Safety in Chemical and Process Industries: A Comprehensive Assessment

Theory of Thermal Explosions

Author(s): Massimiliano Fabbricino*, Roberto Andreozzi*, Laura Clarizia*, Alessandra Cesaro*, Grazia Policastro* and Concetta di Giovanni * .

Pp: 28-49 (22)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165760123010003

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The theory on thermal explosions according to Semenov’s approach is thoroughly described in this chapter. The main calorimetric tests to be carried out for a safe thermal analysis are also reported. The thermal inertia is defined and its effects on the characterization of reactive chemical systems is evaluated. 

Keywords: Adiabatic Condition, Non-Adiabatic Case, Runaway Phenomenon, Semenov Theory, Thermal Inertia.

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