Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 205–214 | Cite as

Storage lifetime management and thermal hazard assessment of thermally reactive material

  • Shih-Wen Liao
  • Chu-Chin Hsieh
  • Kuo-Yi Li
  • Shu-Yao Tsai
  • Jo-Ming Tseng
  • Jin-Shuh Li
  • Chun-Ping Lin


This is a novel idea: replacing highly dangerous and complex testing of solid thermally reactive materials through smart technology. We investigated the prediction of the storage lifetime and the thermal impact of thermally reactive material by different thermal analysis models: differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for non-isothermal tests versus DSC isothermal tests. Two kinds of kinetic models were compared for evaluating appropriate kinetic parameters of thermal decomposition, and then the thermal hazard parameters were estimated by cartridge package simulation, which could result in reliable thermal hazard properties of a thermal reactive material’s thermal decomposition. We also determined the unsafe characteristics of a thermally reactive material stored in a depot under lifetime, so as to prevent runaway reactions that induce incidents by heat attack during storage. We were interested in an effective and smart analysis technology to reduce energy consumption of the dangerous testing. There are also calls for a smart testing technology which is the achieved object here for reducing energy consumption and avoiding runaway reaction disaster of thermally reactive materials.


Simulation storage lifetime Thermally reactive material Thermal hazard Unsafe characteristic Smart testing technology 

List of symbols


Specific heat capacity (J g−1 K−1)


Control temperature (°C)


Activation energy (kJ mol−1)


Activation energy of the 1st stage (kJ mol−1)


Activation energy of the 2nd stage (kJ mol−1)


Emergency temperature (°C)


Kinetic functions of the ith stage; i = 1, 2, 3


Kinetic functions


Pre-exponential factor (m3 mol−1 s−1)


Reaction rate constant (mol L−1 s−1) i = 1, 2


Reaction order or unit outer normal on the boundary, dimensionless


Number of components, dimensionless


Reaction order of the ith stage, dimensionless i = 1, 2, 3


Specific heat effect of a reaction (J kg−1)


Heat flow (J g−1)


Gas constant (8.31415 J K−1 mol−1)


Reaction rate of the ith stage (g sec−1) i = 1, 2, 3, 4


Heat-exchange surface (m 2)


Self-accelerating decomposition temperature (°C)


Absolute temperature (K)


Exothermic onset temperature (°C)


Time to conversion limit (year)


Critical temperature (°C)


Total energy release (kJ kg−1)


Ambient temperature (°C)


Time to maximum rate under isothermal conditions (day)


Temperature on the wall (°C)


Time (sec)


Heat power (W g−1)


Autocatalytic constant, dimensionless


Degree of conversion, dimensionless


Degree of conversion, dimensionless


Density (kg m−3)


Heat conductivity (W m−1 K−1)


Heat transfer coefficient (W m−2 K−1)


Heat of decomposition (kJ kg−1)



We are indebted to the donors of Asia University in Taiwan under the contract number 101-asia-44 for financial support. The authors are grateful to the National Defense University of ROC in Taiwan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shih-Wen Liao
    • 1
  • Chu-Chin Hsieh
    • 1
  • Kuo-Yi Li
    • 3
  • Shu-Yao Tsai
    • 5
    • 6
  • Jo-Ming Tseng
    • 2
  • Jin-Shuh Li
    • 4
  • Chun-Ping Lin
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Safety, Health, and Environmental EngineeringNational Yunlin University of Science and TechnologyDouliouTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Institute of Safety and Disaster Prevention TechnologyCentral Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaichungTaiwan, ROC
  3. 3.Department of Industrial Engineering and ManagementNational Chin-Yi University of TechnologyTaichungTaiwan, ROC
  4. 4.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringNational Defense UniversityDasiTaiwan, ROC
  5. 5.Department of Health and Nutrition BiotechnologyAsia UniversityTaichungTaiwan, ROC
  6. 6.Department of Occupational Safety and HealthChina Medical UniversityTaichungTaiwan, ROC

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