The Role of Heat Transfer and Analysis Ensuing Heat Inertia in Thermal Measurements and Its Impact to Nonisothermal Kinetics

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


The basic interrelations and consequences of heat transfer (1701 Newton cooling law) are analyzed showing its unambiguous importance and historical origin already known since 1933 in the form of basic caloric equation by Tian. It results in the heat inertia due to the sample heat capacity changes and undertakes two forms, integral and differential, the latter specific in providing s-shape background of DTA peaks. Its impact in the DTA measurements is examined showing misinterpretation by the origin work of Borchard and Daniels leading to further abandonment. The heat inertia correction was already suggested by authors in 1978 and verified on the basis of externally inserted rectangular heat pulses. Further corrections to heat inertia waited until 2009 (Netzsch commercial software). Relations following from general kinetic equation for the first-order reactions are substantiated, and the kinetic compensation effect explained as a correlation of pair activation energy pre-exponential factor and maximum rate temperature-heating rate. Kissinger erroneous assumption on temperature of maximum reaction rate is examined, and a correct solution is then suggested while determining the correct temperature of maximum reaction/transition rate and its correlation to the apex of a DTA peak. Both the kinetic equation and Kissinger equation are shown crucial when including the heat inertia term. Often forgotten influence of thermodynamic equilibrium as to kinetic equation is analyzed giving away its significance. New concept of a more sophisticated nonisothermal kinetics is suggested happy to be first when introducing the concept of equilibrium background which stays an important part of advanced kinetics anticipating that our innovative notions of temperature inertia, gradients, and even the operational meaning of temperature itself may facilitate modern kinetic understanding. We believe that kinetic progress means practice-verified improvements while including detailed thermal phenomena of real thermoanalytical measurements, nor just making changes at any case. We neither should be afraid of changes while complicating our pervious practice nor should we feel troubled examining examples presented in this chapter. The chapter contains 72 references.


Heat Flux Maximum Reaction Rate Heat Capacity Change Kinetic Compensation Effect General Kinetic Equation 
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This chapter is based on the life challenge of Pavel Holba (1940–2016) to establish an innovative concept of thermodynamics [75] while introducing it into thermoanalytical kinetics (see the other chapters in this volume). He completed the text of this chapter only a few days before his death and regrettably was no longer capable of its further corrections.

The work was developed at the Join Research Laboratory of the Institute of Physics CAS and 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 co-funded 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. Deep thanks are due to the shared efforts by J. Czarnecki (formerly with Chan, USA), J.J. Mareš, P. Hubík, (Institute of Physics), M. Holeček, P. Martinec (West Bohemian University), M. Liška (Vitrum Laugaricio, Dubček University in Trenčín), J. Málek, R. Svoboda (University of Pardubice), N. Koga (Hiroshima University in Japan), and P. Šimon (President of the Slovak Chemical Society, Technical University in Bratislava) as well as to my wife semiconductor technologist Věra.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New Technologies Research Centre (NTC-ZČU)University of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic
  2. 2.Division of Solid-State PhysicsInstitute of Physics, v.v.i., Czech Academy of SciencesPragueCzech Republic

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