￼THE WOODSTOCK TIMES
A factory proposal, production of ammonia to help the
There has been a proposal to build a factory within the small town of Woodstock. It is a town that is surrounded by agriculture land as it grows crops for more than 60% of the world and gets imported to other cities. The town area is 61.8 square miles and as we know 65% of our land is agricultural which means that crops are produced on a daily basis. A factory that will produce a fertilizer to help the farmers grow taller and healthier crops, in which case they yield better results. The Haber Process is when the nitrogen from the air is combined with hydrogen using a catalyst of iron and using a high temperature of 400-450oC and a high pressure to make ammonia. The chemical equation for ammonia is N2(g) + 3H2(g) 2NH3(g) and this is reversible action and the ammonia production is exothermic. Ammonia plays a crucial part in our life as it contributes to produce food for the vast amount of the population.
A method that is used for the haber process is the Le Chatelier’s principle. The principle of Le Chatelier states that the equilibrium shifts to the left side of the reaction which results a decreased yield of ammonia as the forward reaction is exothermic. This is because reducing the temperature will result the equilibrium to reduce the effect of the change and will produce more heat as this an exothermic reaction and as a result it will have a higher yield to produce the most amount of ammonia possible. If we increase the pressure the process will favor the reaction which will produces fewer molecules and this will cause the pressure to drop. To get the most ammonia possible from the equilibrium, we need a high pressure as possible which would be about 200 atmospheres. ("Haber process for optimum performance", 2010)("Uses and Production of Ammonia (Haber Process)", 2004) ("The Haber Process for the manufacture of ammonia") Today haber process has helped us all on a daily basis...