When an isothermal autocatalytic reaction
takes place in a constant-volume, perfectly mixed, flow-through reactor, the steady-state concentration of reactant
leaving the reactor can be manipulated by changing the flow rate and catalyst concentration. In this Demonstration we show how the output concentration of the reactant
varies with changes in flow rate (
), inlet catalyst concentration (
) and initial concentration of reactant
in the reactor. Up to three steady states are possible, but at most, two are stable. By varying the reactor parameters, the user can find the basin of attraction for stable steady states. The reactor parameters are expressed in terms of suitable dimensionless variables.