Red vs. Blue quote: "you could bitch about anything.." :hammer:
Nitrous Oxide - means Nitrogen and Oxygen....
The extra oxygen you're injecting, mixed with the extra fuel = extra bang = more power.
Nitrogen isn't flameable - you little caffer. you should know that from welding.
The way it was explained to me was: the nitrogen is added to make it stable, straight oxygen would be too flameable/explosive.
anyone heard the same?
Here's some definitions I just got from a web search:
Nitrous oxide is composed of two parts nitrogen and one part oxygen. When the compression stroke heats the nitrous to 572 degrees F, it breaks down and releases extra oxygen. The release of this oxygen allows the engine to intake and burn a much larger amount of fuel. When this extra fuel is burned, it in turn creates higher cylinder pressures which then make the extra power that one experiences
In addition to increased cylinder pressure, the nitrous also provides a cooling effect that allows for an additional horsepower increase. As the pressurized nitrous is injected into the intake manifold it boils and changes from its liquid form to a gas. This boiling effect reduces the nitrous's temperature to minus 72 degrees and lowers the intake charge temperatures anywhere from 60-75 degrees.
Nitrous Oxide boosts engine performance in a number of ways, some of which are not fully understood. Its primary effect seems to be exerted through its ability to release oxygen at high temperatures. When Nitrous decomposes, a single mole will release 1/2 mole of oxygen, allowing an oxygen saturation of 33% to be reached. Air, which contains only 21% oxygen, permits a maximum saturation of only 21%. This oxygen combines with hydrocarbons such as gasoline, alcohol, and diesel fuel to produce carbon dioxide and water vapor, which expand and exert pressure on pistons. The greater the oxygen saturation, the higher the pressure and the greater the power released.