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Stoichiometry of reaction

  1. Nov 5, 2015 #1

    Maylis

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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    There's no problem statement, I'm doing this as part of my project

    For degradation of food wastes to methane, the general formula is given for food waste (without sulfur)

    ##C_{n}H_{a}O_{b}N_{c} + (n - \frac {a}{4} - \frac {b}{2} + \frac {3c}{4})H_{2}O \rightarrow (\frac {n}{2} + \frac {a}{8} - \frac {b}{4} - \frac {3c}{8})CH_{4} + (\frac {n}{2} - \frac {a}{8} + \frac {b}{4} + \frac {3c}{8})CO_{2} + cNH_{3}##

    However, for my purpose I need to include sulfur, so my formula should be
    ##C_{n}H_{a}O_{b}N_{c}S_{d}##

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    This part with the N and S are easy, but figuring out the other stuff is of course my issue.
    ##C_{n}H_{a}O_{b}N_{c}S_{d} + (...)H_{2}O \rightarrow (...) CH_{4} + (...)CO_{2} + cNH_{3} + dH_{2}S##
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2015 #2

    Borek

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    CH4 and CO2 don't change.

    Can't say whole equation makes much sense to me, it looks rather arbitrary.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2015 #3

    Maylis

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    I imagine they would change, since you are using hydrogen to make H2S instead of going into CH4, right? This is a pseudo reaction of course, I'm trying to model solid wastes to methane from anaerobic digestion without having to model all the many reactions involved in a real digestion
     
  5. Nov 6, 2015 #4

    Borek

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    OK, you are right, they are not independent.
     
  6. Nov 6, 2015 #5
    What you do is call x the coefficient of H2O, y the coefficient of CH4, and z the coefficient of CO2. Then you do an atom balance on H, C, and O. This gives you three linear algebraic equations in the three unknowns x, y, and z. Just solve for these unknowns.

    Chet
     
  7. Nov 7, 2015 #6

    Maylis

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    Thanks, now time to crank out the algebra
     
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