Flammable Orange Peel
Name: Tammy F.
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002
Why exactly is the oil from an orange peel
flammable? What is the composition of this orange oil?
The oil contains a mixture of things like limonene, citral, and oily
terpenes. All are flammable organic compounds.
The oil in orange peel is actually a rather complex mixture of volatile
organic compounds, that is why it is flammable. A typical composition
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
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