Reaction Paths of Wei-Prater Complex Reaction Networks

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Consider the following complex reaction network, called the Wei–Prater mechanism: .


The relevant equations are the following:




where is the rate constant of reaction and is a constant equal to the total concentration of all species for .

The Demonstration displays parametric plots (i.e., versus for different initial conditions) referred to as reaction paths. The system's steady state is shown with a blue dot; all reaction paths converge to this point. Users can set the different values of the rate constants, keeping in mind that they must obey the microscopic reversibility rule: .


Contributed by: Housam Binous and Ahmed Bellagi (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



G. F. Froment and K. B. Bischoff, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, 2nd ed., New York: Wiley, 1990.

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