- Needham, D.J. and Leach, J.A. and Merkin, J.H., The effects of a complexation reaction on travelling wave-fronts in a quadratic autocatalytic system,
Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, vol. 58 no. 4
pp. 577 - 599 [hbi022] .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
A model which describes the effect that a complexation reaction can have on the propagation of reaction fronts in a quadratic autocatalytic system is considered. An initial-value problem is set up, which involves the (dimensionless) parameters K, the equilibrium constant for the complexation reaction, and σ the initial concentration of the complexing agent. This initial-value problem is analysed, with global existence and uniqueness being established. Numerical integrations indicate the formation of permanent-form travelling waves at large times. The equations that govern the travelling waves in the model are treated in detail. It is determined that there is a minimum propagation speed vmin lying in the range v0 equivalent 2/(1+σ) [less-than or equal to] vmin [less-than or equal to] 2, with the value v0 corresponding to the minimum speed derived from the linearization of the travelling wave equations. The existence of a curve C is established, which divides the (K, σ) parameter plane into two regions, one where vmin = v0 and one where vmin > v0 with waves propagating faster than their linearized speed in this region. The curve C is determined numerically together with the dependence of vmin on K and σ. © The Author 2005. Published by Oxford University Press; all rights reserved.
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