Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Definition - What does Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) mean?

Liquified Petroleum Gas is a flammable blend of hydrocarbon gases which are used as fuel in vehicles, cooking equipment and heating appliances. It is also known as propane or butane, which is a non-renewable fossil fuel in gaseous form that gets turned into liquid under moderate pressure conditions. Butylenes, propylenes and various other hydrocarbons are present in the gas but in small concentrations. It evaporates quickly at normal pressure and temperature conditions because its boiling point is below room temperature. It is used as a refrigerant, aerosol propellant and also used for replacing the chlorofluorocarbons to reduce the damages to the ozone layer.

Petropedia explains Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Liquified Petroleum Gas can be used in various ways. It is commonly used in cylinders across various different markets as a powerful fuel container in the recreation, fishing, sailing, agricultural, calefaction, hospitality and construction sectors. The gas can be used as fuel for central heating, water heating and for cooking as it is particularly an efficient and cost effective way for heating off grid homes. It has two main hazards– if the air and gas are within the explosive limits, there is chance of explosion when an ignition source is present, and it can cause suffocation because it displaces air and decreases oxygen concentration in the air.

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