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Application of Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE’s) in Reaction Engineering: Review

Chandrakumar Bhimraoji Mohod


In chemical engineering, dynamic process models, based on conservation laws have become an indispensable tool for the development of new processes and the improvement of existing ones. Multiple reactions with heat effects in CSTRs and PFRs are either operated adiabatically or have co-current or countercurrent heat exchangers. Such high-complexity problems can be easily solved using simulation software. The latter also allows getting solutions of ODE systems easily. Reaction engineering is now applied over a vast range of new and emerging fields such as biological systems (fermentation and enzymatic reactors), electrochemical systems (fuel cells), combustion processes (furnaces), pharmacokinetics, chemical and environmental engineering. As new technologies are emerging, the fundamentals of reaction engineering will continue to be applied and make substantial contributions. Present work reviews the application of ODEs in reaction engineering that can be implemented by using numerical techniques and can be simulated using different simulation software, which can be useful to student, academicians, research scholar and industry in point of understanding.

Keywords: differential equations, errors, modeling, numerical method, reactors

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