Effects of acetone on methyl ethyl ketone peroxide runaway reaction

Yan Fu Lin, Jo Ming Tseng, Tsung Chih Wu, Chi Min Shu

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Runaway reactions by methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKPO) are an important issue in Asia, due to its unstable structure and extensive heat release during upset situations. This study employed differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to draw the experimental data for MEKPO 31 mass% and with acetone 99 mass% on three types of heating rate of 2, 4, and 10 °C/min; the kinetic and safety parameters were then evaluated via curve fitting. Through the reproducible tests in each condition, the results show that acetone is not a contaminant, because it could increase the activation energy (Ea) and onset temperature (To) when combined with MEKPO, which differs from the hazard information of the material safety data sheet (MSDS).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1077
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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