How Thermal Analysis Can Aid in the Manufacture of High-Quality Plastic Parts
Published05/15/2014 by Dr. Andreas Spörrer
When manufacturing high-quality plastic parts, it can be very advantageous to have knowledge about the thermal properties of the materials used. High-performance thermal analysis methods are helpful in answering important materials-related questions in the areas of product development, quality assurance, failure analysis and process optimization.
NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing regularly offers free online seminars specially tailored to professionals and management personnel in the plastics industry who are still relatively inexperienced with regard to thermal analysis methods for polymer characterization.
To learn more about DSC, DMA and/or DEA methods or to find new sources of inspiration in this area, one may play the available webcasts on these topics at any time.
The “DSC Analysis on Polymers for Beginners” webcast will provide information about DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry), which is the most widely used thermal analysis method for polymers. It allows for the investigation of thermal effects and for the determination of associated properties such as melting and crystallization behavior, cross-linking, glass transition, specific heat capacity, and oxidation behavior.
In the “DMA on Polymers for Beginners” webcast, the DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analysis) technique is introduced. DMA can be used to glean information about the mechanical properties of visco-elastic materials – such as storage and loss modulus as well as damping behavior – over a broad temperature range.
The “DEA on Polymers for Beginners” webcast describes how one can use DEA (Dielectric Analysis) to follow the curing of cross-linking polymer systems – such as thermosetting resins, paints or varnishes – either in the lab while developing formulations or directly during production.
The three webcasts convey the types of knowledge that can be gleaned about various polymer materials through the respective use of DSC, DMA and DEA. Numerous application examples are used to help explain the methods.
More information can be found HERE.