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Abstract Volume 8 Issue 1 (2003) pp 51-21

Determination of Methane-Burning Velocity Using a Bunsen Burner

Julio Andrade-Gamboa,* Fabiana C. Gennari, and Hugo L. Corso

Area de Química, Centro Regional Universitario Bariloche, Universidad Nacional del Comahue and Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Av. Bustillo Km 9.500, R8402AGP San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, ARGENTINA and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET),
Received September 23, 2002. Accepted November 5, 2002

Published online: 21 November 2002

Abstract. The present work describes a methodology to measure the methane-burning velocity using a Bunsen burner. This practice provides experience in some “real-world” procedures (data acquisition, calibration, and set-up design) and also exposes students to analytical and graphical handling of experimental data. The practice described here is suitable for sophomore-level chemistry, physical chemistry, or chemical engineering students.

Key Words:  Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; physical chemistry; chemical engineering; combustion; flame bunsen burner; active learning

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Issue date: February 1, 2003

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