Gases

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Natural gas comes out of the ground in Taiwan. Credit: (WT-shared) Naplee12 at wts wikivoyage.

A gas has the characteristic of being a substance which expands freely to fill any space.

Its atoms or molecules remain independent subject to temperature or pressure.

Theoretical gases[edit]

Def. any "matter that can be contained only if it is fully surrounded by a solid (or in a bubble of liquid) (or held together by gravitational pull)"[1] is called a gas.

The ideal gas laws describe a theoretical gas.

Def. relating "to, or existing as, gas"[2] is called gaseous.

Inert gases[edit]

Main sources: Gases/Inerts and Inert gases

Def. a "gas which does not undergo chemical reactions"[3] is called an inert gas.

Noble gases[edit]

Main sources: Gases/Nobles and Noble gases

Def. any "of the elements of group 18 of the periodic table, being monatomic and (with very limited exceptions) inert"[4] is called a noble gas.

Def. any "monatomic and (with very limited exceptions) inert"[4] gas is called a noble gas.

Gaseous objects[edit]

Gaseous objects have at least one chemical element or compound present in the gaseous state. These gaseous components make up at least 50 % of the detectable portion of the gaseous object.

Hydrogens[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Hydrogens and Hydrogens
Spectrum = gas discharge tube filled with hydrogen H2, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.
Spectrum = gas discharge tube filled with deuterium D2, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Molecular hydrogen gas is excited in the discharge tube shown on the right. When an electron returns to a lower energy orbital state the purple color is observed.

"Molecular hydrogen (H2) [is] a colourless, odourless and flammable gas at room temperature."[5]

"The familiar red H-alpha [Hα 656 nm] spectral line of hydrogen gas, which is the transition from the shell n = 3 to the Balmer series shell n = 2, is one of the conspicuous colors of the universe. It contributes a bright red line to the spectra of emission or ionization nebula, like the Orion Nebula, which are often H II regions found in star forming regions. In true-color pictures, these nebula have a distinctly pink color from the combination of visible Balmer lines that hydrogen emits."[6]

A "high-resolution spectrum of the Becklin-Neugebauer (BN) infrared point source located in [the region of the Orion Nebula] ... with the Steward Observatory 2.29 m (90 inch) telescope ... [confirmed] the reality of [the 2.12 μ] line ... on 1976 January 15 and 16. The line was then identified by R. Treffers as the S(1) line of the 1-0 vibration-rotation quadrupole spectrum of H2. Six other lines of the same band were also found. The presence of two of our lines has been confirmed by Grasdalen and Joyce (1976). Electronic transitions of interstellar H2 have previously been observed in the ultraviolet (Carruthers 1970; Smith 1973; Spitzer et al. 1973)."[7]

Heliums[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Heliums and Heliums
Spectrum = gas discharge tube: the noble gas: helium He, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Helium is a "colorless and inert gas".[8]

Helium is a noble gas.

Nitrogens[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Nitrogens and Nitrogens
Spectrum = gas discharge tube filled with nitrogen N2, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

"Molecular nitrogen (N2) [is] a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature."[9]

Oxygens[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Oxygens and Oxygens
Spectrum = gas discharge tube filled with oxygen O2, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

"Molecular oxygen (O2) [is] a colorless, odorless gas at room temperature."[10]

Fluorines[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Fluorines and Fluorines
Observation of fluorine's color (2) and comparison to air (1) or chlorine (3), published in 1892. Credit: Henri Moissan.

The set of images on the right compare the color of air (1) with fluorine (2) and chlorine (3) gases.

Neons[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Neons and Neons
Spectrum = gas discharge tube: the noble gas: neon Ne, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Neon is a noble gas.

Chlorines[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Chlorines and Chlorines
Chlorine gas is contained in an ampoule. Credit: W. Oelen.

Chlorine is a "toxic, green gaseous chemical element".[11]

Argons[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Argons and Argons
Spectrum = gas discharge tube: the noble gas: argon Ar, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length.Alchemist-hp.

Argon is a noble gas.

Kryptons[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Kryptons and Kryptons
Spectrum = gas discharge tube: the noble gas: krypton Kr. Used with 1,8kV, 18mA, 35kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Krypton is a noble gas.

