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Automatic estimation of pressure-dependent rate coefficients

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A general framework is presented for accurately and efficiently estimating the phenomenological pressure-dependent rate coefficients for reaction networks of arbitrary size and complexity using only high-pressure-limit information. Two aspects of this framework are discussed in detail. First, two methods of estimating the density of states of the species in the network are presented, including a new method based on characteristic functional group frequencies. Second, three methods of simplifying the full master equation model of the network to a single set of phenomenological rates are discussed, including a new method based on the reservoir state and pseudo-steady state approximations. Both sets of methods are evaluated in the context of the chemically-activated reaction of acetyl with oxygen. All three simplifications of the master equation are usually accurate, but each fails in certain situations, which are discussed. The new methods usually provide good accuracy at a computational cost appropriate for automated reaction mechanism generation.

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2011, accepted on 27 Oct 2011 and first published on 07 Dec 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22765C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 1131-1155
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    Automatic estimation of pressure-dependent rate coefficients

    J. W. Allen, C. F. Goldsmith and W. H. Green, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 1131
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP22765C

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