How To: Analyze Isothermal Data Of OIT (Oxidation Induction Time) And Create OIT Predictions


For each isothermal measurement the time-to-event value is important: this is the time point at which the material has defined changes.

Typical examples are:

  •  OIT (Oxidation Induction Time) –the time of oxidation start for material stored in air;
  • rupture of the sample under mechanical stress like in isothermal DMA tests;
  • initial part of thermal degradation of packages with mass loss about 5-10%.

From each measurement the pair of values are taken for analysis:

  1. temperature,
  2. time-to-event.

Analysis shows graphic Log of time-to-event vs inverse temperature as the straight line. Activation energy and pre-exponential are found from the slope and intersect of this line.

Advantage of this method:

  • No entire measurement required, just the time-to-event.

Disadvantages of this method:

  • only one-step reactions, for complex reactions the points are not on the straight line;
  • only for the set of several isothermal measurements;
  • only one point is evaluated, all other information is lost.

Method Source: ASTM 2070, Method D.

Analysis Of Time-To-Event Data Like OIT

Create Kinetics Neo Project for Isothermal OIT Analysis

Create new project of DSC type. For other events like TGA or DMA another project type can be created.

1. Start the Kinetics Neo software. Click on the blue "File" tab to open the application menu.

2. In blue Application Menu select New and click on "DSC".

3. IMPORTANT - Return back in order to input data manually. Click on "Back" button on the top left side.

4. Add the first data point: isothermal temperature and corresponding OIT time.

In the left tree select Project --> Analysis --> Model-Free --> Isothermal Arrhenius and press Add point in Properties panel:

5. Type temperature 230°C and time 16.4 min .

6. Using Add point please add three additional the time-to event values for temperatures:

  • 220°C - 35 min,
  • 240°C - 8.2 min,
  • 250°C - 4.1 min

and press Show Chart:

7. Click on Analysis button to calculate Arrhenius plot and kinetics parameters:

Here the activation energy is calculated from the slope of Arrhenius graph, and Pre-exponential factor is calculated under the assumption of the first-order reaction and 5% conversion at the OIT point.

8. Now these kinetic parameters belong to Isothermal Arrhenius model and can be used for any predictions.

For example, isothermal predictions for 220°C, 230°C, 240°C and 250°C by Isothermal Arrhenius model show 5% of conversion at 4,8,and 16 minutes correspondently:

Here the Conversion curves type is selected and then zoomed from 0 to 5%.

Isothermal Lifetime Prediction

Prediction For Oxidation Induction Time

1. Please open sample Kinetics Neo project OIT_Data.kinx and in left tree select Model Free --> Isothermal Arrhenius in order to show experimental OIT data.

These are four experiments at temperatures 230°C, 230°C, 240°C and 250°C with measured oxidation induction time (OIT) for each of these temperatures. Click on Analysis in order to see Arrhenius plot for these data.

This model Isothermal Arrhenius can be used for the isothermal Lifetime predictions in order to predict time-to-event (OIT) for other temperatures.

In the left tree select Simulation Prediction Isothermal Lifetime. Then in drop down model menu select Isothermal Arrhenius , set Minimal Temperature to 220°C, Maximal Temperature to 250°C, press Calculate.

Now we see the same Arrhenius plot like in Step 1. But here each point is simulated.

If we want to find OIT time at 200°C, then we should write minimal Temperature=200°C, and the time, which is long enough to reach OIT at lower temperature.

The last point shows OIT time for isothermal measurement 200°C. This means that OIT for 200°C is almost 3 hours.

In order to see the predicted time values, please click on Export Data button on the toolbar.