Questions tagged [combustion]

For questions about the combustion of an organic molecule or inorganic substance. Do not use this tag if your question is about the [stoichiometry] of a combustion reaction, or for the calculations of [thermodynamics] functions (like enthalpy change).

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Do all flames require the same minimum concentration of oxygen to sustain themsleves?

Assume you have burned some substance A in an airtight container until the fire goes out due to insufficient oxygen. You then place some burning substance B in the container through an airlock. Are ...
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Carbon emission in absence of oxygen [closed]

When wood is pyrolysed in absence of air is $\ce{CO2}$ emitted. If yes why is it not combustible?
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What substances are hypergolic with liquid O2?

If something flammable is surrounded just by oxygen, I should see flame, right? The object would be even surrounded by more molecules than in the case of gas oxygen. On the youtube I see that people ...
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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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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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Why do highly branched alkanes have higher octane numbers than their corresponding linear isomer?

The octane number of fuels are based on a set of primary reference fuels, which are mixtures of iso-octane and n-heptane. Now iso-octane being branched alkane has very less tendency to react and given ...
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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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Why are lower alcohols less flammable than their corresponding alkanes?

How to compare the general trend in amount of combustion in lower alcohols? (upto five/six carbons) Does the branching or straight chain have any effect on combustion?
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Heat of Combustion

Methanol ($\ce{CH3OH}$) is regarded by many chemists as a possible liquid fuel for the future. The combustion of methanol occurs according to the equation: $$\ce{2CH3OH(g) + 3O2(g) -> 2CO2(g) + ...
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Molar heat of combustion with different fuels

I'm not sure exactly how to attack this question, I'm sure that you have to use equations such as $$Q=mc\,\Delta T$$ $$n=\frac{M}{m}$$ But I don't know where to use them. Any help would be ...
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Why doesn't this question violate the conservation of mass?

Combustion of of $0.255 \space g$ of isopropyl alcohol produces $0.561 \space g$ of $\ce{CO_2}$ and $0.306 \space g$ of $\ce{H_2O}$. Determine the emperical formula of isopropyl alcohol. I'm not ...
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Why doesn't the carbon dioxide produced by a fire put out said fire?

Carbon dioxide ($\ce{CO2}$) is used in some fire extinguishers to put out fire, but a combustion reaction itself produces $\ce{CO2}$. Why do we get fire then? $$\ce{CH4 + O2 -> CO2 + H2O}$$ Why ...
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More effective fire extinguisher liquid than water

I join robot fire fighting contest. One of the mission is to extinguish candle by spraying it with liquid (water is default option). For spray mechanism I use pump with Venturi effect principle. Is ...
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Polluting agents generated by road traffic in a city [closed]

I want to measure the air quality according to road traffic in a city. What are the polluting agents (generated by fuel combustion) strictly related and generated by road vehicles that is worth ...
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Can glucose burn in chlorine?

Chlorine is an oxidizing agent, so could it replace oxygen? If so, what would be the products, and how much energy would such reactions release? Do any other carbohydrates burn in chlorine? I cannot ...
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Colored Flames Experiment

I am going to be doing a gender reveal for my sister's pregnancy. To do this, we wanted to light a huge fire pit and throw in a chemical to change the fire into the color (red/pink for girl, blue/...
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Can the pyrophoric tendencies of a pyrophoric substance be suppressed in a pressurized environment?

It's common knowledge that the pressure of an environment influences many properties of a substance, like the melting point, boiling point, or triple point. Pyrophoric substances ignite spontaneously ...
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Combustion at 298K

Question: (source IITJEE 1992) An aliphatic thiol undergoes combustion at 298K to give carbon dioxide, water and sulfur dioxide. What are the physical states of the products?(solid/liquid/gas) I ...
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How can we separate carbon monoxide from wood gas?

I am thinking about using open source wiki designs from allpowerlabs to construct a wood gas generator. The motivation came from experiencing a 10 day power outage after super storm Sandy. The ...
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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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What chemical can cause such a fire? [closed]

A friend of mine who thinks that she is under influence of black magic met an astrologer. The astrologer asked her to wear a t-shirt for three nights and then bring that to him. The astrologer then ...
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Can oxidation of hydrogen happen in room temperature? [duplicate]

Here is my explanation about the reaction between hydrogen or methane and oxygen. Hydrogen molecules and oxygen molecules can collide sucessfully and react if they have enough energy. In room ...
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How do you work out the amount of energy which will be released when a substance undergoes combustion in a pure oxygen environment [closed]

For instance, if we have an abundance of pure Oxygen and one kilogram of Hydrogen and all the Hydrogen reacts with the Oxygen to form H20, how do you work out the amount of energy which will be ...
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Can carbon monoxide from a floor-heater in a poorly ventilated room eventually be ignited by the fire and explode?

