Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards

Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards

4th Edition - January 1, 1990

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  • Author: L. Bretherick
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483162508

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Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, Fourth Edition, has been prepared and revised to give access to a wide and up-to-date selection of documented information to research students, practicing chemists, safety officers, and others concerned with the safe handling and use of reactive chemicals. This will allow ready assessment of the likely potential for reaction hazards which may be associated with an existing or proposed chemical compound or reaction system. A secondary, longer-term purpose is to present the information in a way which will, as far as possible, bring out the causes of, and interrelationships between, apparently disconnected facts and incidents. This handbook includes all information which had become available to the author by April 1989 on the reactivity hazards of individual elements or compounds, either alone or in combination. It begins with an introductory chapter that provides an overview of the complex subject of reactive chemical hazards, drawing attention to the underlying principles and to some practical aspects of minimizing such hazards. This is followed by two sections: Section 1 provides detailed information on the hazardous properties of individual chemicals, either alone or in combination with other compounds; the entries in Section 2 are of two distinct types. The first type of entry gives general information on the hazardous behavior of some recognizably discrete classes or groups of the 4,600 or so individual compounds for which details are given in Section 1. The second type of entry concerns reactive hazard topics, techniques, or incidents which have a common theme or pattern of behavior involving compounds of several different groups, so that no common structural feature exists for the compounds involved.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Aims of the Handbook

    Scope and source coverage

    General arrangement

    Specific chemical entries (Section 1)

    Grouping of reactants

    General group entries (Section 2)


    Cross-reference system

    Information content of individual entries

    Reactive Chemical Hazards


    Kinetic factors

    Adiabatic systems

    Reactivity vs composition and structure

    Reaction mixtures

    Protective measures

    Cyclic Structural Formulae

    Section 1: Specific Chemicals

    (Elements and compounds arranged in formula order)

    Section 2: Classes, Groups and Topics

    (Entries arranged in alphabetical oder)

    Appendix 1 Source Title Abbreviations used in References

    Appendix 2 Tabulated Fire-related Data

    Appendix 3 Glossary of Abbreviations and Technical Terms

    Appendix 4 Index of Chemical Names and Synonyms used in Section 1

    Appendix 5 Index of Class, Group and Topic Titles used in Section 2

    Appendix 6 Index of Section 2 Titles Classified by Type

    Appendix 7 Index of CAS Registry Numbers vs Serial Numbers in Section 1

    Additional Contributions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 2054
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1990
  • Published: January 1, 1990
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483162508

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L. Bretherick

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