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Old 05-14-2001, 09:09 AM   #1
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Lightbulb What is Nitrous Oxide?

Continued from the post, "Who runs N20???"

I wasn't posting this as far as knowledge that I know but only what I found on the internet. That's why I posted quotes and links. I'm basically saying that I was clueless so I looked to see if it was either or myself. I originally thought it ws N20 because that what you always see on the websites and all.

Yes Nick, people are a bit picky here...no doubt. But this discussion has to come to a close so I hope this thread isn't closed before we come to an agreement on which one it actually is. <---This is in reference to the other post. So I looked into it further *Head hurting*

"Nitrous oxide is made up of 2 parts nitrogen and one part oxygen (36% oxygen by weight) (Dinitrogen Oxide). During the combustion process in an engine, at about 572 degrees F., nitrous breaks down and releases oxygen. This extra oxygen creates additional power by allowing more fuel to be burned. Nitrogen acts to buffer, or dampen the increased cylinder pressures helping to control the combustion process. Nitrous also has a tremendous "intercooling" effect by reducing intake charge temperatures by 60 to 75 degrees F."

I can not find any info about N02 being used in an internal combustion engine this way. . The statement above is specific. N20 is also used to get high by many teenagers as well as in dental offices and hospitals to relieve pain. They all referred to N20 not N02.

What I find odd is that the Nos sticker on my bottle doesn't state the scientific chemical name but only Nitrous Oxide. Some 'surnames' can be substituted so I assume Nitrous Oxide is ok to use. Nitrous Oxide, N20, and Dinitrogen Oxide are all one and the same.

N02, in its pure state, nitrogen dioxide is a reddish-orange-brown gas with a characteristic pungent odor. It is corrosive and a strong oxidizing agent.

With the above said, when someone purges their N02 out of their car, you would see a reddish-orange-brown gas that smells. This is simply not the case.

Approximately 78% of air is composed of nitrogen and about 21% is oxygen. During high temperature combustion the nitrogen in the air reacts with oxygen to produce oxides of nitrogen (NOx). Most of the NOx created during this process is nitric oxide (NO). Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is formed as NO combines with oxygen in the air (oxidation).

So during high temperature combustion, this gas is created from the chemical process. With this being said, it can not be introduced into the engine as N02 then be created after the combustion process. Major sources of N02 are combustion associated processes, such as, motor vehicles, power plants, space heating, aircraft, as well as any high temperature combustion process used in industrial work. What is important to know that it's made after the combustion process, not introduced into the engine beforehand.

As a matter of fact you can say that when running N20, N02 is exhausted into the atmosphere after the combustion process. I am just going by what I've found on the net because I do not know. Sorry to confuse and/or misinform. L8Rs

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Well put.

If you would like more info on Chemicals, here is a good place to go. http://www.chemfinder.com/ It shows diagrams, etc. and lists MSDS also.

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To Bankheist et al.:

I stand corrected. FWIW, I was not trying to be a "know-it-all." I honestly thought it was NO2. Perhaps I was seeing NOS and dyslexized the S into a 2. Personally, I've never actually seen it typed out as N2O.
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