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The DSC 8500 is a double-furnace DSC, featuring our second-generation HyperDSC technology. Now you can gain unlimited insight into the structure, properties and performance of your materials.

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Detail Information

  • Extremely fast controlled scanning rates to 750ºC/min
  • In-situ ballistic cooling to 2100ºC/min, enabling experiments that mimic real-world processes
  • Extremely fast data readout rates (100 points/second) providing high data integrity
Typical applications for the DSC 8500:
  • Characterization of pharmaceutical materials
  • Polymorph characterization in pharmaceuticals
  • Process studies in pharmaceuticals
  • Process simulation in plastics


21 CFR Part 11 Compatible Yes
Maximum Temperature 750 °C
Minimum Temperature -180 °C
Portable No
Technology Type Thermal Analysis
Warranty 1 year
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Application Note

Better Characterization of Hot Melt Adhesives Using the Double Furnace DSC

This application note demonstrates the use of the Double Furnace DSC for the better and more complete characterization of hot melt adhesives.

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Confirming Polymorphic Purity with HyperDSC

Many materials have complex molecular structures that areable to exist in more than one crystalline form, a phenomenontermed polymorphism. Different forms may have differentproperties and, for pharmaceutical use, it is important tobe able to produce a pure and stable crystalline form of any material to be used as a drug compound. Using a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), different forms of such materials may be identified from their melting profiles and differing melting points.

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Detecting Weak Glass Transition (Tg) in Polymers by HyperDSC

Many polymers are semi-crystalline material. The percentage of crystallinity depends on many factors including chemical structure; interaction between polymer chains and processing conditions.

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Detecting the Adulteration of Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Controlled Cooling DSC

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is commonly used to analyze foods in both quality control and research labs. DSC is often used to compare materials on heating, but cooling studies often give more information as materials can respond more thermodynamically under controlled cooling.

Determination of Critical Cooling Rate for Hardening Aluminum Alloys using HyperDSC

When an aluminum alloy is solution annealed andafterwards cooled too slowly, an exothermal precipitationreaction occurs. With increasing cooling rate, theprecipitation heat decreases. Since the precipitation reaction is relatively fast, a fast cooling rate on the differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) is essential to obtain the critical cooling rate which is the minimum cooling rate at which no precipitation heat is detectable. In this case, it was determined to be 375 (±10) K/min. Such a fast cooling rate can be realized through PerkinElmer’s HyperDSC® technology.

Differential Scanning Calorimetry Performance Comparison

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is a commonly used technique for studying polymeric; pharmaceutical; and energetic; materials. When considering which type of DSC to use to perform a specified measurement one typically chooses either a Power Compensation, or heat flux design.

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Isothermal Crystallization Study for Quality Assurance

Therefore, it is a sensitive test and can be used to show the difference between various batches of material, which may show little difference under a conventional heating experiment. Batches with different crystallization behavior will lead to variation in the quality of the final processed product. For polymer resin manufacture, it can be used for, quality assurance purposes, the optimization of resin formula or the evaluation of a competitor’s resin.

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Measurement of the Tg' in Formulations

In designed formulations for lyophilized drugs, it is important to know the collapse temperature of the cake. If the, collapse temperature is exceeded, the cake will collapse and the batch will be ruined. The collapse temperature is often associated with the Tg’ of the frozen material and measuring this transition is the best way to approximate it.

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Polymer Crystallinity Studies by DSC - Raman Spectroscopy

DSC and Raman spectroscopy are both used to investigate crystallinity but in rather different ways. DSC can determine the degree of crystallinity very precisely and can also follow the kinetics of crystallization by measuring the associated enthalpy changes.

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Polymorphism in Acetaminophen Studied by Simultaneous DSC and Raman Spectroscopy

DSC and Raman spectroscopy are complementary techniques that are often applied to the same problems, principally to study phase transitions in solids. PerkinElmer’s state-of-the-art double-furnace DSC is heavily used in material characterization.

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Practical Food Applications of Differential Scanning Calorimetry (Dsc)

This note describes a number of important food applications utilising the PerkinElmer DSC demonstrating the versatility of the technique as a tool in the food industry.

