Journal of Mathematical Chemistry

, Volume 50, Issue 9, pp 2492–2511 | Cite as

Determining calcium carbonate neutralization kinetics from experimental laboratory data

  • Lorenzo Fusi
  • Alessandro Monti
  • Mario Primicerio
Original Paper


In the framework of a research aimed at estimating the performance and lifetime of porous filters filled with marble powder and used to neutralize acid waters, we propose a mathematical model for determining the calcium carbonate reaction kinetics from some experimental data. In particular we show how to determine the order of the reaction and the reaction rate when calcium carbonate is immersed in a HCl solution. These parameters are evaluated by means of a fitting procedure based on least square methods. The experiments are performed using CaCO3 in the form of a slab and powder and measuring (by means of BET analysis) the specific reaction surface.


Neutralization Mathematical modelling Calcium carbonate Reaction kinetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorenzo Fusi
    • 1
  • Alessandro Monti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mario Primicerio
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Matematica “Ulisse Dini”Università degli Studi di FirenzeFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.I2T3, Innovazione Industriale Tramite Trasferimento Tecnologico Associazione OnlusPolo Scientifico Sesto Fiorentino (FI)Sesto FiorentinoItaly

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