Investigation of Front Propagation in an Electrochemical System: Experiments and Numerical Simulations

G. Flätgen, K. Krischer, G. Ertl
1995 Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung A-A Journal of Physical Sciences  
AbstractWe examined the spatio-temporal behavior of an electrochemical system in the bistable regime, in which the system might take on either a high current density state (active) or a low current density state (passive) at one value of the externally applied voltage. The transition from the passive to the active state is accompanied by accelerating fronts with sharp interfaces, whereas the reverse transition from the active to the passive state exhibits much smoother spatial variations. Also
more » ... he evolution of the total current density displays qualitative differences in the two cases. Both, the differences of the spatial patterns as well as those of the total current densities are reproduced with a mathemati­cal model, which also reveals the origin of the asymmetry of the transitions: a global coupling, intrinsic in all electrochemical systems, in combination with the specific dependence of the reaction current on the electrode potential.
doi:10.1515/zna-1995-1205 fatcat:dbiwyroo7ve3vds7yrvah7inyy