Monday 3 December 2012

Dr. Schaphaeutl's Exploding Water Experiments, Tetrafluoroethane & Boiler Explosions

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Dr. Schaphaeutl starts with a discussion about Leidenfrost's work, finishes with a discourse on boiler explosions, but his methods of obtaining water explosions are the most interesting. The Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette, Volume 30, 1839. Use magnify button and right scroll bar.

Many horrific accidents happened with boilers at the beginning of the steam age. Boiler explosions frequently looked as though an explosive charge had destroyed them, rather than bursting due to overpressure. These books are full of detail and conjecture concerning the phenomenon -

Fascinating article about triggering steam explosions -
The Release of Drops of Molten Ferrosilicon and Silicon into Water: Pressure Transients Generated During Triggered Steam Explosions.
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Explosive flash boiling of tetrafluoroethane

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

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WARNING - Many subjects outlined within this site are extremely dangerous and are provided here for information only. Please don`t experiment with high voltages or chemicals unless you are fully conversant with safe laboratory practices. No liability will be accepted for death, injury or damage arising from experimentation using any information or materials supplied.