Chemical Kinetics



In the previous chapter, we analyzed chemical reactions in the manner of thermodynamics—that is, by considering the before and after of a chemical reaction. This analysis did not consider the rate of change of states during the process. Nonetheless, thermodynamic analysis coupled with the chemical equilibrium considerations enabled us to evaluate useful quantities, such as the (a) equilibrium composition of the postulated products, (b) heat of reaction or the calorific value of a fuel, and (c) adiabatic flame temperature. In this chapter, the empirical science dealing with the rate of chemical reaction is introduced.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia

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