Posted 5/4/2021 07:33 (#8986471 - in reply to #8986227) Subject: RE: A ton of fuel = how much Co2
Sioux County, NWIA
That isn’t a guess, that is the way it is. Burning petroleum fuel is an oxidation reaction. Hydrocarbons are composed mainly of C (carbon) and H (hydrogen). Both are oxidized into CO2 and H2O. You will notice that 2 O atoms get combined to each 1 C atom which is why burning compounds containing C make such disproportionate amounts of CO2 by weight. What’s more is O weighs a bit more atomically than C does.
The phenomena of oxidation adding weight is illustrated in the high school lab experiment of weighing a piece of steel wool, then holding it over an bunsen burner for a time (causing oxidation) then weighing the steel wool again. It will have gained measurable weight.