egee 4 - Part a: Fossil Fuels and Products of Combustion...

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Part a: Fossil Fuels and Products of Combustion Dependency on Fossil fuels is high and likely to increase in the next two decades Fuels were formed over millions years by compression of organic material (plant and animal sources) prevented from decay and buried in the ground Coal Natural gas Petroleum Hydrocarbons comprised primarily of the following elements: carbon and hydrogen with some sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen, and mineral matter Composition and amounts of these elements change for different fossil fuels Ex. More hydrogen in liquid fuels than in coal per unit mass Natural Gas: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen Petroleum: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen, minerals Coal: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen, minerals Combustion: rapid oxidation of the fossil fuel’s elements resulting in the generation of heat When elements oxidize or combine with oxygen, products of combustion are formed Some fuel (hydrocarbon) may not completely burn during combustion
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course EGEE 102 taught by Professor Pisupati,sarmave during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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egee 4 - Part a: Fossil Fuels and Products of Combustion...

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