Accession Number:

AD0637434

Title:

KINETICS OF THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF SOLIDS.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Report Date:

1966-03-26

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

It is shown that Yerofeyevs equation, which is commonly used for practical purposes, cannot correctly describe the process of thermal decomposition of inorganic crystals, since it applies only to the case of a reaction in a coninuous medium, when the nuclei are formed in the volume. During the thermal decomposition of crystals, the nuclei are formed only on their surface. A solution is given for the problem involving the calculation of the probability of the reaction at a given point of the solid and for the general case of a solid of any shape and for an arbitrary law of formation of nuclei not only on the surface of the solid but also in its volume. The exact solution obtained is analyzed in two limiting cases, and it is shown that the total activation energy depends not only on the nature of the substance, but also on the size and shape of the particles. The theory of similitude was used to find two dimensionless variables which determine the process of thermal decomposition. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE