Polymer testing is an extremely important part of plastic product development. Additives, contaminants, and a wide range of environments can all drastically affect the performance of a polymer-based product. Understanding how and why your polymer product will be affected in as many conditions as possible is crucial to ensuring quality and suitability for the product’s intended application.
Differential Scanning Calorimetry Blog Posts
What is the Difference Between DSC and DTA?
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) are both types of thermal analysis that compare heat information between a sample and a reference material. However, the similarities don’t stop there — both tests can provide information about glass transitions, melting points, sample purity, and crystallization. So what’s the difference, and when might you […]
DSC Technique Applications in Polymer Testing
Differential scanning calorimetry, and specifically modulated-temperature differential scanning calorimetry, is one of the most useful and commonly-applied forms of material testing applied to polymers across industries. Let us explore what it is, how it works, and what it can do for you.
10 Common Questions About DSC Testing
Do you have questions about a polymer product? Perhaps you suspect that epoxy failure may be the root of poor performance? Maybe you’d like to reverse engineer a product and need help identifying an unknown polymer? Or it could be you received a shipment of parts from a new supplier, and you want to ensure it meets specifications?
You’ve heard that Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is a popular analytical technique for polymers. But how do you know if DCS testing is the right choice for your next project? Read on for answers to the most frequently asked DSC questions.
What Is Differential Scanning Calorimetry?
What’s the right temperature for your factory floor and long-term storage to maximize the lifespan of your plastic products? How will changing the filler ingredient in your polymer product affect its performance? How will heat impact the effectiveness of your latest pharmaceutical offering? These are all questions that can be explored with a laboratory technique called Differential Scanning Calorimetry, or DSC. Here’s what you need to know.
What a DSC Analysis of a Polymer Can Discover
Do you have polymer problems? If so, it might be time to turn up the heat. Literally.
Polymers are especially susceptible to swings in temperature. When they get hot, some are liable to melt. Too cold, and other polymers may shatter. Knowing the optimal temperature for plastics manufacturing can ensure the strongest, most durable products.
Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to Identify Source of Epoxy Failures
Flexibility can be an asset — but not for a substrate used in the manufacture of an extremely sensitive electromechanical (EM) device. Typically used in industrial machinery, medical devices, and consumer products, EM devices include mechanical and electrical components. Due to the critical nature of these devices, they usually require a high degree of structural […]
What is Chemical Analysis?
Chemical analysis can be used to determine a chemical’s identity or the identity of its components, such as understanding why a product gives off a strong smell or locating what an organic contaminant is made of. The type of specimen and need defines which type of instrumentation to use, as well as which type of […]
How Safe Is Your Medicine?
Easter was just a few weeks ago, and if you have any chocolate bunnies left, you may unwrap them only to find their lustrous brown color has turned a dull, flat gray. Not very appealing, but the chocolate is still okay to eat — the gray coating is a result of sugar crystallization, and is […]
Uses For Differential Scanning Calorimetry
Differential scanning calorimetry is a process widely used for both quality testing and research in different industries. DSC is a technique to measure the difference in heat required to increase the temperature of a sample versus a known reference sample. Using this technique, researchers and scientists are able to gather critical data before, during and […]