A natural graphite recommended for use in nuclear applications was analyzed using thermogravimetric analysis. The oxidation behaviour was unlike that expected for flake-like particles. The dynamic data displayed an apparent bimodal reaction rate curve as a function of temperature and degree of conversion. Nevertheless, it was possible
to model this behaviour with a single rate constant, i.e. without the need for a parallel reaction type of kinetic mechanism. The approach used in this paper tomodel the gas–solid reaction of graphite and oxygen, provides a consistent framework to test the validity of complementary isothermal and non-isothermal data for a specific solid state reaction.