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Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 2nd Edition by H. Scott Fogler

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3. Rate Laws

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Overview. In Chapter 2, we showed that if we knew the rate of reaction as a function of conversion, – rA = f(X), we could calculate reactor volumes necessary to achieve a specified conversion for flow systems and the time to achieve a given conversion in a batch system. Unfortunately, one is seldom, if ever, given – rA = f(X) directly from raw data. Not to fear, in the next two chapters we will show how to obtain the rate of reaction as a function of conversion. This relationship between reaction rate and conversion will be obtained in two steps.

• In Step 1, described in this ...

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