A Kinetic Model for the Polymerization and Decomposition of Acrylonitrile

Conclusions that can be drawn from this presentation include: The presence of sodium hydroxide and ammonia will greatly accelerate the reaction of AN with HCN, AN Polymerization, and HCN polymerization. Small amounts of sodium hydroxide and ammonia present a significant safety hazard. We have developed a working model based on 21 calorimetry data sets that can be used to assess the effectiveness of existing relief systems in case of contamination and/or fire exposure to vessels containing mixtures of AN/HCN.

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