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1 THERMODYNAMICS TUTORIAL No.8 COMBUSTION OF FUELS On completion of this tutorial you should be able to do the following.. Let's start by revising the basics. Write down combustion equations. Solve the oxygen and air requirements for the combustion of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. Determine the products of combustion. Determine the air/fuel ratio from the products of combustion. Solve problems involving energy released by combustion. Solve problems involving dissociation of products. Solve past paper questions.

2 1. INTRODUCTION Combustion is the process of chemical reaction between fuel and oxygen(reactants). The process releases heat and produces products of combustion. The main elements which burn are : CARBON HYDROGEN SULPHUR The heat released by 1 kg or m3 of fuel is called the calorific value. The oxygen used in combustion processes normally comes from the atmosphere and this brings nitrogen in with it which normally does nothing in the process but makes up the bulk of the gases remaining after combustion. The main elements in combustion are then : Symbol Atomic Mass Molecular Mass Product Carbon C 12 CO 2 Hydrogen H H 2 O Sulphur S 32 SO 2 Oxygen O Nitrogen N If the water formed during combustion leaves as vapour, it takes with it the latent heat of evaporation and thus reduces the energy available from the process. In this case the calorific value is called the lower Calorific value (LCV). If the products cool down after combustion so that the vapour condenses, the latent heat is given up and the calorific value is then the higher calorific value (HCV). Solid and liquid fuels are normally analysed by mass to give the content of carbon, hydrogen, sulphur and any other elements present. Often there is silica, moisture and oxygen present in small quantities which have some effect on process. The silica leaves slaggy deposits on the heat transfer surfaces in boilers. Gaseous fuels are normally analysed by volumetric content and are in the main hydrocarbon fuels. For purposes of calculation, the content of air is considered to be : VOLUMETRIC GRAVIMETRIC Oxygen 21% 23% Nitrogen 79% 77% 2

3 The sulphur content of the fuel is considered to be a pollutant and so undesirable. The theoretically correct quantity of air or oxygen required to just exactly burn the fuel expressed as a ratio to the fuel burned, is called the STOICHIOMETRIC RATIO. In practice it is found that not all the oxygen in the reactant reaches the fuel elements and that excess air is required in order to ensure complete combustion. This results in oxygen appearing in the products. If too little air or oxygen is supplied, the result is incomplete combustion resulting in the formation of carbon monoxide CO instead of carbon dioxide CO2. The resulting products contain water H2O. Industrial equipment for measuring the contents of the products usually remove the water from the sample and the products are then called the dry products. 2. COMBUSTION CHEMISTRY 2.1 SOLID AND LIQUID FUELS In the case of solid and liquid fuels, we do the combustion of each element separately. The important rule is that you must have the same number of atoms of each substance before and after the process. This may be obtained by juggling with the number of molecules. CARBON C + O 2 = CO 2 Mass ratio = 44 Hence 1kg of C needs 32/12kg of O 2 and makes 44/12kg of CO 2 HYDROGEN 2H 2 + O 2 = 2H 2 O Mass ratio = 36 Hence 1kg of H 2 needs 8kg of O 2 and makes 9 kg of H 22O SULPHUR S + O 2 = SO = 64 Hence 1 kg of S needs 1kg of O 2 and makes 2kg of SO 2. 3

4 2.2. GASEOUS FUELS Typical hydrocarbons are : Methane Ethane Propane Butane Pentane Hexane Heptane Octane Ethene Propene Ethyne Benzenol Cyclohexane CH4 C2H6 C3H8 C4H10 C5H12 C6H14 C7H16 C8H18 C2H4(Ethylene) C3H6 (Propylene) C2H2 (Acetylene) C6H6 (Benzene) C6H12 The combustion equation follows the following rule : CaHb + (a+b/4)o2 = (a)co2 + (b/2)h2o If this results in fractional numbers of molecules, then the whole equation may be multiplied up. WORKED EXAMPLE No.1 Write out the combustion equation for C8H18 SOLUTION C8H18 + (8+18/4)O2 = 8CO2 + (18/2)H2O C8H ½O2 = 8CO2 + 9H2O 2C8H O2 = 16CO2 +18H2O There are other gases which burn and the main one to know about is Carbon Monoxide (CO) which is partially burned carbon. The equation for the combustion of CO is : 2CO + O2 = 2CO2 4

