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About Smoke Grenades and Sugar Rockets

The most common formula for smoke grenades and sugar rocket fuel is $60\%\ \ce{KNO3}$ (potassium nitrate) and $40\%\ \ce{C12H22O11}$ (sugar). This is a 3:2 ratio, but I've also seen 2:1 and 5:3 with ...
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Reaction rate constants for methane combustion

I can't find a rate constant or activation energy for the methane combustion reaction given by: $$\ce{ CH4 + 2O2 -> CO2 + 2H2O}$$ Do all reactions have a rate constant? The NIST web site lists ...
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Sugar burning with the assistance of ash

If a plain pile of sugar (or a sugar cube) is heated with a torch, it just melts and gives off smoke. However, if some paper or wood ashes are added, it burns quite easily. What are the ingredients of ...
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Methylation of perchlorate

I am exploring (non-experimentally!) the methylation of a perchlorate precursor, either the acid or pre-existing salts, to produce the alkali methyl perchlorate. The methylating agent would be methane ...
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What is wrong with my enthalpy calculations?

I need to calculate the enthalpy of combustion for butane using bond formation energies. Thus I first balance the equation: $$\ce{C4H10 + 6.5 O2 -> 4 CO2 + 5 H2O}$$ Then, I calculate the total ...
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Why do branched hydrocarbons burn more efficiently (complete & clean combustion)?

Branched and cycled hydrocarbons usually a higher octane number than their straight chain counterparts. This is due to a more complete and clean (no residue) combustion. In addition, there is no ...
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Combustion of halo-organic compound

My question is based on the Preparatory Problem Set for the 47th IChO Problem 26 - Holy War against Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (it is on page 36). It is written that cooling of Y combustion ...
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Computing the turbulent flame length

There is a problem I found online for practice that I cannot solve: Problem Methane, $\ce{CH4}$, emerges from a $1\ \mathrm{cm}$ diameter nozzle at a rate of $120\ \mathrm{cm^3/s}$ and a mole ...
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Which (carbonaceous) fuels produce more or less soot in a diffusion flame, and how to predict that?

From what I've read, the production of soot in a flame is still an open research topic. But some hydrocarbon fuels produce much more soot than others. Are there (simple) rules that tell which fuels ...
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What happens when I divide two molar flow rates in a chemical equation?

I don't quite know how summarize my question in the title. I have a combustion process given by this equation: $$\ce{C10H22 + 15.5 O2 + 58.25 N2 -> 11 H2O + 10 CO2 + 58.25 N2}$$ This process ...
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ZnO spontaneous combustion during transport

I found your contact information researching $\ce{ZnO}$ reactions. I was hoping you could please help me or orient me in the right direction to find an answer to my problem. The company I work for ...
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Auto ignition of tert-butyl mercaptan mixed with mineral oil

I am designing an experiment that involves immersing pieces of pipe lining in a mixture of tert-butyl mercaptan (2 %) and white mineral oil (98 %) at 230 °C (the standard temperature for the test). If ...
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Why do nitrogen-containing organic compounds give N2 as the combustion product?

My teacher gave the explanation stating that consider that first the nitrogen in lower state is oxidised to $\ce{N2}$ and then the further oxidation would stop as the $\ce{N-N}$ bond energy of $\ce{N2}...
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Can old matches combust spontaneously?

I came upon this box of matches, it's probably from a little before 1900 and has significance for my family history, and I would like to add it to my "box o' historical items" but I'm concerned about ...
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Is it possible to have a negative overall activation energy for a whole reaction mechanism?

I am trying to find out correlation for ignition delay for alkane fuels. The activation energy part of the correlation gives me a negative value. For the ignition delay formulation, is it possible to ...
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Equation of combustion of heavy fuel oil (HFO)

We are researching the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) on ship vessels, but are having trouble finding the equation of the chemical combustion process of HFO. I understand that it contains long chains of ...
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How do fuel/oxidizer combustion mechanics change when the constituents are supercritical?

