, the Proceedings of the yearly AIPT Meeting started to be published. Authors have the possibility to publish their work by providing a written text of their scientific presentation. At the international level AIPT maintains relations with similar initiatives in other countries. The AIPT activities were presented at the meeting of the Thermophysical Properties Awareness Club (Teddington, United Kingdom) in March 1995 and at the Special Session on "Coordination of Thermophysics in Europe" during the European Conference on Thermophysical Properties (London, September 2002).


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