Available DSC Test Templates


You can either select one of the preprogrammed test templates or select "Custom" to create your own procedure using the Method Editor. The list of test templates is based on frequently used experimental methods.

Click here to select a test template category:

Conventional DSC Experiments

You have chosen to perform a conventional DSC experiment. Now you need to select which type of experiment to perform from those listed.

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Modulated DSC® Experiments

In MDSC a complex heating profile (temperature regime) is applied to the sample.  Specifically, a sinusoidal modulation (oscillation) is overlaid on the conventional linear heating or cooling ramp to yield a profile in which the average sample temperature continuously changes with time but not in a linear fashion.  The net effect of imposing this more complex heating profile on the sample is the same as if two experiments were run simultaneously on the material—one experiment at the traditional linear (average) heating rate and one at a sinusoidal (instantaneous) heating rate.  The general equation that describes the resultant heat flow at any point in a DSC or MDSC experiment is:

dQ/dt = Cpb + f(T,t)


 dQ/dt = total heat flow

Cp = heat capacity

b   = heating rate

f(T,t) = heat flow from kinetic (absolute temperature and time-dependent) processes

As can be seen from the equation, the total heat flow (dQ/dt), which is the only heat flow measured by conventional DSC, is composed of two components.  One component is a function of the sample's heat capacity and rate of temperature change, and the other is a function of absolute temperature and time.  These components are generally referred to as the "reversing" and "nonreversing" heat flows respectively.

The actual complex temperature/time profile in MDSC depends on three variables—underlying heating/cooling rate, modulation period, and modulation temperature amplitude. You will need to select the type of MDSC experiment to perform as seen in the list below.

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Calibration DSC Experiments

Calibration of the DSC instrument can be accomplished either by using the Calibration Wizard or manually using the available templates listed below.

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