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Old March 10th, 2008, 23:36   #14
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I thought stoichiometric was the point of balance in the chemical equation in which all factors of the equation are in balance to react out completely. Yes? Or did paying attention in Chemistry class do nothing for me...?
If this is indeed the case, then think about this-
How is it, that if soot from a diesel is the visible effects of incompletely burned hydrocarbon chains (diesel not being burned) that one can say that a stoich ratio is one that involved bellowing out large quantities of unburned fuel? One would assume that in the situation where there is unburned fuel, that there is an insufficient supply of air. If this is indeed the case, then how can you say the equation is stoich?

Am I missing something? Or am I just an idiot?
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