On the unification of the thermal and chain theories of explosion limits

B. F. Gray*, C. H. Yang

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A theory of explosions is developed which contains, as special cases, both the thermal theory and the isothermal chain theory of Semenoff. It contains qualitative features not present in either theory but under special circumstances reduces to each. Two illustrative applications are discussed in a general manner. Phase plane analysis, particularly suited to systems with only one important intermediate, is used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2747-2750
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1965
Externally publishedYes


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