Often material safety data sheets refer to the thermal stability as an intrinsic property of a substance or mixture. In fact, this is an oversimplification of a concept that must be defined in a more comprehensive way.
Thermal stability testing aims at collecting reaction rate data and applying that data to assess whether a specified quantity of material can be used in a way such that runaway reactions are avoided. This is important when considering processing, long-term storage, or shipping of a material.
Accurate determination of safety parameters:
- Onset Temperature
- Kinetic Parameters
- Time to Maximum Rate
- Critical Temperature / Temperature of No Return
- Self Accelerating Decomposition Temperature