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Reaction Calorimetry (RC)

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Our UK laboratory generates thermal screening and reaction calorimetry test data for your hazardous materials or reactions. The Reaction Calorimetry Tool (RC) is used to accurately detect and identify potential reactive chemical hazards in processes.

Data from Reaction Calorimetry allows for accurate assessment of Chemical Reaction Hazards for a desired chemical reaction process. The outputs allow for the adequate design of process safety systems to take your process from lab or pilot plant scale to full production; with the confidence that the process has been assessed for potential hazards.

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Sigma-HSE is your single solution provider for a full range of thermal screening and calorimetry testing. Our dedicated team of experts are committed to helping you identify potential reactive chemical hazards in your processes.

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Frequently asked questions

What is your standard methodology?

Reaction Calorimetry is an industry standard tool for assessing Chemical Reaction Hazards for process scale-up. Method bespoke to the reaction under study.

Each test involves a bespoke developed method depending on the specific requirements of the chemical reaction to be studied.

What is the Reaction Calorimetry test?

The Reaction Calorimetry test consists of a well-instrumented apparatus with adaptable peripheral measurement and processing instruments. The reaction vessel holds modest volumes of material (~300 ml) allowing for highly representative mixtures of bulk reactions, and can study the accurate heat of reactions and kinetics for reagent additions. Reactions are performed under isothermal conditions, and by use of well calibrated equipment the heats of reactions are determined.

Either Heat-Flow-Calorimetry or Power Compensated Calorimetry methods can be used to detect temperature rises in the reaction mixture, and the mode is selected to which best suites the reaction to be studied.

What data can I get from the Reaction Calorimetry test?

The selection of different operational modes depends on material viscosities, exothermic magnitude and phase mixtures. Typical data outputs can include the following:

  • Heat of reaction
  • Heat of mixing/addition
  • Total adiabatic temperature rise
  • Gas generation quantification
  • Tempering temperature
  • Reaction kinetics information

What are benefits of the Reaction Calorimetry test?

Data from Reaction Calorimetry allows for accurate assessment of Chemical Reaction Hazards for a desired chemical reaction process.

The outputs allow for the adequate design of process safety systems to take your process from lab or pilot plant scale to full production; with the confidence that the process has been assessed for potential hazards.

How to get your materials tested

Receive quick and accurate testing data in just a few simple steps

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Get in touch with one of our experts so we can learn more about your specific process, unit operations and testing requirements. We'll then generate and send you a customised quote.

Prepare & ship

Prepare your material samples and ship them to one of our globally accredited laboratories (UK or India).

Analysis & Reports

Once we've received your samples, we'll begin testing and analysing. We'll then create and send you an actionable in-depth report detailing the potentially hazardous properties of your materials.

Post-project support

If you need support after receiving your report, our after-project support team will be on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.

Discover our range of chemical reaction hazard testing solutions

We also undertake the following thermal screening and calorimetry tests to simulate full scale process, and process upset conditions. ​

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Getting your hazardous materials tested is an important step to prevent fires, explosions and other process-related hazards. Get in touch to learn more about how we can assist you in keeping your process plant and unit operations safe from the risks of thermal runaway.
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