5 3. COMBUSTION BY MASS The only rule to be observed in deducing the quantities of each substance is the law of conservation of mass. The proportions of the mass is that of the molecular masses. This is shown in the following example. WORKED EXAMPLE No.2 A fuel contains by mass 88% C, 8%H2, 1%S and 3% ash (silica). Calculate the stoichiometric air. SOLUTION CARBON C + O2 = CO2 Mass ratio = 44 Hence 0.88kg of C need (32/12)x0.88=2.347kg of oxygen. It makes (44/12) x 0.88 = kg of carbon dioxide. HYDROGEN 2H2 + O2 = 2H2O Mass ratio = 36 hence 0.08kg of hydrogen needs (32/4) x 0.08 = 0.64kg of oxygen. SULPHUR S + O2= SO2 Mass ratio = 64 Hence 0.01kg of sulphur needs 0.01kh of oxygen and makes 0.02kg of sulphur dioxide. TOTAL OXYGEN needed is = 2.997kg TOTAL AIR needed is 2.997/23% = 13.03kg The STOICHIOMETRIC air/fuel ratio is 13.03/1 5

6 WORKED EXAMPLE No.3 If the air supplied is 20% more than the stoichiometric value, find the analysis of the dry products by mass. SOLUTION If 20% excess air is supplied then the air supplied is: 120% x = kg Oxygen is also 20% excess so 0.2 x = 0.599kg is left over. Nitrogen in the air is 77% x = 12.04kg List of products : Nitrogen 12.04kg =75.8% Carbon dioxide 3.227kg =20.3% Sulphur dioxide 0.02kg =0.1% Oxygen 0.599kg =3.8% Total dry product kg =100% It is of interest to note that for a given fuel, the % of any product is a direct indication of the excess air and in practice the carbon dioxide and/or oxygen is used to indicate this. This is important in obtaining optimal efficiency in a combustion process. 6

7 SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE No A boiler burns fuel oil with the following analysis by mass : 80% C 18% H2 2%S 30% excess air is supplied to the process. Calculate the stoichiometric ratio by mass and the % Carbon Dioxide present in the dry products. (15.62/1 14.9% CO2) 2. A boiler burns coal with the following analysis by mass : 75% C 15% H2 7%S remainder ash Calculate the % Carbon Dioxide present in the dry products if 20% excess air is supplied. (16.5% CO2) 3. Calculate the % of each dry product when coal is burned stoichiometrically in air. The analysis of the coal is: 80% C 10% H2 5% S and 5% ash. (76.7%N, 22.5% CO2 0.8% SO2) 7

8 4.COMBUSTION BY VOLUME First we need to revise gas mixtures and understand the meaning of VOLUMETRIC CONTENT. To do this we must understand Dalton's law of partial pressures and Avagadro's Law. First let us define the kmol. A kmol of substance is the number of kg numerically equal to the apparent molecular mass. For example 12 kg of Carbon is a kmol, so is 32 kg of O2 and 2 kg of H2 and 28 kg of N2. The molecular mass of a substance is expressed as kg/kmol so the molecular mass of O2, for example, is 32 kg/kmol. Avagadro's Law states : 1m3 of any gas at the same pressure and temperature contains the same number of molecules. It follows that the volume of a gas at the same p and T is directly proportional to the number of molecules. From this we find that the volume of a kmol of any gas is the same if p and T are the same. Dalton's law states: The total pressure of a mixture is the sum of the partial pressures. The partial pressure is the pressure each gas would exert if it alone occupied the same volume at the same temperature. Consider two gases A and B occupying a volume V at temperature T. Using the Universal gas law for each : pava = marot/ña pbvb = mbrot/ñb where Ñ is the relative molecular mass. pa/pb = mañb/mbña = ratio of the kmol fractions. pa and pb are the partial pressures. VA and VB are the partial volumes. 8

