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Bowes, P.C. and Harris, J., 1967. THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF LAUROYL PEROXIDE. Fire Research Notes 684


The isothermal decomposition of lauroyl peroxide has been studied and compared with that of benzoyl peroxide. The results, together with an estimate of the heat of decomposition, are used to discuss the likelihood of thermal explosion in the transport and storage of lauroyl peroxide. It is concluded that the safety of the peroxide. in this respect, depends heavily on the existence of a long induction period for explosion which decreases very rapidly as the ambient temperature is increased.

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