Sulphur is melted, and sprayed into the air and heated to 1000oC. The sulphur burns violently to give sulphur dioxide. The heat produced is used to help run the rest of the factory.
Write out the equation. S(g) + O2(g) -----> SO2(g) DeltaH298 = -297 kJ mol-1
Why will this enthalpy value not be the same for the reaction at the factory?
This value is for standard temperature 298oC. At the factory the temp is 1000oC.
The burning of sulphur produces a mixture of gases, about 10% sulphur dioxide and
10% oxygen by volume. What does the remaining 80% of this gas mixture consist of,
and what do these figures tell you about the combustion of sulphur.
The remaining gas mixture conatins unreacted gases from the air ( nitrogen and argon). If all the oxygen in the furnace was used up in combustion the final mixture would contain about 20% sulphur dioxide by volume. This would hamper the second stage as more oxygen would need to be added.
Add heat to the equation and then write Kc for this reaction
Kc = [SO3]2[heat]/[SO2]2[O2]
For the forward reaction comment on the pressure- is it increased or decreased-why?
It is decreased as there are less molecules.
Using Le Chateliers principle answer the following questions with a view to maximising the percentage of sulphur trioxide
a. Should the sulphur trioxide be removed as it is formed? Yes if it is removed then the reaction will try and counteract this and end up producing more sulphur trioxide. b. Should the temperature be high or low? Low as it is exothermic and will shift ----> if less heat. c. Should the pressure be high or low? High as there are less molecules on the right side so the equilibrium will shift ---> at high pressure. ~@@~Platinum has been used as a catalyst but it is expensive and easily poisoned by impurities so vanadium (v) oxide ( formula = V2O5) is used with traces of potassium sulphate ( formula =K2SO4).
If water is used on its own a corrosive mist of sulphuric acid is produced which can not be condensed and is a pollutant.
The sulphur trioxide is absorbed into 98% sulphuric acid forming oleum, a dense oily liquid that is a solution of sulphur trioxide in sulphuric acid. The oleum is diluted in water to obtain the required concentration of sulphuric acid (a very exothermic reaction).
1. Acid rain corrodes buildings, monuments and statues made from marbles and sandstone. The calcium carbonate in the marble reacts with sulphuric acid from the rain to form calcium sulphate.
2. Acid rain corrodes metallic structures. The iron from the steel bridges reacts with sulphuric acid to form Iron(II) Sulphate.
3. Acid rain increases the acidity of water in lakes and rivers. Fish and other aquatic organisms which cannot live in acidic water may die. Acid rain disturbs the ecosystem.
4. Acid rain increases the acidity of soil. Most plants cannot grow well in acidic soil. The reaction of sulphuric acid with aluminium compounds in the soil forms Aluminium Sulphate which can damage the roots of trees. The damaged roots are easily attacked by viruses and bacteria. As a result, the trees die of a combination of malnutrition and diseases.
5. Acid rain leaches minerals and nutrients in the soil. The acid can react with the minerals in the soil to form soluble salts. The dissolved salts are carried by the rainwater into rivers and lakes. As a result, plants lack of sufficient essential nutrients for growth.