Calorimetry Testing

PMIC is able to provide a large scope of calorimetry testing capabilities with its Mettler Toledo DSC 3+

DSC 3+

Table showing showing the machine capabilities and limits of PMIC's DSC 3+.
DSC 3+ by Mettler ToledoCapabilities
Temperature Range115 K to 973 K
(-158 °C to 700 °C)
Sample Size0.04 mL - 0.15 mL
Heating Rates0.02 K/min to 300 K/min
Cooling Rates0.02 K/min to 50 K/min
Measurement Range at 100 °C±160 mW
Measurement Range at 700 °C±140 mW
AtmosphereAir, nitrogen, oxygen, argon, CO2, CO, and hydrogen
Resolution0.04 µW
Gas Flow0 mL/min to 200 mL/min
Link to Mettler Toledo brochureThe values above come from PMIC's in-house validation of the DSC 3+ and may not match values available from Mettler Toledo.
Note 1Volume of samples is dependent on pan size.

DSC measures the difference between the heat flows into specimens and a reference pan over a given temperature range with a specified heating rate.  This allows for the characterization of phase transitions, glass transitions, reactivity, curing and curing processes, stability, thermal history, heat capacity, purity, miscibility, and polymorphism.

Microscopy can be used to capture images of material transition under temperature.  Photocalorimetry can be used for the characterization of UV curing systems, to assist in the establishment of best curing practices for the customer’s material.  Microscopy and photocalorimetry may become available at PMIC based on customer demand.



A reference material and the specimen is heated or cooled at a controlled rate in a closed atmosphere.  Due to energy changes specific to the materials, heat flow into the two materials differs.  This difference is continually monitored and recorded.  The specific heat capacity of the test specimen is then calculated by multiplying the specific heat of a reference sapphire by the heat flow measured from the specimen times the mass of the sapphire divided by the mass of the specimen times the heat flow measured from the sapphire.  For ASTM E1269, homogeneity is important for accurate results.



PMIC is pleased to collaborate with a field expert for the use of quality equipment for TGA testing.  The mass of the customer’s material is measured over time as the temperature changes.  TGA may be used for characterizing absorption, desorption, thermal decomposition, ignition temperatures, phase transitions, and thermal stability.


