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The globe is first thoroughly cleaned and dried and the stopcock lubricated, care being taken to keep the hole in the plug free from grease; the globe is then exhausted and weighed. After the globe is weighed it is filled with boiled water and suspended in a basin of water for 15 minutes at constant temperature. After the temperature has been observed and the stopcock closed the water is removed from the capillary tube above the tap and the bulb carefully dried and suspended from the balance for the second weighing. The authors use a 100-c. c. bulb.
For a rapid and approximate determination of the density of different kinds of natural gas, Bunsen's effusion method can be used, whereby a given quantity of the gas is allowed to flow through a small aperture. The time taken by a like quantity of air in passing is a measure of the density of the gas. The specific gravities of gases are inversely proportional to the squares of their rates of effusion.
The density of a natural gas may also be calculated from its chemical analysis. The different percentages of the constituents found are multiplied by their densities as compared to air, and the sum of these values divided by 100. The following table gives the values used at the Pittsburgh station of the Bureau of Mines for the calculation of the densities of natural gases. The values obtained by this method are on a dry gas basis. To correct for the moisture content present the percentage of moisture in the gas must be determined; then the percentages of gases found by analysis must be recalculated to include the water vapor present. The density is then calculated from the corrected gas analysis, as given before. The water-vapor content seldom' exceeds 2 per cent, and since the density of water does not differ much from that of the majority of natural gases, the dry gas analysis may ordinarily be used for calculating the density of a gas.
Table of gas densities a
1.1791, observed.. 0.9121, observed.. Stahrfoss, Jour. Chim. Phys.,
t. 16, 1918, p. 175. 0.7708, observed.. 0.5962, observed - Guye, Chem. Ztg., Jahrg. 36,
_1912, p. 402. 2.5985, observed. 2.0100, observed. Frankland, Ann. Chem.
Pharm., vol. 71, 1849, p 171. 2.5036, calculated. 1.9366, calculated. Calculated. 1.9768, observed -- 1.5291, observed - Rayleigh, Proc. Royal Soc., vol.
1 62, 1897, p. 204. 1.2504, observed.. 0.9672, observed. Do. 3.214, observed.-- 2.486, observed - Jacquerod, Journ. Chim. Phys.,
t. 11, 1913, p. 269. 1.3565, observed 1.0493, observed. Stahrfóss, Jour. Chim. Phys.,
t. 16, 1918, p. 175. 1.2603, observed 0.9748, observed Batuecas, Jour. Chim. Phys.,
t. 16, 1918, p. 322. 1.697, observed ... 1.3127, observed.. Moissan, Compt. rend., t.
138, 1904, p. 728. 3.6443, observed 2.8190, observed | Moles, Jour. Chim. Phys., t.
15, 1917, pp. 464-465. 1.6398, observed 1.2684, observed. Guye, Jour. Am. Chem. Soc.,
vol. 30, 1908, p. 43. 0.0899, observed. 0.0695, observed. - Morley, Smithsonian Inst.,
1895. 1.5392, observed. - 1.1906, observed Baumé and Perrot, Jour.
Chim. Phys., t. 6, 1908, p.
610. 0.7168, observed.. 0.5545, observed.. Baumé and Perrot, Jour.Chim.
Phys., t. 7, 1909, p. 369. 2.3045, observed 1.7826, observed.. Baumé, Jour. Chim. Phys., t.
6, 1908, pp. 1-90. 2.1096, observed. 1.6318, observed. Do. 1.3402, observed.) 1.0367, observed. Guye and Pavila, Mem. Soc.
Phys. et Hist. Nat. de Ge
neva, t. 35, 1908, p. 648. 1.9777, observed. 1.5228, observed.. Guye, Jour. Am. Chem. Soc.,
vol. 30, 1908, p. 143 1.2507, observed.. 0.9674, observed | Rayleigh, Proc. Royal Soc.,
vol. 62, 1897, p. 204. 1.4291, observed - 1.1054, observed... Guye, Pintza, Germann, Mor
ley, Leduc, and Rayleigh. 3.2194, calculated. 2. 4902, calculated Calculated. 3.1297, calculated. 2.4208, calculated Do. 2.0200, observed.. 1.5625, observed. Timmermans, Jour. Chim.
Phys., t. 18, 1920, p. 133. 1.8779, calculated. 1.4526, calculated. Calculated. 4.6840, observed - 3.6232, observed. Germann and Booth, Jour.
