National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (NYUST) Process Safety and Disaster Prevention Laboratory, Department of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering 123, University Rd., Sec. 3 Douliou, Yunlin Taiwan 64002 ROC
NYUST Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Engineering Science and Technology 123, University Rd., Sec. 3 Douliou Yunlin Taiwan 64002 ROC
Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science Department of Occupational Safety and Health 60, Erh Jen Rd., Sec. 1 Jen Te Tainan Taiwan 71710 ROC
Organic peroxides have caused many serious explosions and fires that were promoted by thermal instability, chemical pollutants,
and even mechanical shock. Cumene hydroperoxide (CHP) has been employed in polymerization and for producing phenol and dicumyl
peroxide (DCPO). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) has been used to assess the thermal hazards associated with CHP contacting
sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Thermokinetic parameters, such as exothermic onset temperature (T0), peak temperature (Tmax), and enthalpy (ΔH) were obtained. Experimental data were obtained using DSC and curve fitting using thermal safety software (TSS) was employed
to obtain the kinetic parameters. Isothermal microcalorimetry (thermal activity monitor, TAM) was used to investigate the
thermal hazards associated with storing of CHP and CHP mixed with NaOH under isothermal conditions.
TAM showed that in the temperature range from 70 to 90°C an autocatalytic reaction occurs. This was apparent in the thermal
curves. Depending on the operating conditions, NaOH may be one of the chemicals or catalysts incompatible with CHP. When CHP
was mixed with NaOH, the T0 is lower and reactions become more complex than those associated with assessment of the decomposition of the pure peroxide.
The data by curve fitting indicated that the activation energy (Ea) for the induced decomposition is smaller than that for decomposition of CHP in the absence of hydroxide.