Properties of Kerosene

Kerosene is used as a fuel in jet-propelled aircraft and also as a fuel in some other engines.

Kerosene is also used as a fuel in kerosene lamps, flares, and stoves. It is also used as a degreaser.

Physical properties of Kerosene
Based on a chromatographic analysis of the fuel


CAS number: 8008-20-6
IMIS11: K107
RTECS number: OA5500000
molecular weight: 170 (approximately, C9 to C16 hydrocarbons)
melting point: -51 C
boiling point: 175-325 C
appearance: colourless to pale straw
density: 0.8 - 0.81g /mL
odor: odourless
flash point: 65-85 C
molecular formula: C9 to C16 hydrocarbon
synonyms: kerosine; coal oil; fuel oil no.1; range oil
solubility: Insoluble in water, miscible in all petroleum solvents
structural composition:

Composition varies greatly and includes C9 to C16 hydrocarbons

(aliphatic and aromatic) with a boiling range of about 175 to 325 C

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