Comment on "Local accumulation times for source, diffusion, and degradation models in two and three dimensions" [J. Chem. Phys. 138, 104121 (2013)]

Ellery, Adam J., Simpson, Matthew J., & McCue, Scott W. (2013) Comment on "Local accumulation times for source, diffusion, and degradation models in two and three dimensions" [J. Chem. Phys. 138, 104121 (2013)]. Journal of Chemical Physics, 139(017101), pp. 1-2.

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In a recent paper, Gordon, Muratov, and Shvartsman studied a partial differential equation (PDE) model describing radially symmetric diffusion and degradation in two and three dimensions. They paid particular attention to the local accumulation time (LAT), also known in the literature as the mean action time, which is a spatially dependent timescale that can be used to provide an estimate of the time required for the transient solution to effectively reach steady state. They presented exact results for three-dimensional applications and gave approximate results for the two-dimensional analogue. Here we make two generalizations of Gordon, Muratov, and Shvartsman’s work:

(i) we present an exact expression for the LAT in any dimension and (ii) we present an exact expression for the variance of the distribution.

The variance provides useful information regarding the spread about the mean that is not captured by the LAT. We conclude by describing further extensions of the model that were not considered by Gordon,Muratov, and Shvartsman. We have found that exact expressions for the LAT can also be derived for these important extensions...

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ID Code: 60654
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mean action time, Local accumulation time, diffusion, degradation, partial differential equation
DOI: 10.1063/1.4811832
ISSN: 1089-7690
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Biological Mathematics (010202)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 AIP Publishing LLC
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2013 01:11
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 12:19

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