I have often wondered about carbon monoxide accidents caused by free-standing heaters burning in a poorly ventilated room causing fatalities. I am aware that CO is explosive between 12 and 75% volume ...
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Carbon tetraradical

I was just reading through Reactions: The private life of atoms by Peter Atkins and I noticed that in Chapter 3, the chapter on the combustion reaction, the author writes: As we watch we see $\ce {...
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Would the concentration of oxygen around fire increase as we get close to the fire (from the outside)

Since fire require oxygen, wouldn't a fire, like those in the American forest along west coast, constantly draws in oxygen from around? And if that is so, would the concentration of oxygen around the ...
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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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Are all highly shock sensitive chemicals highly temperature sensitive too?

I found that some highly shock sensitive explosives like lead azide, mercury fulminate have a relatively high auto-ignition temperature. I want to know if it's a general property or not and why so? ...
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Why are some materials more flammable than others? [closed]

Wood and oil are flammable materials, but water isn't. Moreover, flames spread a lot faster in oil than in a piece of paper. What is the reason that it is so? I also don't know why a small flame can ...
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Propane-water molar ratio [closed]

Propane gas, $\ce{C3H8}$, burns in oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and water vapour as follows: $$\ce{C3H8 (g) + 5O2 (g) = 3 CO2(g) + 4 H2O (g) + \pu{2200 kJ}}$$ If $\pu{1.5 mol}$ of propane is ...
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Magnesium combustion heat [closed]

When you are going to burn magnesium you need to wait a few seconds before it actually starts to burn. To get to this point it needs a certain amount of energy/heat. How much does it need?
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How can pressure build up in an equimolar gaseous reaction? [closed]

To make the question concrete, if you conduct a reaction like $\ce{H2 + Cl2 -> 2HCl}$ in a stoppered test tube, the stopper will aggressively pop off (or the glass will shatter) despite the fact ...
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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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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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Why does old gasoline seem to have more “kick”?

From my personal experience, old gasoline (leftover in a container from the previous year) has more "kick" (power) when I actually use it. Higher idle RPM, higher throttle sensitivity. It says here ...
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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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Oxygen required to burn carbon [closed]

What volume of oxygen at standard temperature and pressure (STP) is required to burn $2.4 \,\rm{g}$ of carbon to completion?
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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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Is a combustion necessarily a redox-reaction or can there be exceptions?

I have a feeling that I have heard of an exception - either based on the material or the oxidizer.
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Finding average Mr of a gaseous mixture

A 2 g mixture of cyclohexanol, acetone and pentanal is completely burnt in oxygen. When the gaseous product is passed through $\ce{P2O5}$, the mass of $\ce{P2O5}$ increased by 1.998 g. Find the ...
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Spontaneous combustion of sulfur in a steel barrel

Got some free sulfur. Went to the site, and they put a pallet with 3 barrels on it. One of the barrels was badly corroded, but looked like I could get it home. I had plastic barrels at home that I ...
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What is the difference between ignition temperature and flash point?

I am trying to clarify this for Class 8 Science. Their textbook says "It is the lowest temperature at which a substance catches fire". However, it does not clarify whether it is on its own or due to ...
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Is the flame temperature of a burning fuel affected by pre-heating the fuel?

This page on Adiabatic temperatures helpfully lists the theoretical maximum temperatures that flames will reach under certain conditions for a number of fuels. They assume initial atmospheric ...
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Understanding smoke chemistry of tobacco and/or marijuana

In an effort to understand the effects of tobacco vs marijuana smoke on health, the chemistry of smoking plants, and remembering some of the chemistry I took in college, I came across a 2007 study ...
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In a jet or internal combustion engine that burns hydrogen as a fuel, what would happen if you replaced the hydrogen with deuterium? [closed]

Would it increase the power of the jet engine due to heavier atoms being exhausted out the back? For the same reason would it slow down an internal combustion engine?
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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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Can hydrogen alone be used as a fuel? [duplicate]

I have always thought that fuel such as petrol, diesel, etc.. are getting burnt to move the pistons in the car (I am not bringing physics). Why not hydrogen be used as a fuel but I know the incident ...
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Is there a flame which doesn't produce smoke?

I read a book where it states the following: There are many types of flame and there are even flames which don't produce smoke. After reading it, it just got stuck in my mind. Is there a flame ...
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Is graphene a combustible material?

Various sources such as https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7679154 speculate that graphene will combust at higher temperatures. Is this true? Is the flash point/ temperature of combustion for ...
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Why is the enthalpy of combustion higher for n-butane as compared to 2-methylpropane?

N-butane has an enthalpy of formation of $\pu{-125.6 kJ/mol}$, whereas it is $\pu{-134.2kJ/mol}$ for 2-methylpropane. When comparing the heat set free at the combustion process, why is it higher for n-...

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