All of your DSC experiments will have the following general outline. In some cases not all of these steps will be performed.
Calibration/verification of the instrument performance. See Calibrating the DSC.
Attaching and setting up cooling accessories as required. See Introducing the DSC Cooling Accessories.
Selecting the pan type. See Selecting a Sample Pan.
Selecting and preparing a sample. See Preparing DSC Samples.
Loading the sample into the pan and loading that pan into the cell.
Select the instrument mode on the Summary Page.
Entering information through the instrument control software, this includes entering both sample and instrument information on the Summary Page and Notes Page.
Creating or selecting the experimental procedure using the instrument control software. See Specifying a Test Procedure.
Attaching and setting up external accessories as required such as the purge gas. See Recommended Purge Gases and Flow Rates. If you are planning to run subambient experiments, use helium as the purge gas. If you are using the LNCS for rapid cooling above ambient (i.e., isothermal crystallization), then nitrogen may be used as a purge gas.
NOTE: Please make sure that you run your experiments with the same gas that you used to calibrate the system. For example, if you calibrate using nitrogen, make your runs with nitrogen.
Starting the experiment. See Starting a Run and/or Sequence.
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