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## <a name="Paraffin Information"></a> Paraffin Information

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Currently we are investigating using paraffin wax as the fuel for our hybrid motor <br />

Paraffin Wax is a natural product derived from the molecular components of decayed vegetable and animal material. Paraffin wax consists of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons with the following general properties. <br />

- Non-reactive
- Non-toxic
- Colorless
- Can be scented and made with way-cool colors

Paraffin waxes are characterized by a clearly defined crystal structure and have the tendency to be hard and brittle. The melt point of paraffin waxes generally falls between 120° and 160°F. Individual wax properties are determined by molecular size &amp; structure, chemical composition and oil content. Paraffin wax consists mostly of straight chain hydrocarbons with 80 to 90% normal paraffin content and the balance consists of branched paraffin’s (iso-paraffins) and cycloparaffins. <br />

The burning of paraffin produces water vapor, carbon, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. <br />

We will initially try a commercially available “hurricane wax” used in making candles. <br />

[http://www.discountcandleshop.com/product\_info.php/products\_id/531](http://www.discountcandleshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/531)

This wax has a melting point of around 160 deg Fahrenheit. The melting point may be increased through the use of additives. <br />

The paraffin wax we are using has a density of:

### <a name="0.895 grams/cm^3"></a> 0.895 grams/cm^3

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