9 These are the volumes each gas would occupy if they were separated and kept at the original p and T. This concept is very useful in problems involving the combustion of gases. It also follows that the partial volumes are directly related to the partial pressures so that VA/VB = pa/pb Figure 1 When not mixed the pressure is p and the volumes are VA and VB. Hence : pva/t = mro/ña ` p = marot/ñava...(1) pvb/t = mro/ñb p = mbrot/ñbvb...(2) Since (1) = (2) then : ma/ñava=mb/ñbvb and so VA/VB=(mA/ÑA)(mB/ÑB) which shows that in a mixture, the partial volumes are in the same ratio as the kmol fractions which in turn are in proportion to the number of molecules of each gas. When mixed they both have volume V, hence: pa = marot/ña V...(3) pb = mbrot/ñb V...(4) (3)/(1) gives pa/p = VA/V and (4)/(2) gives pb/p = VB/V hence VA/VB = pa/pb Consider the combustion of Methane. CH4 + 2O2= CO2 + 2H2O Since the volumetric content of each gas is in the same ratio as the kmol fractions then volumetric content is in the same proportion as the molecules. Hence it needs 2 volumes of oxygen to burn 1 volume of methane. The volume of air needed is 2/21% = 9.52 volumes. Hence it burn 1 m3 of methane we need 9.52 m3 of air for stoichiometric combustion. If the products are at the same p and T as the original reactants, we would obtain 1 m3 of carbon dioxide and 2 m3 of water vapour which would probably condense and cause a reduction in volume and/or pressure. 9

10 WORKED EXAMPLE No.4 Calculate the % CO2 in the dry products when methane is burned with 15% excess air by volume. SOLUTION CH4 + 2O2= CO2 + 2H2O Volume ratio The stoichiometric air is 2/21% = m3 The actual air is x 115% = m3 Analysis of dry products : Nitrogen 79% x m3 Carbon Dioxide 1.00 m3 Oxygen 15% x m3 Total 9.95 m3 The % Carbon Dioxide = (1/9.95) x 100 = 10% When the fuel is a mixture of gases, the procedure outlined must be repeated for each combustible gas and the oxygen deduced for the volume of each in 1 m3 of total fuel. WORKED EXAMPLE No. 5 A fuel is a mixture of 60% Methane and 30% carbon monoxide and 10% oxygen by volume. Calculate the stoichiometric oxygen needed. SOLUTION As before, the volume of oxygen required to burn 1 m3 of methane is 2m3.To burn 0.6m3 needs 1.2m3 of oxygen. For carbon monoxide we use the combustion equation : 2CO + O2 = 2CO2 Hence to burn 1 m3 of CO need 0.5 m3 of oxygen, so to burn 0.3 m3 needs 0.15 m3 of oxygen. The total oxygen needed is = 1.35 m3. However there is already 0.1 m3 in the fuel so the stoichiometric oxygen needed 1.25m3 10

11 SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE No.2 1. Find the air fuel ratio for stoichiometric combustion of Ethene by volume. (26.19/1) 2. Find the air fuel ratio for stoichiometric combustion of Butane by volume.(30.95/1). Calculate the % carbon dioxide present in the dry flue gas if 30% excess air is used. (10.6%) 3. Find the air fuel ratio for stoichiometric combustion of Propane by volume.(23.81/1). Calculate the % oxygen present in the dry flue gas if 20% excess air is used. (3.8%) 4. A gaseous fuel contains by volume : 5% CO2, 40% H2, 40% CH4, 15% N2 Determine the stoichiometric air and the % content of each dry product. (4.76 m3, 89.7%,N2 10.3% CO2). 11

