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DSC is the method of choice to determine thermal quantities, study thermal processes, and characterize or just simply compare materials. Sample preparation is easy and requires only small amounts of material. The technique is ideal for quality control, material development and material research.
DSC can be used to analyze and study polymers such as thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and adhesives, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and chemicals in general. The method yields valuable information relating to processing and application conditions, quality defects, identification, stability, reactivity, chemical safety and the purity of materials.
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is the most frequently used thermal analysis technique alongside TGA, TMA and DMA. DSC is used to measure enthalpy changes due to changes in the physical and chemical properties of a material as a function of temperature or time. The method allows you to identify and characterize materials. Differential scanning calorimetry is fast, very sensitive and easy to use. In this presentation, we will discuss the basic principles of DSC and present some interesting applications.