4A40.70 - Liquid Oxygen - Acceleration of Combustion

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Liquid Oxygen - Acceleration of Combustion
Accelerating Combustion
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Petri dish, Liquid Oxygen, Dewar, Tongs, Grill Lighter, Animal Crackers, Cigarettes, Rice Krispies.

Prepare some liquid oxygen using the copper LOX generator.  Soak the animal cracker or cigarette in the LOX for a period of time.  Place the cracker in a Petri dish and light with the grill lighter.  The cracker should be consumed in a few seconds because of the greatly enhanced presence of oxygen.

  • Greg DiLisi and Stella McLean, "The Apollo 1 Fire: A Case Study in the Flammability of Fabrics", TPT, Vol. 57, #4, Apr. 2019, p. 236.
  • George M. Hopkins', "Liquid Air and its Phenomena", Experimental Science, Volume Two, p. 268.
  • Charles Vivian, "How To Burn Steel", Science Experiments & Amusements For Children, p. 6.

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