12 5. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PRODUCT AND EXCESS AIR. It follows that if we can deduce the % product then given the figure, we can work backwards to determine the air or oxygen that was used. WORKED EXAMPLE No.6 consider the combustion of methane again. CH4 + 2O2 = CO2 + 2H2O 1 vol 2 vol 1 vol 2 vols SOLUTION Let the excess air be x (as a decimal) The stoichiometric air is 9.52 vols. Actual air is 9.52(1 + x) Dry Products: Nitrogen 0.79 x 9.52(1 + x) = 7.524x Oxygen 2.000x Carbon Dioxide Total 9.524x % Carbon monoxide = 100 {1/(9.524x )} % Oxygen = 100{2/(9.524x )} For example if the % CO2 is 10% then the excess air is found as follows : 10% = 100 {1/(9.524x )} 0.1 = 1/(9.524x ) (9.524x ) = x = x=0.155 or 15.5% Similarly if the O2 is 10% then the excess air is 81% (show this for yourself) If the analysis of the fuel is by mass, then a different approach is needed as follows : 12

13 WORKED EXAMPLE No.7 An analysis of the dry exhaust gas from an engine burning Benzole shows 15% Carbon Dioxide present by volume. The Benzole contains 90% C and 10% H2 by mass. Assuming complete combustion, determine the air/fuel ratio used. SOLUTION 1 kg of fuel contains 0.9kg of C and 0.1kg of H2. Converting these into kmol we have 0.9/12 kmol of C and 0.1/2 kmol of H2. For 1 kmol of dry exhaust gas we have : 0.15 kmol of CO2 Y kmol of excess O Y = Y kmol of N2 1 kmol of CO2 is 44 kg 1 kmol of N2 is 28 kg 1 kmol of O is 32 kg 0.15 kmol of CO2 is 0.15 x 44kg This contains (12/44) carbon so the carbon present is 0.15 x 12 kg The carbon in the fuel is 0.9 kmol per kmol of fuel. Hence the number of kmols of DEG must be 0.9/(.15 x 12) = 0.5 There are 0.5 kmol of DEG for each kmol of fuel burned. The Nitrogen present in the DEG is Y kmol per kmol of DEG. This has a mass of 28( Y) per kmol of DEG The oxygen supplied to the process must be : (23.3/76.7) x 28 x ( Y) = Y kg per kmol of DEG. (using precise proportions of air for accuracy). The oxygen contained within the carbon dioxide is: (32/44) x 0.15 x 44 = 4.8 kg per kmol DEG 1 kmol of CO2 contains 44 kg and 32/44 of this is oxygen. The oxygen in the CO2 is hence 32 x 0.15 kg per kmol DEG. The excess oxygen is 32Y kg per kmol DEG Total oxygen in the products excluding that used to make H2O is : 32 x Y 13

14 The oxygen used to burn hydrogen is hence : Y - 32 x Y O2 used to burn H2 is For 0.5 kmol this is Y kg per kmol DEG Y kg To burn hydrogen requires oxygen in a ratio of 8/1. There is 0.1 kg of H2 in each kmol of fuel so 0.8 kg of O2 is needed. Hence : 0.8 = Y Y = 0.208kmol per kmol DEG The nitrogen in the DEG is Y = kmol per kmol DEG The actual Nitrogen = x 0.5 x 28 = kg The air supplied must be 11.61/.767 = 15.14kg per kg of fuel. A simple calculation shows the stoichiometric mass of air is so there is 10.3% excess air. SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE No C2H6 is burned in a boiler and the dry products are found to contain 8% CO2 by volume. Determine the excess air supplied. (59%) 2. The analysis of the dry exhaust gas from a boiler shows 10% carbon dioxide. Assuming the rest is oxygen and nitrogen determine the excess air supplied to the process and the % excess air. The fuel contains 85% C and 15% H2 (21.5 kg, 44.5%) Now we will look at a complete example involving all the principles so far covered. 14

