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Although kinetic is an essential topic in natural sciences and numerous engineering sciences, for most scientists and engineers it is not a matter of course to get into it. This is even true for researchers engaged in the fields of thermophysics. This fact surprises, because kinetic captures a wide spread field of applications which are of intrinsic interest for the thermo-physics community. Various measuring methods can be used to perform data bases not only for a basic description of material properties, but also to investigate different states of processing materials, specific to the transient thermal history and the material properties resulting there from.

During the 2nd HITEMP organized in Munich 2012 the necessity emerged to initiate the dissemination of basics, knowledge and experiences. A group of attendees decided to accept the suggestion from the editors of High Temperatures- High Pressures to prepare contributions for a special issue focusing on kinetic. On the one hand it was planned to start with some basics, guiding the reader to the topic and providing hints for further reading to interested colleagues. On the other hand papers should be published, exemplary for different applications for the methods of kinetic modelling.

Thus this issue starts with three contributions, giving more or the less basic information, showing different methods and possibilities to extend e.g. the application of thermo-physical measuring methods to the formulation of thermo- kinetic models, followed by four papers describing specific technological applications of the method. As interlink to the measuring techniques one paper explains how to apply thermo-kinetic to improve results of thermophysical measurements when processing materials are measured.

As a result of studying this issue the reader will learn when to use kinetic as a useful method, how to use different methods of kinetic modelling, and how to prepare a suitable data base to establish and formulate a kinetic model. Methods to distinguish different types of reaction paths just from the material response during measurement are explained. The reader will learn casually that there is no need to understand all details of the observed process at the beginning. But one will see that a kinetically based interpretation of the measured material response helps to learn a lot about the dominating processes. Last but not least this results in a much better understanding of the investigated material and the technological processes running to perform e.g. a specific material with its required material properties.

Wolfgang Hohenauer
Guest Editor

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