Autocatalytic processes in mixing flows

Guy Metcalfe*, J. M. Ottino

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Simple kinetic models capture the propagation and evolution of patterns produced by competing autocatalytic processes occurring in chaotic flows. Changes in initial condition of a few percent lead to changes in the final product mix of 100%. This is due to transport and interaction along the intertwining manifolds. Examples include crystallization of chiral substances and bistable enzyme reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2875-2878
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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