Rationale and Myth of Thermoanalytical Kinetic Patterns: How to Model Reaction Mechanisms by the Euclidean and Fractal Geometry and by Logistic Approach

  • Jaroslav ŠestákEmail author
  • Isak Avramov
Part of the Hot Topics in Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry book series (HTTC, volume 11)


Modeling tradition is reviewed within its historical maturity from Greek Plato to modern Penrose. Metaphors in non-isothermal kinetics achieved a wide application mostly employing models derived by means of undemanding isothermal descriptions. Geometrical basis of such modeling is revised and discussed in terms of symmetrical and asymmetrical (pentagonal) schemes. The properties of interface (reaction separating line) are found decisive in all cases of heterogeneous kinetics and can be acquainted with defects. The use of yet atypical fractal geometry is accredited, and associated formal kinetic models based on non-integral power exponents are acknowledged. Mathematical commencement and impact of logistic models are used highlighting the Sesták–Berggren (SB) equation and the impact of logistic approach as a generalized exploit. Typical erroneous beliefs are dealt with showing common kinetic misinterpretation of measured data and associated mathematical manipulability of kinetic equations. The correction of a measured DTA peak is mentioned assuming the effects of heat inertia and temperature gradients. The chapter contains 117 references.


Logistic Curve Truthful Mechanism Heat Inertia Arbitrary Exponent Mathematical Commencement 
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The present work was also supported by Institutional Research Plan of Institute of Physics ASCR, v.v.i., no. AV0Z1010052 as developed at its Join Research Laboratory with the New Technologies Centre of the University of West Bohemia in Pilzen (the CENTEM project, reg. no. CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03.0088 that is cofunded from the ERDF as a part of the MEYS—Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports OP RDI Program and in the follow-up sustainability stage supported through the CENTEM PLUS LO 1402). The abandoned support by the Grant Agency of ČR for the projected grant ´Thermal inertia and its significance for the analysis of DTA measurements´ (No 17-21840S-2016) is worth mentioning as an example of fatal misunderstanding of current needs of thermal science.


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  1. 1.New Technologies Research Centre (NTC-ZČU)University of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Physical ChemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria

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