Flammability limits, explosion pressures, and applicability of Le Chatelier's rule to binary alkane–nitrous oxide mixtures

Yusuke Koshiba, Takashi Hasegawa, Bongchan Kim, Hideo Ohtani

    Abstract

    This study investigates the flammability limits and explosion pressures of alkane–alkane–nitrous-oxide (N2O) mixtures and corresponding alkane–alkane–O2 mixtures at an initial pressure of 101.3 kPa and an initial temperature of approximately 20 °C. In addition, the present study assesses whether Le Chatelier's rule holds for binary alkane mixtures in N2O. In this study, methane (CH4), ethane (C2H6), propane (C3H8), n-butane (C4H10), and n-pentane (C5H12) were used as fuels. The results clearly indicated that the lower and upper flammability limits of binary alkane–N2O mixtures are smaller than those of the corresponding binary alkane–O2 mixtures. Furthermore, Le Chatelier's formula successfully predicted the lower and upper flammability limits of binary alkane mixtures in N2O.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries
    Volume45
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2017 Jan 1

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    Alkanes
    Explosions
    Nitrous Oxide
    Paraffins
    Flammability
    Oxides
    Propane
    Ethane
    Methane
    Temperature
    Butane

    Keywords

    • Alkane
    • Explosion pressure
    • Flammability limit
    • Gas explosion
    • Le Chatelier's rule
    • Nitrous oxide

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Food Science
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Management Science and Operations Research
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Flammability limits, explosion pressures, and applicability of Le Chatelier's rule to binary alkane–nitrous oxide mixtures. / Koshiba, Yusuke; Hasegawa, Takashi; Kim, Bongchan; Ohtani, Hideo.

    In: Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Vol. 45, 01.01.2017, p. 1-8.

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    Koshiba, Yusuke; Hasegawa, Takashi; Kim, Bongchan; Ohtani, Hideo / Flammability limits, explosion pressures, and applicability of Le Chatelier's rule to binary alkane–nitrous oxide mixtures.

    In: Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Vol. 45, 01.01.2017, p. 1-8.

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