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Sustained Reaction-Diffusion Waves and Stationary Structures in an Open Reactor

  • J. Boissonade
  • Q. Ouyang
  • A. Arneodo
  • J. Elezgaray
  • J. C. Roux
  • P. De Kepper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 244)

Abstract

A severe hindrance to the development of studies of chemical spatial structures is the lack of reliable open reactors to provide a permanent feed of fresh reactants and simultaneously preserve the diffusion process. The Bordeaux group has developed an original reactor which satisfies these prerequisites, namely the “Continuous Couette Flow Reactor”, made of a circular Couette flow fed at both ends by CSTRs. The tunable effective diffusion rate is much larger than common molecular diffusion rates allowing for large size reaction-diffusion structures. We report sequences of bifurcations between indefinitely sustained spatio-temporal structures exhibiting waves travelling back and forth as well as non-trivial stationary states obtained with a variant of the chlorite-iodide reaction. A simple dynamical model, analogous to those used in the description of excitable media, provides a good basis for a theoretical interpretation.

Keywords

Hopf Bifurcation Couette Flow Excitable Medium Continuous Stir Tank Reactor Slow Manifold 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Boissonade
    • 1
  • Q. Ouyang
    • 1
  • A. Arneodo
    • 1
  • J. Elezgaray
    • 1
  • J. C. Roux
    • 1
  • P. De Kepper
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal/CNRSUniversité de Bordeaux IPessacFrance

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