Kinetics Falsification by Symmetry Breaking. 2. Olefin Oxidation on a Platinum Wire

Moshe Sheintuch*, Judith Schmidt, Shlomo Rosenberg

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The multiplicity patterns of olefin oxidation, catalyzed by a Pt wire controlled to maintain a preset average temperature, are traced by varying the reactant concentrations and are mapped in the concentration plane. The similar bifurcation maps of ethylene and propylene oxidations exhibit regions of tristability and isolated branches in the directions of olefin and oxygen concentrations. Isobutylene oxidation exhibits mushroom-shaped bistability. Several features indicate the occurrence of symmetry breaking to form a partially ignited wire. Comparison of these results with the characteristic bifurcation maps of inhomogeneous solutions, drawn in part 1 of this work, shows that these complex patterns are induced by coupling of reactant inhibition with strong exothermicity. This work also develops an efficient methodology for fast tracing of all the multiplicity features of reacting systems. Bifurcation diagrams are traced automatically with a microcomputer-governed experimental system, and the continuity of features in the second and third dimensions is studied off-line to decide on further experimentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-960
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 1989
Externally publishedYes


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