THE OXIDATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE BY OXYGEN IN SHOCK WAVES.
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS GIBBS CHEMICAL LAB
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The oxidation of CO by O2, with and without small amounts of added H2, was investigated in very dilute mixtures with argon. The reaction was followed in incident shock waves by measuring CO and CO2 infrared emissions for about 2000 micro sec particle time over the 1700 to 2600 K range. The reaction shows an initial accelerating rate followed, in H2 mixtures, by a period of constant rate. The observed rates could not be explained by the other proposed mechanism, which postulated electronically excited CO2 as a chain carrier. Author
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