The thermal reaction of hydrogen and oxygen has been investigated from the standpoint of the important intermediate hydrogen peroxide in the region between 620-720 degrees centigrade in small bore Pyrex and steel tubes. The minimum explosion-temperatures with different flow rates and compositions of the mixture have been determined. They have been found to vary with the composition and flow rate of the mixture. The minimum explosion temperature is also found to vary with the condition of the reaction tube surface. The yield of hydrogen peroxide has been determined as a function of temperature, contact time, composition of feed stream, and surface condition of the reaction tube. The yield is found to increase in presence of water vapor and decrease in the presence of ammonium hydroxide. Some of the results have been explained in the light of established theories of the reaction mechanism.
College and Department
Chemistry and Biochemistry
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Chattoraj, Shib Charan, "Thermal reaction of hydrogen and oxygen in small bore tubes" (1957). Theses and Dissertations. 8187.