15 6. ENERGY RELEASED BY THE REACTION The contents of the fuel and air or oxygen prior to combustion are called the reactants. The resulting material is called the products. The process releases energy but the amount of energy depends upon the temperature before and after the reaction. Consider a mixture of reactants at condition (1) which is burned and the resulting products are at condition (2). In order to solve problems we consider that the reactants are first cooled to a referance condition (0) by removing energy Q1. The reaction then takes place and energy is released. The products are then brought back to the same referance conditions (0) by removing energy Q2. The energy Q1 and Q2 are then returned so that the final condition of the products is reached (2). Figure 2 For constant volume combustion (closed system), we use Internal Energy. Balancing we have Up2 - UR1 = (URo - UR1) + (Upo - URo) + (Up2 - Upo) The energy released by combustion is in this case the Internal Energy of combustion and this occurs at standard conditions of 1 bar and 25oC. This pressure is designated pθ and the internal energy of combustion is designated Uθ. When this is based on 1 kmol it is designated uθ Up2 - UR1 = (URo - UR1) + Uo θ + (Up2 - Upo) The standard conditions chosen for the combustion are 1 bar and 25oC. At this temperature the internal energy of all gases is the same ( kj/kmol). The figure is negative because the zero value of internal energy arbitrarily occurs at a higher temperature. If the process is conducted in a steady flow system, enthalpy is used instead of internal energy. The reasoning is the same but U is replaced by H. Hp2 - HR1 = (HRo - HR1) + Ho θ + (Hp2 - Hpo) ho θ may be found in the thermodynamic tables for some fuels. The figures are quoted in kj per kmol of substance. For the products In terms of kmol fractions hpo = upo + nproto 15

16 For the reactants In terms of kmol fractions hro = uro + nrroto where n is the kmols. ho θ = (upo + nproto) - (uro + nrroto ) ho θ = (upo - uro ) - nrroto + nproto ho θ = (upo - uro ) + (np - nr)roto uo θ = ho θ + (np - nr)roto If the combustion produces equal numbers of kmols before and after, the pressure would be constant (assuming constant volume and no condensation). n p = n R so ho θ is the same as the internal energy of reaction νo θ. For example consider the combustion of ethylene. C2H4 + 3O2 = 2CO2 + 2H2O In this case there are 4 kmols before and after. When this occurs, we may use the specific heat cp to solve the problems. uo θ = ho θ = cp T The specific heats are listed in the thermodynamic tables. Note that in order to make the method of solution conform to standard data, the combustion equations should always be based on 1 kmol of fuel. The heat transfer Q1 is found either by use of the mean specific heat or by looking up the enthalpy of the gas at the required temperatures (enthalpy of formation) and deducing the change. In general for a constant volume we should use uo θ and c v to solve problems. For constant pressure with no work being done (e.g. a combustion chamber) we should use ho θ and c p. Since tables only list ho θ and c p we may find uo θ = ho θ + (np - nr)roto where is K and R o is kj/kmol K and n is the number of kmols of product. c v = c p R = c p R o /molecular mass 16

17 WORKED EXAMPLE No.8 1. A vessel contains 0.2 m3 of C2H4O and oxygen in its stoichiometric ratio. The mixture is at 1 bar pressure and 25oC. The mixture is ignited and allowed to cool back to 25oC. Determine the following. i. The final pressure. ii. The amount of condensate formed. iii. The heat transfer. iv. The enthalpy of reaction per kmol of C2H4O. The enthalpy of formation ( h o θ ) for the gases involved is shown below for a temperature of 298 K. Molecular mass. kg/kmol Enthalpy of reaction (kj/kmol) CO2(gas) H2O(gas) H2O(liquid) O2(gas) 32 0 C2H4O

18 SOLUTION C2H4O + 2½O2 = 2CO2 + 2H2O mass ratio kmol ratio 1 2½ 2 1 p= 1bar V = 0.2 m3 T = 298 K V=0.2m3 = Vf + Vox = 3½ Volumes p = 1 bar = pf + pox pf = 1 x (1/3.5) = bar pox = 1 x (2.5/3.5) = bar mass of fuel = pvñ/rot= x 105 x 0.2 x 44/( x 298) mass of fuel = kg mass of oxygen = pvñ/rot = x 105 x 0.2 x 32/( x 298) mass of oxygen = kg total mass = kg Mass of CO2 = (88/124) x = kg Mass of H2O = (36/124) x = kg total mass = kg p(co2) = mrot/ñv = x x 298/(44 x 0.2) = x 105 = bar Since condensate forms, the gas is saturated with water vapour so p(vapour) = 28oC from the steam tables. p(vapour) = bar Total pressure = = bar Answer (i) Mass of vapour = V/vg where vg = oC from tables. Mass of vapour = 0.2/43.4 = kg Mass of condensate formed = = kg Answer (ii) Now consider the reaction. Since it starts and finishes at 25oC there is no initial cooling required (Q1= 0). 18

