Accession Number : AD0753561

Title :   The Interaction of Liquid Hydrocarbons with Water.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF CHEMISTRY

Personal Author(s) : Garland,Frank ; Atkinson,Gordon

Report Date : OCT 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : An investigation into the explosion phenomenon recently reported in an investigation into the hazards of liquified natural gas (LNG) is reported. Repeated experiments were conducted in which LNG was dropped onto a variety of liquid samples. Although an explosion could not be obtained when pure water was used as the sample, water contaminated by n-hexane or by toluene gave an explosion every time. Peak explosion pressures are given for a variety of different experimental conditions. Further experiments indicated that (a) minor, high-boiling constituents of LNG may play an important part in the explosion mechanism, and (b) an important scaling-up factor was observed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LIQUEFIED GASES, *EXPLOSIONS), (*ACCIDENTS, LIQUEFIED GASES), METHANE, WATER, HYDROCARBONS, TEST METHODS, FILMS

Subject Categories : Explosions
      Fuels

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE