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Segragation of a mixed gas

  1. Feb 25, 2010 #1
    As I understand, a gas mixture, say 50% C4H10 and 50% Air, will not segregate and form layers with the heavier gas at the bottom even in a sealed container. This is due to the constant movement of gas molecules.

    Is my understanding correct?

    Does this depend on pressure?

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  3. Feb 25, 2010 #2


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    One way to separate it is to 'increase gravity', by spinning the gas in a centrifuge you can force the heavier gas to the outside and separate them.
  4. Feb 25, 2010 #3
    So, does it mean that the gravity can separate the mixture components in layers?

    Well, the context is like this:
    We are trying to use Butane + Air mixture in place of Natural Gas in a burner and fire the mixture with additional air. That looks ok.
    But worried that when we put of the system with the stagnat gas mixture in the piping, the elements could segragate and form layers with the Butane at the bottom. Going by the theory that, the pressure of the gas on the walls of the container is due to continuous bombardment of the gas molecules, there will be continuous mixing of the mixure components and the segregation will not take place.
    May be the segregation could occur at very low absolute pressures? Then, how low pressure?
    Is the worry justified at near atmospheric pressure range?
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