Authors: B Howell 1 and J Ray 1
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  • 1 Central Michigan University Center for Applications in Polymer Science Mt. Pleasant USA 48859 MI Mt. Pleasant USA 48859 MI
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Several dynamic methods for estimating activation energies have been developed. This development has arisen largely as a matter of convenience and the desire to minimize analysis time. While these methods generally afford values which are somewhat similar, the agreement among values from various methods is never outstanding. Further, the values obtained are often, at best, only approximations of the values obtained by the traditional isothermal approach. To better ascertain the utility of dynamic methods for the determination of activation energies, the activation energy for the thermal degradation of a standard vinylidene chloride/methyl acrylate (five-mole percent) copolymer has been generated by a variety of methods. The degradation of this polymer is an ideal reaction for evaluation of the various methods. At modest temperatures (<200C), the only reaction that contributes to mass loss is the first order evolution of hydrogen chloride, i.e., there is only one significant reaction occurring and it is not impacted by competing processes. The best values (most reproducible; best correspondence to values obtained by titrimetry and other methods) are those obtained by plotting the natural logarithm of rate constants obtained at various temperatures vs. the reciprocal of the Kelvin temperature. Various dynamic methods yield values which are less reproducible and which approximate these values to a greater or lesser degree. In no case is the agreement good.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
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