Modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (MTDSC) is used to study simultaneously the evolution of heat flow
and heat capacity for the isothermal and non-isothermal cure of an epoxy-anhydride thermosetting system. Modelling of the
(heat flow related) chemical kinetics and the (heat capacity related) mobility factor contributes to a quantitative construction
of Temperature-Time-Transformation (TTT) and Continuous-Heating-Transformation (CHT) diagrams for the thermosetting system.
Authors:G. Van Assche, A. Van Hemelrijck, and B. Van Mele
The influence of temperature modulation and signal treatment (deconvolution procedure) of modulated temperature differential
scanning calorimetry is discussed with respect to the investigation of cure kinetics of thermosetting systems. The use of
a ‘dynamic’ heat capacity calibration is not important for this purpose due to normalization of the heat capacity signal in
all cure experiments. The heat flow phase during isothermal and non-isothermal cure is always small, giving rise to negligible
corrections on the heat capacity and reversing heat flow signals in-phase with the modulated heating rate. The evolution of
the heat flow phase contains information on relaxation phenomena in the course of the chemical reactions.