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Electric arc

  1. Aug 14, 2007 #1
    What exactly happens to the gas molecules in an electric arc? Oxygen turns to ozone, methane turns to acetelyene.
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  3. Aug 14, 2007 #2


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    I imagine quite few of them burn.
    So most methane probably ends up as CO2 + H2O, you can convert methane to acetelyene + hydrogen but I think you need pretty extreme plasma conditions.
    You probably make quite a lot of NOx as well
  4. Aug 14, 2007 #3
    I mean like in an atmosphere comprised soley of that gas.:rolleyes:
    I light propane torch most of the time with a 2000v arc, saves on matches.
  5. Aug 15, 2007 #4


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    vs your original post...

    Is oxygen in your 'atmosphere comprised soley of that gas.:rolleyes:'?
  6. Aug 15, 2007 #5
    Only 21%:rolleyes:
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