Study of a Self Heating Process of Tetrafluoroethylene by the Exothermic Dimerization Reaction to Octafluorocyclobutane

M. Beckmann-Kluge[1], H. Krause[1], V. Schröder[1], A. Acikalin[2], and J. Steinbach[2]
[1]Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany
[2]Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Published in 2008

The self heating process of Tetrafluoroethylene caused by an exothermic dimerization reaction was studied. The heat of reaction can lead to a thermal explosion by the decomposition of the Tetrafluoroethylene.

Different reaction kinetics, including multistep kinetics, were used to describe the mass balance. The COMSOL Chemical Engineering Module was used to perform the simulation which was validated by experiments and yielded well-correlating results.