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Although I like it alot, I agree that it isn't safe. Get some metal pipe and redo that, I would LOVE to see a metal version that could be made more powerful.
I'm surprised you're still alive too, although it looks like you put a shitload of research into this!
i'm laughing about how u guys aren't bashing this guy because he used dwv pipe simply because he's a genius and knows WAY more than you do!!!
Thats kinda strange... I would think that if it did create the highest combustion energy it would make the biggest bang. I've always known the stoichiometric oxygen to propane ratio as 4.3:1. Thats the perfect ratio for oxyfuel cutting. I know its worked out through atomic structure and so forth though I did some research and that ratio popped up alot, more than the 5:1 ratio as described in spud wiki... Strange
It's actually not so hard to calculate the stoichiometic ratio -- you need to, basically, find out how many molecules of the gas react with hoe many of oxygen. Then, you multiply both with the molar mass of the gas vs. the oxygen, and you have a gram:gram ratio. Then, you just divide both by the respecitve specific masses, and you have a volume:volume ratio. In air, you will need 5 times as much as oxygen, since only one fifth of it is oxygen.
The pipe is not drain pipe, but sewer pipe (stronger). I'd love to make one of metal; all I need is some friendly soul to teach me how to obtain the materials and weld them together, before I blow my hands off
As for the best mixture, I think it has something to do with flame propagation velocity, apart from total combustion energy, and, again, I got the best results with a lean mix. If some of you guys with precision gas meters could make a test firing series and publish the results here, I think that could be really interesting. My gun is stowed away now; I moved to Switzerland shortly after Mach 1 was passed.
Yeah thats what I was saying Soren, calculating the stoichiometric ratio through molecular structure SHOULD give you the perfect firing ratio, but I've found alot of sources that suggest the oxygen to propane ratio as 4.3:1 and not 5:1. Well thats for oxyfuel cutting anyway... I'll see if I can do some tests on it for you with combustion...
I just re-did the numbers - - no rocket science.
2 mols of propane to 8 mols of oxygen
88 grams of propane to 256 grams of oxygen
48 liters of propane to 853 liters of air
2 mols of butane to 13 mols of oxygen
116 grams of butane to 416 grams of oxygen
46 liters of butane to 1386 liters or air
Butane is 3.2 % of the mixture.
The cigarette lighter gas you get is pure butane, or a butane-propane mix of some kind, as far as I know.
to answer your
yes the optimal for single fuel to oxy is around 2:1 (2 oxy for 1 fuel)
but when you use mix gas fuel it gets more complex
it depends ont the 2 (or more!!?) fuels you use, and this is where carbon chemistry is needed
somthing with high carbon chains meens more air is needed so the fuel with the highest carbon cain cont is used less/ 2 oxy to 1 high carbon fuel and 3 oxy for 2 low carbon fuel
so it becomes 5:2:1
but its always god to add in oxy to carbon accelerants
chemicals that increas the rate of cobustion (remeber to use more oxy if "bonding" accelarents are used
note my ratios are from me and a few mates with higher understandings of phys-chem then me sitting around playing with the numbers intill we get the best combustion rate
the ratios you guys use are for optimal combustion preasure
so id say that your ratios would be bettre for that perpouse
where mine are for mass acceleration on high mass objects(grate big nasty dirty explosions that make things go boom)
the 5:2:1 ratio we tested and found that the rate of combustion per ltr of mix gas was 2.5 times faster then the 5.1:1, and we used more gasses
could you take a picture of your bbq lighter because mine is very inconsistant even with 2 spark gaps.
"Those who are different change the world. Those who are the same keep it that way"
Impressive though this is, the topic has lain dormant for almost 10 months, and I don't recall having seen dongfang around recently.
Thread necromancy is isn't a good thing. It's a sin against the natural order of the forums!
Novacastrian: How about use whatever the heck you can get your hands on?
frankrede: Well then I guess it won't matter when you decide to drink bleach because your out of kool-aid.
...I'm sorry, but that made my year.
well, im glad it came up, lol this was before me time here and i really like this guys creativity and performance
Not to keep kicking this long dead topic, but...
Nobody noticed that dongfang got his chemistry wrong?
Uh, that equation for propane should be;
2 mols of propane to 10 mols of oxygen
The propane volume is 1/5th of the oxygen volume. Since air is ~20% oxygen then the propane volume to air volume is (1/5)(0.2)=4%, not 5.3%.
Mate allow me to say this in the typical aussie way: You sir are bloody crazy. But nice work Did you say you used coil guns to help shoot it through the barrier? If you did and also if you didnt I think you are the first one to use electromagnets on a cannon (correct me if Im wrong seniors). Nice work on everything mate and also next time hope to god your safe.
Raise your horns if you love metal.
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