Flow reactor studies of carbon monoxide/hydrogen/oxygen kinetics

R. A. Yetter, F. L. Dryer, H. Rabitz

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New data on the kinetics of CO/H2O/O2and H2/O2mixtures in the temperature range of 852–1138 K and at 1 atmosphere pressure are reported. The data were obtained from adiabatic, constant pressure flow reactor experiments for variations in the initial carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen contents of the mixture and also for variations in the initial temperature. In particular, the results define explosion limit temperatures for near stoichiometric mixtures of CO/H2O/O2and H2/O2systems at atmospheric pressure without the presence of surfaces and also demonstrate the complex relationship between water vapor concentration and the carbon monoxide oxidation rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-140
Number of pages12
JournalCombustion science and technology
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


  • CO/H
  • flow reactor
  • kinetics


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