Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Using Salt Peter as gasoline improver.

  1. Dec 13, 2003 #1


    User Avatar

    Well i read that Salt Peter is a strong oxydizer (sorry about my english) so i thought that if I mix it with gasoline then i should get more power out from my car. But won't the mixture of gasoline and saltpeter explode in the gas tank?
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 13, 2003 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    The solubility of KNO3 in hydrocarbons is quite small; you won't get enough into solution to give you any significant effect. Explode in the tank? You'll be looking at clogging of the gas line from undissolved salt before you get to any sort of "explosive" mixture proportions. Thinking of blowing up someone else's car? The initiator requirement for detonating gasoline-KNO3 is probably greater than the explosive yield of the mixture itself.
  4. Dec 13, 2003 #3
    Hmmm. 18-crown-6?
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?

Similar Discussions: Using Salt Peter as gasoline improver.
  1. Salt Peter? (Replies: 16)