Phys. Chem., vol. 21, 1917,
pp. 81-100. 2.9266, observed. 2.2638, observed.. Jacquerod and Pintza, Mem.
Soc. Phys. et Hist. Nat. de
Geneva, t. 35, 1908, p. 592. 0.8048, calculated. 0.6997, calculated. 1.2928, observed ---
Guye, Jour. Chim. Phys., vol.
15, 1917, p. 561. 1.7809, observed - 1.3766, observed. Guye, Jour. Chim. Phys., vol.
_ 5, 1907, p. 203. 0.1785, observed. 0.1381, observed. Taylor, Phys. Rev., vol. 10,
1917, p. 653. 3.7063, observed - 2.8669, observed - Moore, Jour. Chem. Soc., vol.
93, 1908, p. 2181. 0.9000, observed. 0.6962, observed. Leduc, Compt. rend., t. 158,
1914, p. 864. 5.837, observed - 4.515, observed. Moore, Jour. Chem. Soc., vol.
93, 1908, p. 2181.
. This table was adopted by the chemical section of the Pittsburgh experiment station of the Bureau of Mines in January, 1921.
Molecular weights as taken, oxygen=32. c Weight of gases per liter at 0° C. and 760 mm. were obtained by the following formula: The calculated
molecular weight of gas weight of gas per literamolecular weight of oxygen=32'
Specific gravity of gas (air=1)=weight of gas per liter divided by 1.2928.
PROPERTIES OF THE MORE COMMON PARAFFIN HYDROCARBONS
Because of the increased interest taken in natural gas and in gasoJine from the natural-gas industry, the authors have compiled from various sources the following table showing the properties of the more common paraffin hydrocarbons:
a Holleman, A. F., Organic chemistry. Edited by A. J. Walker, 1910, p. 41, > Other authorities give -17° C.
Properties of the gaseous and some of the liquid paraffins
a Wright, L. T., Jour. Chem, Soc., vol. 47, 1885, p. 200.
Landolt, H., and Börnstein, R., Physikalisch-chemische Tabellen. 1905, pp. 182-185 (by Dewar). • Landolt, H., and Börnstein, R. Work cited, pp. 182-185 (by Olszewski). & Frankland, P., Jour. Chem. Soc., vol. 47, 1885, p. 235.
SUMMARY The apparatus and methods described in this bulletin have proved suitable for the analysis of gas mixtures containing the constituents usually determined in gas analysis. The apparatus shown in Plate III is especially adapted for making a complete and accurate analysis of mixtures containing very small proportions of some constituents. The range of work possible with the apparatus is limited by the capacity of the stem of the burette, which is purposely made small so that successive graduations may mean very small differences in volume. Gas mixtures containing large percentages of such constituents as methane, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide are analyzed with the apparatus shown in Figure 10. For such mix
tures an apparatus as accurate as that shown in Plate III is seldom necessary. With these two types of apparatus the authors perform most of the eudiometric analyses in connection with their investigations for the Bureau of Mines, whose gas laboratory makes over 400 determinations a month. .
The other apparatus illustrated in this bulletin are modifications of these two types and are designed for special work. Mining com• panies, for example, are chiefly interested in the methane content of mine air, or in the amount of methane and carbon dioxide therein.
A particular ventilation study may frequently require a large number of analyses for carbon dioxide and oxygen.64
Laboratories at industrial plants not infrequently are content to sacrifice speed in the endeavor to make more accurate determinations of industrial gases than can be made with the ordinary technical forms of apparatus designed for use with water in the burette and combustion pipette. The apparatus shown in Figure 11 is adapted for such work, and is also suitable for a large variety of. experimental work. For analyses of natural gas, which constitute the gas analyses made in connection with some investigations, the apparatus shown in Figure 12 has been stripped of unnecessary pipettes, as shown in Figure 26. In designing apparatus for special work a reduction in the number of parts has been sought, because needless parts involve complications.
An attempt was made to assemble precise apparatus for exact work in experimental and other laboratories, as well as simpler apparatus for field work and for use by mining men who are not very familiar with apparatus for gas analysis. For instance, the authors have found that men entirely unfamiliar with such apparatus have done good work with the apparatus shown in Figures 7, 8, and 9 after a little instruction.
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