Conditions for Solvability in Chemical Reaction Networks at QuasiSteadyState
Abstract
The quasisteadystate assumption (QSSA) is an approximation that is widely used in chemistry and chemical engineering to simplify reaction mechanisms. The key step in the method requires a solution by radicals of a system of multivariate polynomials. However, Pantea, Gupta, Rawlings, and Craciun showed that there exist mechanisms for which the associated polynomials are not solvable by radicals, and hence reduction by QSSA is not possible. In practice, however, reduction by QSSA always succeeds. To provide some explanation for this phenomenon, we prove that solvability is guaranteed for a class of common chemical reaction networks. In the course of establishing this result, we examine the question of when it is possible to ensure that there are finitely many (quasi) steady states. We also apply our results to several examples, in particular demonstrating the minimality of the nonsolvable example presented by Pantea, Gupta, Rawlings, and Craciun.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 December 2017
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1712.05533
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1712.05533
 Bibcode:
 2017arXiv171205533S
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Dynamical Systems;
 Quantitative Biology  Quantitative Methods
 EPrint:
 25 pages, 3 figures