The use of isothermal microcalorimetry (MC) as a sensitive monitor for slow reactions is demonstrated in a number of examples.
In Example 1 the spontaneous decomposition of a nitrate ester propellant is studied and the absolute degradation rate estimated.
Example 2 illustrates how MC can be used for comparing the rate of oxidative ageing at different O2 concentrations. Synergetic effects between oxygen and moisture in accelerated ageing of nitrile rubber are evaluated from
a so-called 4-point test in Example 3. The last example shows a simple MC technique for rapid determination of moisture permeability
through a polymeric sealant.