A literature survey was carried out to collect and evaluate test methods and test data on hazardous materials which undergo self-decomposition. Some thermal tests are regarded as valuable because they give quantitative data indicating the limit of thermal stability for specified materials. With the assistance of the CHETAH predictive scheme, a hazard evaluation was conducted on a selected group of compounds normally considered safe. Results showed a tendency to identify these safe materials as hazardous so as not to err in evaluating a truly hazardous compound. In a study of accidental polymerization of bulk chemicals, free radical polymerization involving olefins was considered the polymerization process most likely to occur inadvertently during transport. A calorimetric test procedure appeared to offer the promise of yielding data from which an unambiguous reactivity scale could be developed. The test procedure should have a firm relationship to the theory of thermal explosion.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated June 1974, COM-74-11658.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Bureau of Standards

    Physical Chemistry Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20234

    Department of Transportation

    Office of Hazardous Materials Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Domalski, E S
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 160 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NBSIR-76-1149 Final Rpt., DOT/MTB/OHMO-76/6
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1977 12:00AM