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StepScan DSC for Obscured Transitions

StepScan DSC is a temperature modulated,DSC technique that operates in conjunction,with the Power Compensation Diamond,DSC from PerkinElmer. The approach,applies a series of short interval heating,and isothermal hold steps to cover the temperature range of interest. With the,StepScan™ DSC approach, two signals are obtained: the Thermodynamic Cp,signal represents the thermodynamic aspects of the material, while the Iso K,signal reflects the kinetic nature of the sample during heating. The following,basic equation mathematically describes the StepScan DSC approach:

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Study Rigid Amorphous Fraction in Polymer Nano-Composites by StepScan and HyperDSC

It is known that there is a rigid amorphous fraction (RAF) in semicrystalline polymers. The RAF exists at the interface of crystal and amorphous phase as a result of the immobilization of a polymer chain due to the crystal. There is debate on whether the crystal melts first and then RAF devitrifies or the RAF devitrifies before the crystal melts.

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UV-DSC Study on New Double Furnace DSC

The UV curing of resins is important in materials science. Direct energy measurement and true isothermal operation are essential to a successful UV curing experiment. Since the UV curing reaction is fast, a fast response DSC is needed to capture the process. The double-furnace power-controlled DSC 8000/8500 with UV accessory is the ideal tool to study the UV curing process and to characterize the material properties before and after the UV curing.

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Characterization of D-Mannitol by Thermal Ananlysis, FTIR, and Raman Spectroscopy

D-Mannitol is a common excipient used in the pharmaceutical formulation of tablets. It is often desirable to process the formula into an amorphous glassy state to improve some physical biological properties of the drug.

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Frequently Asked Questions

The differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) is a fundamental tool in thermal analysis. It can be used in many industries - from pharmaceuticals to polymers and from nanomaterials to food products. The information these instruments generate is used to understand amorphous and crystalline behavior, polymorph and eutectric transitions, curing and degree of cure, and many other material properties used to design, manufacture and test products.


Product Information Bulletin

Product Note

Polymer Recycling Pack

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UV/DSC Study on New Double Furnace DSC

Product Note, Thermal, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, HyperDSC, UV, Visible, UV/Vis, UV Vis, DSC 8000, DSC 8500, 8000/8500

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Regulatory Compliance Certification

Technical Note

DSC 8000 Equilibration

Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MTDSC) is a capability for determining from a single, multi-step DSC method both the specific heat capacity and the heat flow data drom a kinetically controlled process (e.g., reaction or crystallization). PerkinElmer provides this capability with its StepScan software, which is also especially suggested for high accuracy specific heat capacity (Cp) measurement.

Modulated Temperature DSC and DSC 8500: A Step Up in Performance

Modulated Temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry, MTDSC, Single and Multi-Step DSC Methods, StepScan, DSC 8500, DSC 8000, Modulated DSC, sinusoidal, Diamond DSC, Pyris 1, SmartScan

New Design Improvements of the DSC 8000/8500 Double-Furnace Differential Scanning Calorimeter

A simple experiment is suggested to demonstrate the response time of a DSC and to show how much time is needed for equilibration.

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New Design Improvements of the DSC 8000/8500 Double-Furnace Differential Scanning Calorimeter

A calorimeter is a device that measures the heat exchange of a sample with its environment. Since heat is usually generated or consumed during a physical transition or chemical reaction; calorimetry is a universal tool to study such processes.

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The New Optima Family Computer-Controlled Solid-State RF Power Supply

High throughput is a common concern for manufacturing environments. Recently, it has grown in importance for today’s busy research and analytical laboratories as well. Automation can be key to increasing a laboratory’s capabilities while freeing an analyst’s time for other work.

Thermal Cooling Accesories

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Laboratory testing and analysis was introduced into Formula 1 Motor Racing in the early 1990s. We are now arguably in the third phase of laboratory testing; the development of expert systems which allow us to fully understand the condition of the various parts in service and run the cars as close to the limit of performance without risking failure. Within the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team something like 90% of the reliability testing is carried out either in computer simulation, laboratory testing and the Power Train Systems (PTS) Dynamometer.