Published by swansont on April 25, 2012 05:47 am
under Other science, Physics, Video
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First place I saw this didn’t mention what the combustion reaction was, but via kottke:
If you mix calcium carbide and water, it produces acetylene. Acetylene is extremely flammable and can launch 55-gallon drums into the air when ignited.
“They found that if liquid acetylene in a steel bottle be heated at one point by a platinum wire raised to a red heat, the whole mass decomposes…to 100,000 psi”
Think of it as evolution in action.
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