Unformatted text preview: iquid. Problem 4 Many processes, which can be described by thermodynamics, contributed to a 2006 explosion at a Danvers, Massachusetts ink plant. The accident was caused by overheating of an unsealed tank of solvents in an unventilated building, which caused flammable vapors to accumulate inside the building. When these vapors reached a high concentration, an unknown ignition source set off an explosion, damaging many homes and businesses in the town. Thermodynamics could be used to calculate how much heat was added to the mixing tank by the steam heating system and how much solvent vaporized as a result of this heating. Thermodynamics could also be used to calculate the energy released by the combustion reaction....
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