Starting the DSC Wizard


The DSC Experimental Wizard will guide you through the set up of different types of Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) experiments.


DSC is a thermal analysis technique that measures heat flow into or out of a material as a function of temperature.  Typical phenomena that can be measured include glass transitions, melting points, % crystallinity, heats of fusion and reactions, oxidative stability, rate and degree of cure, and heat capacity.

Types of Experiments

Most DSC experiments (conventional DSC) are performed while heating or cooling the material at a constant rate or while holding the material isothermally.  Additional information about the heat capacity-related (reversing) and kinetic (nonreversing) components of heat flow can be obtained using Modulated DSCŪ (MDSC).  Since Modulated DSCŪ experiments typically take more time than Conventional DSC experiments, the conventional DSC experiment type is recommended when you are evaluating a material for the first time.

Your instrument should be properly calibrated before performing experimental runs. See Calibrating the DSC, DSC Calibration Wizard.

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Heat Flow Selection

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Cooler Selection

Choose the type of cooling device that is to be used with your DSC from the Cooler Selection drop-down list (see Introducing the DSC Cooling Accessories for more information on the coolers).

NOTE:  When using the FACS quench cooler make sure that the Cooler Selection identified is the FACS and not the quench cooler.  If the wrong cooler is identified your results will be inaccurate.

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To Proceed:

Click the  button to start the Wizard. Then select the radio button for the type of experiment desired. For DSC Q2000, Q200, Q1000, and Q100, select the heat flow and cooler that will be used. Click Next to proceed.

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