Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1988, 53, 1181-1197

Certain problems with the application of stochastic diffusion processes for description of chemical engineering phenomena; Kolmogorov and classic diffusion equations

Vladimír Kudrna

Department of Chemical Engineering, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6


The paper presents alternative forms of partial differential equations of the parabolic type used in chemical engineering for description of heat and mass transfer. It points at the substantial difference between the classic form of the equations, following from the differential balances of mass and enthalpy, and the form following from the concept of stochastic motion of particles of mass or energy component. Examples are presented of the processes that may be described by the latter method. The paper also reviews the cases when the two approaches become identical.