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Name: Tammy F.
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Age: 20s
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Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002


Question:
Why exactly is the oil from an orange peel flammable? What is the composition of this orange oil?


Replies:
Tammy,

The oil contains a mixture of things like limonene, citral, and oily terpenes. All are flammable organic compounds.

Regards,
ProfHoff 458


The oil in orange peel is actually a rather complex mixture of volatile organic compounds, that is why it is flammable. A typical composition consists of: about 90% d-limonene plus varying amounts of the compounds citral, decyl aldehyde, methyl anthranilate, linalool, and terpineol. I found these in the Merck Index. You can follow up to see if the newest edition gives more details.

Vince Calder



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