Methane to Propane
Name: Smaranda A.
Date: Thursday, August 22, 2002
Our school is considering switching from propane to
natural gas in our science department. What is the flame temperature of
propane versus natural gas?
If you burn a sufficient amount of each with the proper amount of oxygen,
both gases will produce a flame that is sufficiently hot for lab use.
However, mole for mole, propane is a more energetic fuel than methane
(natural gas) because, of the two, propane molecules are larger. Most Bunsen
burners used in science labs are designed to be used with natural gas.
Assuming your lab is equipped with burners set up for propane, the orifice
in your lab burners will likely have to be changed because those for propane
are smaller than those to be used with methane.
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