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The Pyrolysis of n-Butane


Barker, John Roger (1969) The Pyrolysis of n-Butane. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/4QG7-JQ66.


A study of the pyrolysis of n-butane was carried out using an all-gold tubular reactor. The initial rate of decomposition of the n-butane was of 1.50-order with respect to the partial pressure of the n-butane. A free radical mechanism, similar to that originally proposed by Rice, accounted satisfactorily for the distribution of products. Oxygen was rigorously excluded from the pyrolysis gases. The surfaces of the gold reactor had been acid-treated to remove oxide impurities. Some preliminary experiments were performed in the partial oxidation of n-butane.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Corcoran, William Harrison
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:9 April 1969
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:01112016-152926399
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ID Code:9370
Deposited By: Leslie Granillo
Deposited On:12 Jan 2016 23:18
Last Modified:21 Dec 2019 03:58

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