Ethane is an alkane with the chemical formula C2H6. As a hydrocarbon, it can undergo hydrocarbon combustion which gives off heat. Ethane is one of the hydrocarbon components of natural gas, which is a type of fossil fuel. In its purest form, ethane is a colourless, odourless substance. This gas is often put under enough pressure to turn into a liquid.
Below is a table of some basic properties of ethane.
|Molar mass||30.1 grams/mole|
|Energy density||53.2 MJ/kg |
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