Breakdown of a stationary solution to the Nernst-Planck-Poisson equations

Isaak Rubinstein, Lee A. Segel

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This report shows an oscillatory instability, at sufficiently high voltage, of a representative steady solution to equations describing the passage of current through an unstirred layer of electrolyte adjacent to an ideal cation exchange membrane. This instability may be the harbinger of further "turbulent-like" transitions that correspond to observed unsteadiness at high voltages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-940
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 2: Molecular and Chemical Physics
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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