Three different calculation methods of deriving kinetic parameters (activation energy and preexponential factor) from dynamic
TG data have been applied for the sulphate decomposition stage of the aluminum sulphate octadecahydrate. The constant rate
experiments were carried out by Derivatograph and DuPont thermobalances. The three parameters estimation methods included
a simple differential method, the classical Coats-Redfern and a new direct integral method. The fits of the curves obtained
by these procedures were compared both graphically and numerically. It was found that the direct integral method gave the
most satisfactory results. With the order type reaction models this method in each case produced the smallest residual deviation
values and the best fitting curves compared to those obtained by the other two methods. The activation parameters calculated
by the differential method were not acceptable at all, for the estimated curves were very far from the measured ones.