Formula: N/A | CAS: 8008-20-6

Kerosene detection: Or isopropyl alcohol, is a clear, colorless liquid that emits an odor that resembles acetone. It is a commercially available product mainly is found as a 70% solution in rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers.

Kerosene Detection On A Day to Day Basis

The main use of kerosene is as a base for aviation fuel but it also has applications as a solvent in paints, cleaners, pesticides, and some eye medicines. It was previously a common fuel for stoves, heaters, and lamps and is still used today as a fuel for home (‘oil’) central heating systems.

Like most chemicals, the amount of kerosene you are exposed to must be above a certain
level to cause adverse health effects. Breathing large quantities of kerosene vapour or
drinking kerosene-based liquids may cause non-specific signs such as dizziness, headache
and vomiting. Repeated skin exposure may result in dermatitis (eczema). A short, one-off
exposure to kerosene is unlikely to result in any long-term effects. However, a severe form
of lung injury called pneumonitis (pronounced ‘new-mown-eye-tus’) may occur if liquid
kerosene is inhaled directly into the lungs, for example, whilst manually siphoning a tank or
from inhaling vomit after swallowing kerosene.
– Health Protection Agency

Kerosene detection in the production of it?

Kerosene’s color tends to be light, clear, and free from solid matter. It’s typically pale, yellow, or colorless but often has a dye added to distinguish it from other fuels such as red diesel.

Kerosene has a thin viscosity and a density between 0.78-0.81 g/cm³ (gram per cubic centimeter). Its actual density is 0.82 g/cm³, however as a paraffin is 0.8g/cm³ and the two oils are virtually the same, a happy medium is found at 0.81g/cm³.

Chemically, kerosene is made up of a mixture of hydrocarbons. Its composition varies depending on its source, but typically contains around 10 different hydrocarbons, each containing 10-16 carbon atoms per molecule.

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Formula: N/A | CAS: 8008-20-6

Synonyms: Jet fuel 5, Jet fuel 8, K-1 kerosene, hydrotreated distillate light, white kerosene, stove oil, light distillate, furnace oil, fuel oil light

Kerosene is a low flammable, wide-cut hydrocarbon fuel comprising hydrocarbons typically containing between 10 and 16 carbon atoms. It is used widely as a fuel and for lighting where electricity is not easily available, and in jet fuel grades.

Specification Value/Information
CAS no. 8008-20-6
Gas Response Factor, 11.7 eV NA
Gas Response Factor, 10.6 eV 0.80
Gas Response Factor, 10.0 eV 0.70
ppm per mg/m⁻³, (20 °C, 1 bar) 0.142
Molecular Weight, g/mole 170.0
Melting point, °C -46
Specification Value/Information
Boiling point, °C 175
Flash point, °C 65
Upper Explosive Limit, % 6.5
Lower Explosive Limit, % 0.6
Density,⁻³ 0.81
Ionisation Energy, eV 8
NIOSH TWA REL, mg.m⁻³ 100

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