A stability analysis is presented of the hydrolysis of methyl isocyanate (MIC) using a homogeneous flow reactor
paradigm. The results simulate the thermal runaway that occurred inside the storage tank of MIC at the Bhopal Union
Carbide plant in December 1984. The stability properties of the model indicate that the thermal runaway may have
been due to a large amplitude, hard thermal oscillation initiated at a subcritical Hopf bifurcation. This type of thermal
misbehavior cannot be predicted...[Show more]
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