Xenons[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Xenons and Xenons
Spectrum = gas discharge tube: the noble gas: xenon Xe. Used with 1,8kV, 18mA, 35kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Xenon is a "heavy, gaseous chemical element ... of the noble gases group".[12]

Mercuries[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Mercuries and Mercuries
Spectrum = gas discharge tube filled with mercury Hg vapor, used with 1.8 kV, 18 mA, 35 kHz. ≈8" length. Credit: Alchemist-hp.

Radons[edit]

Main sources: Chemicals/Radons and Radons

Radon is "one of the noble gases."[13]

Natural gases[edit]

"Natural gas is a combustible mixture of hydrocarbon gases. While natural gas is formed primarily of methane, it can also include ethane, propane, butane and pentane. The composition of natural gas can vary widely [below is a] typical makeup of natural gas before it is refined."[14]

Typical Makeup of Natural Gas before Refining
Molecules Formula Molecular percents
Methane CH4 70-90 %
Ethane C2H6 0-20 %
Propane C3H8 0-20 %
Butane C10H10 0-20 %
Carbon dioxide CO2 0-8 %
Oxygen O2 0-0.2 %
Nitrogen N2 0-5 %
Hydrogen sulphide H2S 0-5 %
Rare gases Ar, He, Ne, Xe trace

Technology[edit]

Main source: Technology
A dual chamber helium leak detection machine is photographed. Credit: .





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Estimated 2013 U.S. fractional helium use by category. Total use is 47 million cubic meters.[15]

  Cryogenics (32%)
  Pressurizing and purging (18%)
  Welding (13%)
  Controlled atmospheres (18%)
  Leak detection (4%)
  Breathing mixtures (2%)
  Other (13%)
Because of its low density and incombustibility, helium is the gas of choice to fill airships such as the Goodyear blimp. Credit: .
This is a liquid methane pumping station. Credit: hollander.nl.
This rocket engine uses liquid methane to produce a 7,500-pound thrust. Credit: NASA.

"Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work."[16]

"A gas detector is a device which detects the presence of various gases within an area"[17] or volume.

"The combination of nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology allows the production of a hydrogen microsensor that functions properly at room temperature. One type of MEMS-based hydrogen sensor is coated with a film consisting of nanostructured [indium(III)] indium oxide (In2O3) and tin oxide (SnO2).[18] A typical configuration for mechanical Pd-based hydrogen sensors is the usage of a free-standing cantilever that is coated with Pd.[19][20] In the presence of H2, the Pd layer expands and thereby induces a stress that causes the cantilever to bend. Pd-coated nano-mechanical resonators have also been reported in literature, relying on the stress-induced mechanical resonance frequency shift caused by the presence of H2 gas. In this case, the response speed was enhanced through the use of a very thin layer of Pd (20 nm). Moderate heating was presented as a solution to the response impairment observed in humid conditions.[21]"[22]

"Care for the environment is becoming more and more of an issue in business today, also in the transport sector and liquid methane gas is a good alternative for diesel fuel."[23]

"Liquid methane gas and diesel fuel are used in combination. When the liquid methane gas and the diesel fuel are mixed in a proportion of 75-25 a truck can run 500 to 1000 km. depending on the driving circumstances."[23]

"The use of the liquid gas depends on economies that are made by using it. The gas is cheaper. One kilo (liquid methane is expressed in kilos) costs less than one litre of diesel and contains 35% more energy. A truck running on it, is far more expensive though. A normal truck costs 100.000 Euro, a truck running on liquid gas, 35.000 Euro more. And also the refuelling possibilities are restricted. Some more facilities are planned though."[23]

"Rocket engines aren't exactly synonymous with liquid methane, but NASA's latest project shows just what this natural gas is capable of -- produces 7,500-pound thrust in this case. Best of all, "you don't have to put on a HAZMAT suit to handle it like fuels used on many space vehicles.""[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. Jonas Henriksson. "Ultra-low power hydrogen sensing based on a palladium-coated nanomechanical beam resonator". Nanoscale Journal. 
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