Oxidation induction times (OIT) and oxidation
onset temperatures (OOT) of a low density polyethylene melt were evaluated in air using DSC. Good regression fits to OOT data were obtained using global values for the activation
energy (E) that are specific for each antioxidant but assumed independent of concentration. Gimzewski’s postulate that OIT and OOT correspond to the same level of antioxidant depletion was tested by attempting to predict OIT values from OOT generated model parameters. The deviations between predicted and experimental OIT values
were comparable in magnitude to the inherent scatter in the data. However, regression of the dynamic OOT data yielded statistically significant lower values for the activation energy
than are obtained by direct regression of isothermal data.