A modified Oregonator model exhibiting complicated limit cycle behavior in a flow system

Kenneth Showalter*, Richard M. Noyes, Kedma Bar-Eli

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Abstract

A reversible Oregonator model has been used to simulate recent experimental measurements by Schmitz, Graziani, and Hudson of complicated oscillations by a Belousov-Zhabotinsky system in a stirred tank reactor. The experimental observations indicate chaotic behavior of the small amplitude oscillations occurring between major excursions, but our computer simulation with a small error parameter apparently generates a true limit cycle with six relative maxima before the pattern repeats. The differences between experiment and simulation suggest the chaotic behavior observed experimentally may result from fluctuations too small to measure in any other way. The computations also indicate that reversibility of the reaction of bromate with bromide is important in a continuously stirred tank reactor under conditions such that the (unstable) steady state has a very low concentration of bromide ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2514-2524
Number of pages11
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume69
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978

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