In this paper problems associated with a conventional heat-flux DSC are discussed. A single pan calorimeter has been designed
and built which eliminates many of the errors that occur in a conventional DSC. It was found that: enthalpy changes and heat
capacity were repeatable to better than1%; the apparent latent heat and heat capacity did not depend on specimen size or significantly
on rate of heating as often occurs in a two-pan heat-flux DSC; during the melting of pure Al, more than 80% of the latent
heat was evolved over a temperature of 0.04 K; in alloys, separate heat capacity peaks for different reaction less than 1
K apart were resolved.