19 REACTANT Fuel Mass = kg kmol = /44 = kmol Oxygen Mass = kg kmol = /32 = kmol Enthalpy of formation for oxygen = 0 Enthalpy of formation for C2H4O = kj/kmol Hf = (-52630) = kj (Minus relative to higher point of reference) PRODUCTS CO2 kmol = 0.203/44 = kmol Hf = x ( ) = kj H2O (gas) kmol = /18 = kmol Hf = x ( ) = kj H2O (water) kmol = /18 = kmol Hf = x ( ) = kj Total = kj The change in enthalpy = (-121.4) = kj = Ho Answer (iv) ho θ = / =1.509 GJ/kmol Answer (v) 19

20 WORKED EXAMPLE No.9 Air and Ethane (C2H6) are mixed with twice the stoichiometric ratio at 600K in a vessel at 12 bar pressure. Determine the temperature and pressure after combustion assuming no energy losses. The enthalpy of combustion at 25oC is Ho = kj/kmol SOLUTION C2H O2 = 3H2O + 2CO2 kmol The air required = 3.5/0.21 = kmol Actual air = kmol Nitrogen = 0.79 x = kmol Excess oxygen = 3.5 kmol The equation may be rewritten as C2H6 + 7O N2 = 3H2O + 2CO O N2 The process may be idealised as follows First find the enthalpy of the reactants. The mean temperature of the reactants relative to 25oC is {(25+273) + 600}/2 = 449K near enough 450K for the tables. We look up specific heats in the thermodynamic tables at 450 K. The temperature change from 25oC to 600 K is 302 K. We proceed to work out the heat transfer based on 1 kmol of fuel, Q1 as follows. Table of values C2H6 cp = kj/kg K mass = 1 kmol x 30 = 30 kg Q1 = 30 x x 302 = kj O2 cp = kj/kg K mass = 7 kmol x 32 = 224 kg Q1 = 224 x x 302 = kj N2 cp = kj/kg K mass = kmol x 28 = kg Q1 = x x 302 = kj Total Q1 = kj per kmol of fuel (negative leaving system) Next we repeat the process for the products to find Q1 + Q2 20

21 In order to use a mean specific heat we must guess the approximate final temperature of the products. A good guess is always 2000 K so the mean of 25oC and 2000 K is near enough 1150 K. Using this we work out the heat transfer to the products with an unknown temperature change from 25oC to T2 of T. H2O cp = kj/kg K mass = 3 kmol x 16 = 48 kg Q = 48 x x T = T O2 cp = kj/kg K mass = 3.5 kmol x 32 = 112 kg Q1 = 112 x x T = T N2 cp = kj/kg K mass = kmol x 28 = kg Q = x x T = T CO2 cp = kj/kg K mass = 2 kmol x 44 = 88 kg Q = 88 x x T = T Total Q1 + Q2 = T kj per kmol of fuel (positive entering system) Q2 = kj/kmol of fuel (from question). Conserving energy we have T = hence T = K and T2 = 1716 K which is different from our original guess of 2000 K but more accurate. Next we must repeat the last stage with a more accurate mean temperature. Mean temperature = ( )/2 = 1007 K. Say 1000 K. H2O cp = kj/kg K Q = 48 x x T = T O2 cp = kj/kg K Q1 = 112 x 1.09 x T = T N2 cp = kj/kg K Q = x x T = T CO2 cp = kj/kg K Q = 88 x x T = T Total Q1 + Q2 = 1201 T kj per kmol of fuel (positive entering system) Conserving energy we have 1201 T = hence T = 1455 K and T2 = 1753 K which is different from our original guess of 1716K but more accurate. the true answer is between 1716 and 1753 K and may be narrowed down by making more steps but two is usually sufficient in the exam. 21

