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Polymer Additives
Online Course

DSC Practical Interpretation with Examples for Polymer Development

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Jul 13, 2023

Accelerate your Plastics Development by using DSC to its full potential and interpret qualitative & quantitative data to minimize additive interactions, fine-tune processing, avoid premature failure...

Jeffrey Jansen will help you understand:
  • how DSC experiments are run for precise results without using large samples
  • how to troubleshoot when polymeric materials do not perform as expected
  • which materials need to be altered for accurate results

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Jeffrey A. Jansen Presented By:
Jeffrey A. Jansen

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Methodology
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is not limited to characterizing & identifying polymeric materials. From determining best processing temperatures, estimating percent crystallinity, to measuring residual cure and Tg, this analytical tool has a lot to offer.

Make sure to equip yourself with the right interpretation skills and explore the advantages of this technique (material condition, properties…) by joining this course and learn to:

  1. Extract more concrete data (glass transition temperatures, percent crystallinity, oxidative stability, degree of cure...) by learning how to efficiently interpret DSC curves.

  2. Optimize performance of your polymeric materials by seeing in practice how to proceed on real cases (material identification, failure analysis).

  3. Design better development strategy by understanding the key requirements to overcome issues like calibration, sample preparation, contamination…
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.

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Fundamentals of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) in polymer analysis
    • Overview of DSC
    • Understand how DSC experiments are run for polymers
    • How to review & interpret DSC analysis data?

  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. Modulated DSC
    • Standard DSC vs modulated DSC
    • Operating principle
    • Commonly plotted MDSC signals

  4. DSC Test Methods & Thermogram Interpretation
    • Important parameters to consider (sample pan, calibration, purge gas…)
    • Determining the starting point of the data
    • Endothermic vs exothermic
    • Thermogram artifacts

  5. Main Sources of Errors in DSC
    • Pitfalls to avoid for best results

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

  7. 30 mins Q&A - Interact live/ ask questions directly from the expert!

Questions you will be able to answer post taking this course:
  • How melting point can be used to identify plastic materials of different types (PE, PP, PA…)?
  • How DSC can be applied to differentiate between types of nylon?
  • How crystalline melting temperature (Tm) can be used to distinguish homopolymers & copolymers?
  • How can I quickly identify plastics by glass transition temperature?
  • How DSC can detect the presence of contaminants in a material?
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Members Reviews

Great starting point for DSC with nice spread of applications, materials and real world cases.

Shane L. , from HP Inc

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

The explanation of heat of fusion and what it can be used for was very good. Examples on Thermograms were helpful.

Kelly B. , from TOTAL Petrochemicals

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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