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Complex Operational and Organizational Problems

PROJECT: Optimized Chemical Reactions Involving Chemical Kinetics

Dr. Dean S. Hartley III

Project Metadata Keywords
Label Name Other Year DurationYrs
Client Deering Milliken Research Corp Milliken & Co.
Dates 1978 0.25
Employer Milliken Inc
Partner N/A
Chemical kinetics
Industrial issues
Science, Math and Medicine
Statistical inference


Chemical kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical processes.  Since many chemical reactions are reversible, it is important to understand the conditions that influence the speeds of the reactions to maximize the concentrations of the desired products of the processes.  In complex reactions, determining the rate constants can be difficult.


An important observation was that the basic equations were linear in the logarithms of the concentrations.  This project used statistical inference to determine rate constants from experimental results to support decisions on setting the conditions for maximum outputs.

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