The Reaction Kinetics of Cyclopentadiene Dimerization using Differential Scanning Calorimetry: Experiments and Modelling

Siyang Gao, Sindee Simon

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The reaction kinetics of cyclopentadiene (CPD) dimerization is studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Both dynamic and isothermal reactions are investigated. The experimental data were fit to a second order autocatalyzed reaction, taking into account the effect of elevated pressure on concentration which results from heating the easily volatilized reactant mixture in a sealed DSC pan. The rate constants and associated activation energies are obtained from the kinetic model, as well as from a model-free method. The results from the modeling with and without pressure effects are compared with one another and literature data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-246
JournalThermochimica Acta
StatePublished - Aug 10 2014


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