Thermochimica Acta, Vol.430, No.1-2, 67-71, 2005
Kinetics and hazards of thermal decomposition of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide by DSC
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was applied to analyze thermal decomposition of methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKPO). Thermokinetic parameters and thermal stability were evaluated. MEKPO decomposes in at least three exothermic decomposition reactions and begins to decompose at 30-32 degrees C. The total heat of decomposition is 1.26 +/- 0.03 kJ g(-1). Thermal decomposition of MEKPO can be described by a model of two independent reactions: the first is decomposition of a less stable isomer of MEKPO, followed by decomposition of the main isomer, after which an exothermic reaction of the reaction products with the solvent, dimethyl phthalate. The results can be applied for emergency relief system design and for emergency rescue strategies during an upset or accident. (c) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.