The problem to solve is this: I want to create a heat generator [or heat absorber] that functions at atmospheric pressure to the pressure at the bottom of the sea. It will be used to drive a Stirling ...
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Calculate work done by burning benzoic acid exposed to the free air

I'm self-studying and can't solve this problem in Ball's Physical Chemistry. Now, the errata shows that the answer in the book is not correct; still, I can not make sense of it. $(2.55)$ Benzoic acid,...
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Why won't my propane combust when I spark it?

I need to run an experiment and have some pretty basic questions. I'm trying to get combustion of propane in a controlled environment. I understand that that looks like this: $$\ce{C3H8 + 5O2 -> ...
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How much energy can be produced by burning sewage gas?

I am an eighth grader. I need to make a science project on the production of electricity from sewage. I know that almost sixty percent of sewage gas is Methane and most of the other constituents are ...
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Characterization of products of non-stoichiometric combustion

To give some background, I'm looking at this from an aerospace standpoint as to the calculation of the efficiency of a propellant reaction at a given oxidizer-fuel ratio. That efficiency is a ...
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How to define a flame in numerical combustion?

I am running a CFD simulation (computational fluid dynamics) opposed jet case, where a stream of fresh reactants is opposed to a stream of burnt products. I am looking at the effects of stratification ...
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Understanding the energy produced from oxidizing 1 kg of lithium

I am reading the following paper in preperation for a research project on the theoretical energy density of batteries: Lithium - Air Battery: Promise and Challenges and on the second page they ...
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Is white phosphorus really a cool burning fuel?

About 11 months ago, I posted a question on this SE site on cool flames. One of the answers mentioned white phosphorus. However, a few weeks earlier, I played a game called Spec Ops: The Lines, in ...
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Relationship between Equivalence Ratio and Adiabatic Flame Temperature for Fuel Rich Combustion

I'm reading a combustion text and would like help interpreting the following passage (diagram attached). It is regarding the relationship between equivalence ratio and adiabatic flame temperature: ...
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Verify heat produced by flame using enthalpy of fomation

I'm simulating using a CFD solver a pure oxygen/methane flame. However, I doubt that the combustion model does not produce enough heat. The heat from reaction is defined by $S_h=-\sum_{j} \frac{h_j^0}{...
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Where can I find the released combustion energy in NASA CEA rocket problem?

I am using NASA CEA program for a study project. I have read the CEA Nasa user's manual over and over, yet I haven't found an answer to my question which is : where can I found in the output of NASA ...
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Adiabatic flame temperature of hydrogen peroxide calculation

I will first demonstrate my cursory method for evaluating the adiabatic flame temperature of H2O2 at atmospheric pressure. $$\ce{H2O2 -> H2O + 0.5O2}$$ At $\pu{1200 K}$, \begin{align} h_\ce{...
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Ventilating combustion byproducts in water heaters

I'm designing a system which will heat up water by burning natural gas which is commonly available. I would like to have a slow flame because water will need to reach $\mathrm{70^\circ C}$ and stay ...
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Dioxin synthesis in a rocket stove riser?

I'm building a rocket stove for cooking with a wok at the top of the riser. At the top of the riser I'm seeing temperatures of 500-700 deg C, and I believe at the bottom it's likely under 1000 deg C (...
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What would happen if you burned paper with a laser, in a vacuum?

If you hit a piece of paper with a powerful laser inside a vacuum, what would happen? It sounds like it should not "burn" and have a flame spread over the paper, as there is, of course, no oxygen. ...
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Atomic carbon in rocket exhaust

Inspired by this article, I've been looking at using metallic hydrogen as a rocket fuel using CEARUN. I'm looking at diluting the atomic hydrogen with liquid methane to reduce the chamber temperature ...
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What governs the amount of smoke produced by an extinguished match?

First Chemistry question, so apologies if this isn't quite in the spirit of this SE. I have noticed that when extinguishing a lit match by blowing it out, the amount of smoke produced can vary widely....
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Rate equation of a radical

Consider the following elementary reaction mechanism where both the forward and reverse reaction mechanism are important $$\ce{CO + O2<->[1] CO2 + O}$$ $$\ce{O + H2O<->[2] OH + OH}$$ ...
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Does the ignition temperature of a substance decrease with the concentration of oxygen?

