The thermo-oxidative degradation of a parchment recent manufactured from a goat skin has been investigated by TG/DTG, DSC
simultaneous analysis performed in static air atmosphere, at six heating rates in the range 3–15 K min−1. At the progressive heating in air atmosphere, the investigated material exhibits three main successive processes occurring
with formation of volatile products, namely the dehydration followed by two thermo-oxidative processes. The processing of
the non-isothermal data corresponding to the first process of thermo-oxidation was performed by using Netzsch Thermokinetics—a
Software Module for Kinetic Analysis. The dependence of activation energy, evaluated by isoconversional methods suggested
by Friedman, and Ozawa, Flynn and Wall, on the conversion degree and the relative high standard deviations of this quantity
show that the investigated process is a complex one. The mechanism and the corresponding kinetic parameters were determined
by Multivariate Non-linear Regression program. Three mechanisms, one consisting in four successive steps and two others in
five successive steps, exhibit the best F-test Fit Quality for TG curves. It was also used the previously suggested criterion, according to which the most probable
process mechanism correspond to the best agreement between EFR = EFR (α) (EFR is the activation energy evaluated by isoconversional method suggested by Friedman; α is the conversion degree) obtained
from non-isothermal experimental data and activation energy values, Eiso, obtained by applying the differential method to isothermal data simulated using non-isothermal kinetic parameters. According
to this last criterion, the most probable mechanism of parchment oxidation consists in four successive steps. The contribution
of the thermo-oxidation process in the parchment damage by natural aging is discussed.
A differential isoconversional non-linear procedure for evaluating activation energy from non-isothermal data is suggested.
This procedure was applied to model reactions (simulations) and to the dehydration of CaC2O4⋅H2O. The results were compared with those obtained by other isoconversional methods.
The following problems concerning the apparent compensation effect (CE) (lnA=a+bE, where A is the pre-exponential factor, E is the activation energy, a and b are CE parameters) due to the change of the conversion function and on which the invariant kinetic parameters method (IKP
method) is based, are discussed: (1) the explanation of this kind of CE; (2) the choice of the set of conversion functions
that checks CE relationship; (3) the dependencies of CE parameters on the heating rate and the temperature corresponding to
the maximum reaction rate. Using the condition of maximum of the reaction rate suggested by Kissinger (Kissinger law), it
is pointed out that, for a certain heating rate, the CE relationship is checked only for reaction order (Fn) and Avrami-Erofeev
(An) kinetic models, and not for diffusion kinetic models (Dn). Consequently, IKP method, which is based on the supercorrelation
relationship between CE parameters, can be applied only for the set Fn+ An of kinetic models.
The dependencies of a and b parameters on the heating rate and Tm (temperature corresponding to maximum reaction rate) are derived.
The theoretical results are discussed and checked for (a) TG simulated data for a single first order reaction; (b) TG data
for PVC degradation; (b) the dehydration of CaC2O4·H2O.
The thermo-oxidative degradation of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) has been investigated by TG+DTG+DTA simultaneous analysis performed
in static air atmosphere, at four heating rates, namely 3, 5, 10 and 15 K min−1. TG, DTG and DTA curves showed that, in the temperature range 25–700°C, four successive processes occur. The first process
consisting in the loss of physical adsorbed water is followed by three processes of thermal and/or thermo-oxidative degradations.
The processing of the non-isothermal data corresponding to the second process (the first process of thermo-oxidation) was
performed by using Netzsch Thermokinetics — A Software Module for Kinetic Analysis.
The dependence of the activation energy evaluated by Friedman’s isoconversional method on the conversion degree shows that
the investigated process is complex one. The mechanism of this process and the corresponding kinetic parameters were determined
by Multivariate Non-linear Regression Program and checked for quasi-isothermal experimental data. It was pointed out that
the first process of thermo-oxidation of PVA consists in three consecutive steps having Avrami-Erofeev kinetic model. The
obtained results can be used for prediction of the thermal lifetime of PVA corresponding to a certain temperature of use and
an endpoint criterion.
In this paper are reported some experimental data related to the influence of preparation regimes and characteristics of exfoliated
graphite based sorbents produced by thermal expansion of H2SO4-graphite intercalation compounds (H2SO4-GICs) on their sorption properties. Investigations involving X-ray diffraction analyses, surface area, bulk density and oil
sorption capacity measurements, have been performed. Sorption capacity was discussed as a function of bulk density, total
pore volume and surface area. Some empirical correlation between studied characteristics of exfoliated graphite have been
found. The differences among the obtained samples, as a consequence of synthesis conditions, were also put in evidence by
thermal analysis (TG, DTG and DTA) performed after their exposure to oil sorption.
It was found that thermal analysis method could provide information about the exfoliated graphite pore system related to the
sorbed oil oxidation rate. The capacity for oil uptake was also discussed in the case of graphite oxide soot.
The TG, DTG and DSC methods were used for investigation of the thermo-oxidative degradation in static air atmosphere and oxygen
flow of some sorts of lime tree wood (recent lime tree woods with different preparations, old lime tree woods extracted from
some Romanian historical and/or cultural objects). At the progressive heating in the mentioned atmospheres, all the investigated
materials exhibit three successive processes, associated with dehydration and two complex thermo-oxidative processes. Each
analyzed material has a characteristic thermogram (TG, DTG and/or DSC curve) that can be considered a material “fingerprint”.
It was pointed out that the following non-isothermal parameters can be used for distinction between a new and old lime tree
wood: mass loss in the first process of thermo-oxidation, ratio between the mass losses in the first and the second processes
of thermo-oxidation, the maximum rate of the first process of thermo-oxidation. Consequently, the certification of a patrimonial
object manufactured from lime tree wood could be performed by applying the thermal analysis methods.
The results of non-isothermal kinetic analysis of the thermooxidative degradation in air and oxygen of an unsaturated polyester
resin are presented. It has been shown that the thermooxidative degradation in oxygen occurs at lower temperatures than the
thermooxidative degradation in air. The kinetic parameters of the thermooxidative degradation depend on the heating rate and
the oxygen pressure. Two straight lines of InAvs. E (A is the preexponential factor andE is the activation energy), characteristic for the compensation effect, have been obtained for the thermooxidative degradation
in air and in oxygen respectively. The difference between the intercepts of these straight lines can be explained by dependence
of the pre-exponential factor on the oxygen pressure.