INAA was used to determine 32 major and trace elements in 21 soil samples collected from the Loess Plateau, China, and Ontario, Canada. The elemental concentrations determined in different layers of each soil, have been used for comparison in order to find out the general characteristics and any significant differences between Canadian and Chinese soils which developed from similar parent materials. This data can be useful to pedologists and geochemists to study the elemental behaviours and the influences of climate and environment on soil formation. Effort is directed to applying a statistical factor pattern recognition method to these soils for possible use in future soil erosion and transport studies in China. From this study, four soil factors were resolved each for the Chinese and Canadian soils.
The dependence of the frequency factor on the temperature (A=A0Tm) has been examined and the errors involved in the activation energy calculated from some integral methods without considering
such dependence have been estimated. Investigated integral methods are the Coats-Redfern method, the Gorbachev-Lee-Beck method,
the Wanjun-Yuwen method and the Junmeng-Fusheng method. The results have shown that the error in the determination of the
activation energy calculated ignoring the dependence of the frequency factor on the temperature can be rather large and it
is dependent on x=E/RT and the exponent m.
In this paper, a systematic analysis of the errors involved in the determination of the kinetic parameters (including the
activation energy and frequency factor) from five integral methods has been carried out. The integral methods analyzed here
are Coats-Redfern, Gorbachev, Wanjun-Yuwen-Hen-Zhiyong-Cunxin, Junmeng-Fusheng-Weiming-Fang, Junmeng-Fang and Junmeng-Fang-Weiming-Fusheng
method. The results have shown that the precision of the kinetic parameters calculated by the different integral methods is
dependent on u (E/RT), that is, on the activation energy and the average temperature of the process.
The accuracy of the newly proposed approximation is tested by numerical analyses. Compared with other existed approximations
for the general temperature integral, the new approximation is significantly more accurate than other approximations.
This paper describes the influences of some parameters relevant to biomass pyrolysis on the numerical solutions of the nonisothermal
nth-order distributed activation energy model (DAEM) involved the Weibull distribution. Investigated parameters are the integral
upper limit, the frequency factor, heating rate, the reaction order and the shape, scale and location parameters of the Weibull
distribution. Those influences can be used for the determination of the kinetic parameters of the nonisothermal nth-order Weibull DAEM from thermoanalytical data of biomass pyrolysis.
The integral methods, which are obtained from the various approximations for the temperature integral, have been extensively
used in the non-isothermal kinetic analysis. In order to obtain the precision of the integral methods for the determination
of the activation energy, several authors have calculated the relative errors of the activation energy obtained from the integral
methods. However, in their calculations, the temperature integral at the starting temperature was neglected. In this work,
we have performed a systematic analysis of the precision of the activation energy calculated by the integral methods without
doing any simplifications.
The results have shown that the relative error involved in the activation energy determined from the integral methods depends
on two dimensionless quantities: the normalized temperature θ=T/T0, and the dimensionless activation energy x0=E/RT0 (where E is the activation energy, T is the temperature, T0 is the starting temperature, R is the gas constant).
Recently, Órfão obtained two simple equations for the estimation of the relative error in the activation energy calculated
by the integral methods . In this short communication, the validity of the equations has been evaluated by comparing the
results calculated by the equations with the results calculated by the equation from theoretical derivation without introducing
Slow pyrolysis of walnut shell which is a cheap and abundantly available solid waste was carried out using thermogravimetric
analysis. The effects of raw material heating rate on the pyrolysis properties and kinetic parameters were investigated. A
two-step consecutive reaction model were used to simulate the pyrolysis process. The kinetic parameters were established by
using the pattern search method. Comparison between experimental data and the model prediction indicated that the two-step
consecutive reaction model can better describe the slow pyrolysis of walnut shell as the formation of an intermediate during
the pyrolysis process was taken into account.
The radiochemical method has been used for investigation of the adsorption of radium on eighteen inorganic ion exchangers. The distribution coefficient of radium obtained are as follows: barite 2955, celestite 2420, BaSO4 4350, BaCrO4 5245, Ba3(PO4)2 5775, MnO2·nH2O 1681, La2O3·nH2O 4150, Zerolit S/F 2920, etc.