Haber Process Simulation: The Chemistry Behind Fertilizers
We have a three-dimensional display that has helped visitors visualize some of the chemistry behind fertilizers. This Haber Process simulation works with some simple light animation and a couple spinning motors.
Germans and Ammonia Production
In the early 1900s, a couple German scientists developed a new process for ammonia production. It gave us an easier way to produce the ammonia we need for crop fertilizers. The process is commonly known as the Haber Process or the Haber-Bosch Process. It bears the names of its German inventors, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch.
The Haber Process still plays a very significant role in agricultural science. And it plays a big role in the production of the food that consumers eat every day. But many of today’s consumers don’t know about Haber and Bosch’s work. Or this process, for that matter.
The process was revolutionary in its ability to take the nitrogen naturally occurring in the air and and convert it into ammonia by reacting it with hydrogen. Before the Haber Process, folks had a hard time producing ammonia. This was because of the inefficiency of the old processes. The Haber Process, however, made ammonia much easier to come by.
Chemistry with Fancy Lights
We developed a display for our client AgroLiquid that works as a simulation of the Haber Process. This high-tech two-sided display primarily uses light animation to show how it all works. Lights travel through the different elements of the structure, showing the movement of the chemicals. Additional spinning motors add motion and bring extra interest to the exhibit element.
Informational signs offer visitors further explanation of the process and the history behind its development. Some pictures and graphs give some historical context and scientific explanations that help visitors make sense of the Haber Process simulation.
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