Chapter 4. Chemical Reaction Equilibrium

  1. Bruce A. Finlayson

Published Online: 8 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0471776688.ch4

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing

How to Cite

Finlayson, B. A. (2006) Chemical Reaction Equilibrium, in Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471776688.ch4

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 FEB 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471740629

Online ISBN: 9780471776680



  • Gibbs free energy;
  • van't Hoff equation;
  • equilibrium constant;
  • and heat of reaction;
  • Excel commands ‘Goal Seek’ and ‘Solver’;
  • MATLAB commands ‘fzero’ and ‘fsolve’ and ‘fminsearch’;
  • Aspen Plus block RGibbs;
  • NRTL


Chemical reaction equilibrium is explained using the Gibbs free energy, van't Hoff equation, equilibrium constant, and heat of reaction. The equilibrium of the water gas shift reaction is solved using Excel, MATLAB, and Aspen Plus.