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Linearly increasing temperature method
The method consists of increasing the sample temperature linearly with time from a value far below the normal temperature of the process to a high value, e.g. 300 - 500?C, the rate of change of the temperature (scan rate) is constant and where a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) device is used, it is usually fixed at a value of 4-10 K?min-1.
With a scanning mode experiment one can determine:
The heat release rate and the heat of reaction for both the desired and the decomposition reaction and a rough indication of the temperature range at which they are active. The total heat of all the exothermic reactions is the energy potential of the sample.