22 Finally the pressure. p1v1 / N1T1 =Ro = p2v2 / N2T2 and the volumes are equal. p1=12 bar T1 = 600 K N1= 4.5 kmol T2 = 1753 K N2= 5 kmol p2 = 12 x 5 x 1753/(4.5 x 600) = 38.9 bar SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE No The gravimetric analysis of a fuel is Carbon 78%, hydrogen 12%, oxygen 5% and ash 5%. The fuel is burned with 20% excess air. Assuming complete combustion, determine the following. i. The composition of the products. (72.6% N2, 17.3% CO2, 6.5%H2O and 3.6% O2) ii. The dew point of the products.47oc) iii. The mass of water condensed when the products are cooled to (0.67 kg) 30oC. 2. Carbon monoxide is burned with 25% excess oxygen in a fixed volume of 0.2 m3. The initial and final temperature is 25oC. The initial pressure is 1 bar. Calculate the following. i. The final pressure.(0.874 bar) ii. The heat transfer. (574.5 kj) Use your thermodynamic tables for enthalpies of reaction. 22

23 3. Prove that the enthalpy and the internal energy of reaction are related by Ho= Uo + RoTo(nP - nr) where np and nr are the kmols of products and reactants respectively. Ethylene (C2H4) and 20% excess air at 77oC are mixed in a vessel and burned at constant volume. Determine the temperature of the products. You should use your thermodynamic tables to find Uo or Ho and the table below. (Answer 2263 K) U (kj/kmol) C2H4 O2 N2 CO2 H2O T(K) An engine burns hexane (C6H14) in air. At a particular running condition the volumetric analysis of the dry products are CO2 8.7% CO 7.8 % N2 83.5% Calculate the air-fuel ratio by mass and find the stoichiometric ratio. (Answer 12.9 and 15.17) 23

24 7. DISSOCIATION At the high temperatures and pressures experienced in combustion, dissociation occurs. This results in some of the fuel not burning. CO is produced and in the case of hydrogen, some of it remains as hydrogen after the process even though oxygen is present. The reasons for this will not be covered here other than to say it is predicted by the 2nd law of thermodynamics and involves equilibrium in the chemical process. When dissociation occurs, the energy released is reduced accordingly and if the amount of unburned fuel is known the previous examples may easily be modified to take account of it. When hydrogen is burned, it can be shown that the partial pressures of the hydrogen, oxygen and water vapour present in the products are related by θ ph 2O p k θ = 1 p p H ( )2 2 O2 The properties tables list values of ln K θ. Similarly when dissociation occurs in the formation of carbon dioxide, the relationship between the partial pressures of CO2,CO and O2 is given by θ pco p 2 k θ = pc pco 2 Other similar equations for other combinations of products may be found in the tables. 24

25 SELF ASSESSMENT EXERCISE No Hydrogen is mixed with stoichiometric air at 25oC and burned adiabatically at constant volume. After combustion 6% of the hydrogen remains unburned. Determine the temperature and pressure of the products. (Answer the temperature is 2344K after two approximations) You need to find K θ in the tables. Also find Ho= kj/kmol. Deduce the partial pressures of the products as a fraction of p and then use K θ to solve p. 2. A mixture of air and CO is burned adiabatically at constant volume. The air is 90% of the stoichiometric requirement. The mixture is initially at 5 bar and 400K. The only dissociation that occurs is CO2 CO + ½O2. Show that the equilibrium constant at the final temperature T2 is Kp = a/({(1-a)(0.9-a)½(T2/T1)½} where a is the amount of CO2 kmol in the products per kmol of CO in the reactants. If it assumed that initially T2 = 2900 K for which log Kp = 0.649, the solution of the above equation gives a= Check the assumed value of T2 given that the internal energy of reaction at T0= K is kj/kmol. T (K) U kj/kmol CO O2 N2 CO

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