Using CSP to Understand Complex Chemical Kinetics

S. H. Lam

Abstract

The conventional methods of simplified kinetics modeling through the use of partial-equilibrium and quasi-steady approximations are reviewed and critiqued. The method of computational singular perturbation (CSP) is then presented with special emphasis on the interpretation of CSP data to obtain physical insights on massively complex reaction systems. A simple example is used to demonstrate how CSP deals with complex chemical kinetics problems without the benefits of intuition and experience.

published in Combustion Science and Technology 89, 5-6, pp.375-404, 1993.

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