2 Overview of carbon dioxide

An overview of carbon dioxide – by the end of this section you will:

  • understand the thermodynamics of carbon dioxide including understanding the implications of impurities on the underlying thermodynamics;
  • understand the key properties of liquid carbon dioxide;
  • understand the key properties of supercritical carbon dioxide;
  • have an appreciation of some of the hazards of carbon dioxide;
  • understand the implications of carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon mixtures, and
  • understand how a ‘boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion’ (BLEVE) event could occur.