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The RC1 calorimeter revealed itself a suitable instrument to obtain information about safety and mechanisms involved in the reaction between cyclohexanecarboxylic acid (AEB) and oleum. A previous hypothesis about the existence of an unstable intermediate was confirmed and its heat of formation was calculated. The heat of sulphonation related to undesirable by-products production and the heat of protonation of AEB with H2SO4 were also evaluated. Therefore, it was possible to distinguish the reactions involved in the process and, through their thermal behaviour, to determine the limit conditions to avoid the by-products formation.