Scale-up of reactive systems and characterization of hazardous materials

Experimental assessment of hazardous chemical reactions and scale up of industrial processes

  • Determination of the heat evolved and the pressure developed during an uncontrolled exothermic runaway reaction
  • Low phi-factor testing
  • Scale up of reactive processes and hazard assessment

Key data obtained:

  • Exothermic ‘onset’ temperature
  • Heat release (or temperature rise)
  • Pressure increase
  • Kinetic data
  • Determination of venting behaviour (gassy, vapour, hybrid)
  • Determination of flow regime (two-phase or single phase)
  • Support to emergency relief venting sizing
Adiabatic decomposition performed on BPO (15% wt solution in toluene)

Research group
Prof. Gabriele Landucci, Dr. Federica Barontini, Prof. Cristiano Nicolella


Regione Toscana (Bando Unico R&S n.2009DUA/526090469/1).

Main publications:

  • Barontini, F., Landucci, G., Bimbi, M., Graziano, G., Nicolella, C. Thermal hazard analysis of organic peroxides by adiabatic calorimetry (2017) Chemical Engineering Transactions, 57, pp. 415-420.
  • Landucci, G., Lovicu, G., Barontini, F., Guidi, L., Nicolella, C. Safety issues related to the maintenance operations in a vegetable oil refinery: A case study (2014) Journal of Loss Prevent ion in the Process Industries, 30 (1), pp. 95-104.
  • Landucci, G., Pelagagge, L., Nicolella, C. Analysis of maintenance and storage operations in edible oil plants: Formation of flammable mixtures (2012) Chemical Engineering Transactions, 26, pp. 33-38.
  • Landucci, G., Pannocchia, G., Pelagagge, L., Nicolella, C. Analysis and simulation of an industrial vegetable oil refining process (2013) Journal of Food Engineering, 116 (4), pp. 840-851.
  • Landucci, G., Nucci, B., Pelagagge, L., Nicolella, C. Hazard assessment of edible oil refining: Formation of flammable mixtures in storage tanks (2011) Journal of Food Engineering, 105 (1), pp. 105-111.