John L. Cronin gained his Bsc (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leeds and then undertook several years of research and consultancy prior to joining the Explosion and Fire Group at South Bank Polytechnic. He has just completed his PhD in thermal analysis methods for hazard evaluation in batch chemical manufacture.
Laboratory techniques for the quantitative study of thermal decompositions
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Copyright © 1987 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 89–97, April 1987
How to Cite
Cronin, J. L. and Nolan, P. F. (1987), Laboratory techniques for the quantitative study of thermal decompositions. Plant/Oper. Prog., 6: 89–97. doi: 10.1002/prsb.720060210
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Two experimental methods are described for studying thermal decomposition reactions in solids and liquids.
The first allows early detection of initial exothermicity, calculation of pseudo kinetic parameters describing subsequent decomposition, and estimation of scale effects on the initial temperature for self-sustaining reaction.
The second method yields additional data which provides a basis for relief system design.