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Reaction Kinetics Analysis and Applications

Kinetics2015 is a GUI-based computer program for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 to derive chemical kinetic rate models from reaction data.   Features include a preprocessing section to adjust baselines, smooth the data, and cull excess points; an analysis section that fits a variety of linear regression and nonlinear regression models; and a data plotting section to display results and make predictions from the models for arbitrary thermal histories.       

Tutorial: Detailed example of how to run Kinetics2015.

Presentation 1: Principles of Kinetic Analysis for Condensed-Phase Thermal Decomposition (Burnham presentation October 2014). This presentation addressed Kinetics05, but it is equally applicable to Kinetics2015.

Presentation 2: Multistep and Distributed Models for Kinetic Analysis (Burnham ICTAC-NATAS, August 2016, Orlando, Florida).

Publications: Recent kinetics analysis publications.

Book: Global Chemical Kinetics of Fossil Fuels. How to Model Maturation and Pyrolysis, Alan K. Burnham (2017)

Data for Kinetics2015 analysis can be obtained from a variety of instruments (e.g., Rock Eval®, Pyromat®, SR Analyzer®, HAWK®, MSSV, TGA,  DTA, and DSC).

HAWK® (Wildcat Technologies) measurements on cores, drill cuttings or outcrop samples provides both TOC measurements and pyrolysis parameters (S1, S2, S3, S4, and Tmax). HAWK® is designed for use not only in a laboratory setting, but also as a mobile instrument to be transported for direct measurements on cores and drill cuttings at the well-site or near well-site. It is purposely designed for analytical data and presentation of results to assess both conventional and unconventional petroleum resources.