Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

Brand : NETZSCH
Model : DSC 214 Polyma

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is a thermoanalytical technique in which the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference is measured as a function of temperature. The basic principle underlying this technique is that when the sample undergoes a physical transformation such as phase transitions, more or less heat will need to flow to it than the reference to maintain both at the same temperature. Whether less or more heat must flow to the sample depends on whether the process is exothermic or endothermic. For example, as a solid sample melts to a liquid, it will require more heat flowing to the sample to increase its temperature at the same rate as the reference. This is due to the absorption of heat by the sample as it undergoes the endothermic phase transition from solid to liquid. Likewise, as the sample undergoes exothermic processes (such as crystallization) less heat is required to raise the sample temperature. By observing the difference in heat flow between the sample and reference, differential scanning calorimeters are able to measure the amount of heat absorbed or released during such transitions. DSC may also be used to observe more subtle physical changes, such as glass transitions.

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Applications
DSC analysis is used for numerous applications in a wide range of industries. Examples include glass transition determination and the investigation of chemical reactions, melting and crystallization behavior.

Other DSC applications deal with the influence of additives, fillers or the processing of materials. The characteristic shape of the individual DSC curves is used for quality control.
Sample Requirements
  • Powder
  • Solid
  • Liquid
  • Additional information

    Name

    NURUL NASUHA MANSOR
    Bsc. (USM) Applied Sciences (Medical Physics)

    Email

    suha@ukm.edu.my

    No. Tel

    03-8911 8281