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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 80, Issue 1, pp 109–113 | Cite as

Analysis of the oxidation reactivity of carbonaceous materials using thermogravimetric analysis

  • E. Sima-Ella
  • T. J. Mays
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Summary

The aim of this work is to develop a simplified, though rigorously based thermogravimetric analysis (TG) method to estimate intrinsic reactivity parameters (activation energy, E, and pre-exponential factor, A) for the oxidation in air of engineering carbonaceous materials. To achieve this aim, a modified Coats-Redfern method for analysing linear curves has been devised. The new method assumes first-order reaction kinetics with respect to carbon, and uses a statistical criterion to estimate an ‘optimum’ heating rate. For the oxidation in air of a model carbon, an optimum rate of 27 K min-1 was determined, at which E=125.8 kJ mol-1. This is in good agreement with activation energies obtained using established, though more limited model-free or isoconversional methods.

thermogravimetric analysis carbonaceous materials intrinsic reactivity 

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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Sima-Ella
    • 1
  • T. J. Mays
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath

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