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# Calorific value for hydrocarbons

## Calorific value for hydrocarbons

(OP)
Hi all
I ask why calorific value for ch4 is higher than all the other ( heavier hydrocarbons) like Ethane , propane ... despite all these heavier HC 'a should have more carbon atoms than ch4 !!

### RE: Calorific value for hydrocarbons

Chemistry.
Write out the reactions, calculate the Free Energy values.
It is a more optimal package.

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P.E. Metallurgy, consulting work welcomed

### RE: Calorific value for hydrocarbons

(OP)
Why gives more heat than burning ethane for example ???
Reaction is the burning reaction
CH4 + 2 O2 → CO2 + 2 H2O (ΔH = −891 k J/mol,)

### RE: Calorific value for hydrocarbons

Look at the same for ethane, look at the ratio of CO2:H2O that you get.
And then covert moles to either a volume or a mass and compare.

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P.E. Metallurgy, consulting work welcomed

### RE: Calorific value for hydrocarbons

That is not what I see in Perry Chem Engg Handbook for std. net combustion heat values for methane and ethane:
C1 : 802kJ/gm mol
C2 : 1429kJ/gm mol

Values are based on product H20 in gas phase, while your value for C1 is for water in liquid phase

### RE: Calorific value for hydrocarbons

Maybe the OP is running a condensing boiler and hasn't said so . . . another case of a paucity of information being provided . . .

CR

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