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DSC Interpretation Made Easy for Plastics Optimization

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Recorded on Mar 8, 2017

Boost your plastics developments by extending the use of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) beyond routine characterization towards performance optimizations (minimize additive interactions, fine-tune processing, avoid premature failure…).

Jeffrey Jansen will help you interpret better and extract the most out of your DSC curves (plastics’ purity, oxidative stability, molded-in stress, thermal history, degree of cure…) by sharing applied plastic cases & best practices related to test methods and conditions (sample preparation, temperature…).

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Presented By:
Jeffrey Jansen
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

DSC is a very powerful and versatile tool. Insufficient interpretation skills prevent you from taking advantage of the additional information (material condition, properties…) available for efficient optimization of your plastic material and prevention of premature failure. Join this course to:

  1. Optimize your plastic material & go beyond routine characterization by better extracting, interpreting & using DSC data 
  2. Wisely predict performance of your materials by linking it to changes in glass transition temperature, crystallization point, melting point…
  3. Save time optimizing your plastics development by getting an expert insight to overcome calibration, sample preparation, contamination issues...
DSC Interpretation Made Easy for Polymer Developments

Who should view this course?

R&D people who want to efficiently use DSC to either optimize their existing formulations or develop new ones.

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Fundamentals of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
    • DSC Test Methods
    • Thermogram Interpretation

  2. Application of DSC to Polymer Systems:
    • Identification of polymers, polymer blends, polymer additives…
    • Material condition (degradation, purity, oxidative stability, molded-in stress…)
    • Polymer properties (crystallinity, heat history…)

  3. Real Life Cases (Automotive sleeve, Electrical housing, Plastic coupling…)

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Members Reviews

Gave a great idea as to what can be done with the DSC and how to go about it. Understood  OIT information, and how the heat of fusion can be used to interpret mold-in stress.

David L. , from Gendon Polymer Services

Very detailed explanation. Learned why DSC is used and what testing its best suited for.

Kamila Abdur-R. , from Kraton Polymers

Very good explanations for the capabilities of DSC and how to properly interpret the graphs.

Kyle F. , from Imerys

Very clear introduction to DSC - all basics well explained. For people more experienced, probably not enough detail but for SpecialChem class - good quality introduction - class to continue.

Nelly C. , from Eastman Chemical

Very good general overview - well explained. Good insights into the enthalpy curves.

Tamsin W. , from Milliken Europe BVBA

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