Gaseous Hydrocarbons

Published: May 20, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Gaseous Hydrocarbons Mean?

Gaseous hydrocarbons are organic compounds of hydrogen and carbon that are in a gaseous state. At room temperature, the hydrocarbons methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6) are gaseous. Natural gas is a hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane.

Trenchless methods are used to install and maintain pipes used in the natural gas industry.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Gaseous Hydrocarbons

A hydrocarbon is an organic compound found naturally in underground reserves of liquid petroleum and natural gas. It can also be found in a bituminous solid known as asphalt. Hydrocarbons are widely used in the modern world to heat our homes and fuel our cars and serve as the basic stuff of thermoplastic polymers used in a variety of products.

The three states of matter most people are familiar with are liquid, gas and solid. The same element or compound can change state depending on the temperature and pressure. Water, for instance, turns to ice when it freezes or water vapor when it boils. The hydrocarbons methane and ethane remain in a gaseous state at ambient temperature (68°-74°F) even when under pressure.

Trenchless construction operators must take great care when dealing with natural gas. Gaseous hydrocarbons such as natural gas are combustible when exposed to air and an ignition source.

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