CAL ASTM Standards

A searchable list of the ASTM standards by which PMIC performs testing using the Mettler Toledo DSC 3+ for Calorimetry.
ASTME1269Standard Test Method for Determining Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning CalorimetrySpecific Heat
ASTMD3418Standard Test Method for Transition Temperatures and Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization of Polymers by Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTMD3895Standard Test Method for Oxidative-Induction Time of Polyolefins by Differential Scanning CalorimetryOxidative-Induction Time
ASTME1356Standard Test Method for Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperatures by Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTMD4419Standard Test Method for Measurement of Transition Temperatures of Petroleum Waxes by Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTME2070Standard Test Methods for Kinetic Parmeters by Differential Scanning Calorimetry Using Isothermal MethodsKinetic Parameters
ASTME537Standard Test Method for the Thermal Stability of Chemicals by Differential Scanning CalorimetryThermal Stability
ASTME2160Standard Test method for Heat of Reaction of Thermally Reactive Materials by Differential Scanning CalorimetryHeat of Reaction
ASTMD6186Standard Test Method for Oxidation Induction Time of Lubricating Oils by Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry (PDSC)Oxidation-Induction Time
ASTME1858Standard Test Methods for Determining Oxidation Induction Time of Hydrocarbons by Differential Scanning CalorimetryOxidation-Induction Time
ASTME2781Standard Practice for Evaluation of Methods for Determination of Kinetic Parameters by Calorimetry and Differential Scanning CalorimetryKinetic Parameters
ASTME2890Standard Test Method for Kinetic Parameters for Thermally Unstable Materials by Differential Scanning Calorimetry Using the Kissinger MethodKinetic Parameters
ASTME928Standard Test Method for Purity by Differential Scanning CalorimetryPurity
ASTME698Standard Test Method for Kinetic Parameters for Thermally Unstable Materials Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and the Flynn/Wall/Ozawa MethodKinetic Parameters
ASTMD6604Standard Practice for Glass Transition Temperatures of Hydrocarbon Resins by Differential Scanning ClorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTME2923Standard Practice for Longevity Assessment of Firestop Materials Using Differential Scanning CalorimetryLongevity
ASTME2009Standard Test Methods for Oxidation Onset Temperatrure of Hydrocarbons by Differential Scanning CalorimetryOxidation-Onset Temperature
ASTMD4591Standard Test Method for Determining Temperatures and Heats of Transitions of Fluoropolymers by Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTME2041Standard Test Method for Estimating Kinetic Parameters by Differential Scanning Calorimeter Using the Borchardt and Daniels MethodKinetic Parameters
ASTME2253Standard Test Method for Temperature and Enthalpy Measurement Validation of Differential Scanning CalorimetersMeasurement Validation
ASTME2716Standard Test Method for Determining Specific Heat Capacity by Sinusoidal Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning CalorimetrySpecific Heat
ASTME2602Standard Test Methods for the Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperature by Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperature
ASTMD8117Standard Test Method for Oxidative Induction Time of Polyolefin Geosynthetics by Differential Scanning CalorimetryOxidation-Induction Time
ASTMF2625Standard Test Method for Measurement of Enthalpy of Fusion, Percent Crystallinity, and Melting Point of Ultra-High-Molecular Weight Polyethylene by Means of Differential Scanning CalorimetryEnthalpy
ASTMD7426Standard Test Method for Assignment of the DSC Procedure for Determining Tg of a Polymer or an Elastomeric CompoundTransition Temperature
ASTME2550Standard Test Method for Thermal Stability by Thermogravimetry(TGA) Thermal Stability
ASTMD6580Standard Test Method for the Determination of Metallic Zinc Content in Both Zinc Dust Pigment and in Cured Films of Zinc-Rich CoatingsZinc Content
ASTME794Standard Test Method for Melting and Crystallization Temperatures by Thermal AnalysisTransition Temperature
ASTMF2004Standard Test Method for Transformation Temperature of Nickel-Titanium Alloys by Thermal AnalysisTransition Temperature
ASTMD1519Standard Test Methods for Rubber Chemicals – Determination of Melting RangeTransition Temperature
ASTME487Standard Test Method for Constant-Temperature Stability of Chemical MaterialsStability
ASTME2046Standard Test Method for Reaction Induction Time by Thermal AnalysisReaction Induction Time
ASTMD5028Standard Test Method for Curing Properties of Pultrusion Resins by Thermal AnalysisCuring Properties
ASTME2785Standard Test Method for Exposure of Firestop Materials to Severe Environmental ConditionsExposure
ASTMF1551Standard Test Methods for Comprehensive Characterization of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces and MaterialsCharacterization
ASTME1782Standard Test Method for Determining Vapor Pressure by Thermal AnalysisVapor Pressure
ASTMD6375Standard Test Method for Evaporation Loss of Lubricating Oils by Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) Noack MethodEvaporation Loss
ASTME1641 Standard Test Method for Decomposition Kinetics by Thermogravimetry Using the Ozawa/Flynn/Wall Method(TGA) Decomposition Kinetics
ASTMD3350Standard Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materialsn/a
ASTMD4565Standard Test Methods for Physical and Environmental Performance Properties of Insulations and Jackets for Telecommunications Wire and CableMultiple
ASTMD698Standard Test Methods for Laboratory Compaction Characteristics of Soil Using Standard Effort (12,400 ft-lbf/ft3 (600 kN-m/m3))Compaction
ASTME793Standard Test Method for Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization by Differential Scanning CalorimetryTransition Temperatures
ASTME928Standard Test Method for Purity by Differential Scanning CalorimetryPurity
ASTME1231Standard Practice for Calculation of Hazard Potential Figures of Merit for Thermally Unstable Materialsn/a