Autodecomposition

The sustained decomposition of a substance without introduction of any other apparent ignition source besides thermal energy and without air or other oxidants present. Autodecomposition is the result of a thermal self-decomposition reaction for given initial conditions (temperature, pressure, volume) at which the rate of heat evolution exceeds the rate of heat loss from the reacting system, thus resulting in an increasing reaction temperature and reaction rate. CCPS 1995b