The results of determination of activation energies (EA) of polymeric cable insulations obtained by conventional methods (usually based on the evaluation of changes of mechanical
properties of insulations after their ageing in thermal chamber at different temperatures) have been compared with results
obtained by methods employing the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Three DSC methods have been tested: the method
according the ASTM E 698; measuring of DSC characteristics in the isothermal mode at several different temperatures; and the
method based on evaluation of DSC characteristics of insulations after their thermal ageing in thermal chamber. The last method
— which can be called as a modified conventional method, because instead of mechanical properties, the DSC characteristics
are determined — has been found as most acceptable and giving similar values of EA as the other conventional methods.