Authors:M. Kamruddin, P. K. Ajikumar, S. Dash, R. Krishnan, A. K. Tyagi and K. Krishan
A facility based on real time multiple ion detection trend analysis mass spectrometry has been set up in our laboratory for studying thermal decomposition behaviour of inorganic solids. The system has been used for studying decomposition of CuSO4· 5H2O. Non-isothermal kinetic rate expressions based on random nucleation and 3-d phase boundary migration (for dehydration stage), 3-d diffusion and 3-d phase boundary migration (for decomposition stage) were found to have significant correlations with Evolved Gas Analysis (EGA) data. Brief description of the experimental facility along with physical explanations behind compliance of EGA data to above models are discussed.