Jul 16, 2015

Adiabatic (from Greek a- "not", –dia- "through, batos "passable") calorimetry is calorimetry in which no heat is exchanged with the surroundings.

#### Explanation:

A runaway reaction occurs when it produces heat faster than it loses heat.

The worst case is when the reaction occurs adiabatically, that is, without any heat exchange with its surroundings.

Any heat causes the temperature to rise and speeds up the reaction, producing even more heat.

An adiabatic calorimeter is designed to study these run-away reactions.