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Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

Technique where the heat flow rate difference into a sample and a reference material is measured.


  • International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (ICTAC), Nomenclature of Thermal Analysis, DRAFT 26.07.2004.

A technique in which the change of the difference in the heat flow rate to the sample and to a reference sample is measured while they are subjected to a temperature regime.

Note that in many process safety laboratories DSC and DTA are used interchangeably.


  • HarsNet,  HarsBook, A technical guide for the assessment of highly reactive chemical systems, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt, 2002.

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