Is it possible for a substance to undergo combustion at a temperature lower than its ignition point if the concentration of oxygen increases?
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Why fire spreads out, depending on burning substance, with different speed?

In Action movies, I have seen a couple of times that if flammable gases or liquids like benzene are ignited, the fire spreads out within fraction of a second and sometimes there is also an explosion. ...
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Can I approximate the CO concentration of a combustion product, if I know the CO2 and O2 concentration?

Assume I have the product (exhaust gas) from a combusted air/petrol mix. The mixing ratio was richer than stoichiometric (i.e., air:fuel < 14.67 in this case), so there was no excess of oxygen. I ...
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Is brass combustible in high pressure oxygen environment?

Some metals are particularly ignitable in high pressure oxygen environments, like stainless steel and aluminum. Copper and nickel, on the other hand will self-extinguish when ignited. Does anyone know ...
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How to evaluate enthalpy variation of combustion of sucrose in a constant volume calorimeter?

Consider combustion reaction (with the formation of $H_2O$ and $CO_2$) of a mass $m$ of sucrose in a constant volume calorimeter with thermal capacity $C$. This reaction increases the temperature of $...
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What would be a suitable non-combustible lubricating oil or compound for a very high pressure air compression system?

This question came up at Engineering SE but remains unanswered. If we are compressing regular air, not nitrogen, what oil or compound can be used that would not combust with the oxygen in the air. ...
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Which one is the healthiest to operate a lantern with: kerosene, diesel or sunflower oil?

Given a lantern (originally made for kerosene) however, I'm looking for the fuel which is the safest for indoor use. I've already tried different kinds, and found three of them that burn just as ...
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Making solid fuel out of sugar

I recently tried to make a cheap solid fuel out of sugar. First I attempted burning the sugar cube directly, which did not work well even using a blowtorch. This was expected. Then I attempted to use ...
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Relating to combustion

Can i make a gel/liquid/any kind of solution which supports combustion but at the same time protect the surface from getting burnt? I wanted to light a log on fire using some kind of fuel which allows ...
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Combustibility of gas/carbon dioxide mix

Via electrolysis I produced an ethane/hydrogen/carbon dioxide mix. Normally, there is 1 part ethane, 1 part hydrogen and 2 parts carbon dioxide. If I simply used a Bunsen burner with air hole closed ...
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Viability of reduction of oil paint binder and solvent flammability upon disposal via addition of water

As an artist, when disposing of a paper towel or cotton rag containing oil paint, turpentine, odorless turpentine substitute or mineral spirits at the end of a painting session, I generally pour water ...
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rate of combustion of alcohols and hydrocarbons in relation to the number of carbons in the chain

I understand that the heat released when burning alcohols is greater as long as the number of carbons in the alcohol chain is increased (i.e the enthalpy of butanol is greater than propanol > ...
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Why is the heat of combustion of sulphur equal to the heat of formation of SO2 and not SO3

By definition the heat of combustion for compound is equal to the energy that is released on complete oxidation of one mole that substance to its highest oxidation state. In case of sulphur, online I ...
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Determining amount (in mols) of oxygen needed to fully combust coal

I'm trying to calculate the amount of oxygen needed to fully combust some coal. As an example, assume I have $\pu{1 kg}$ of coal which is, by mass fraction, 60% carbon ($\ce{C}$) 40% hydrogen ($\ce{...
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Combining enthalpies of formation and combustion in the context of Hess's law

I know that you can use enthalpy of combustion to work out formation, and Formation to work out enthalpy change. But can you use enthalpy of formation and combustion data is the same Hess's cycle to ...
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What is the result of the combustion of the mixture?

I prepared a little experiment about solid rocket propulsion. I have used water ($H_{2}O$), potassium nitrate ($KNO_{3}$) and saccharose ($C_{12}H_{22}O_{11}$). I made the mixture in a pan by cooking ...