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Re^2: I usually boil water for tea using a(n) ...

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Feb 19, 2013 at 19:26 UTC ( #1019648=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Yes, water can burn, but not using oxygen as an oxidizing agent. See http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php, noting especially the quote:

It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals-steel, copper, aluminium, etc.-because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.

Not only will water burn with ClF3, it will spontaneously burst into flame!


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Comment on Re^2: I usually boil water for tea using a(n) ...
Re: I usually boil water for tea using a(n) ...
by jonadab (Parson) on Feb 27, 2013 at 15:09 UTC
    Yes, water can burn, but not using oxygen as an oxidizing agent.
    Going the other direction, water can also be used as the oxidizing agent, depending on what you want to burn. (Things on the left hand side of the periodic table tend to work rather well.)

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