995.    ---------------.  [FISCHER, F., AND PETERS, K.]  [Influence of Electrical Discharge on Gas Containing Hydrocarbons at Diminished Pressure.]  Ztschr. Physik. Chem., Abt. A, vol. 141, 1929, pp. 180-194; Chem. Abs., vol. 23, 1929, p. 3861.

     Discharge tube with steel electrodes both cooled by incoming gas, was used.  CH4, both pure and distilled with H2, was drawn through the tube.  C2H2 was condensed with liquid air.  Most of the CH4 was converted to C2H2 and H2.  The influence of gas velocity, tube loading, and pressure are shown in tables.  A pressure of 50 mm., gas velocity of 370 l./hr., and 1.3 kv.-a. power input gave 8.5% C2H2 in the exit gas, at an electric energy consumption of 31 kv.-a./m.3 C2H2.