Residence time

In chemical engineering, residence time, symbol τ (tau), is the average length of time a particle of reactant spends within a process vessel or in contact with a catalyst. [1] In human chemical reaction engineering, such as in the pairing and design of matching human molecules (people) within the algorithmic structure of a science-based online matching site, residence time is the number of days or months a "single" person spends inside a continuous flow algorithmic reactor, as a paying subscriber, before leaving, either single or attached in the form a dihumanide molecule.

References
1. Licker, Mark D. (2003). Dictionary of Engineering, 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

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