Bounding chemical reactor transients by estimation of growth or decay rates



If the transient equations of a plug flow tubular reactor are transformed into a set of corresponding ordinary differential equations, stability information for the former may be obtained graphically from knowledge about the transients of the latter. The analysis presented in this paper combines this simplification with the definitions and theorems of Weiss and Infante to propose a method of direct computation whereby transient bounds may be found for this important class of distributed-parameter chemical reactor systems.