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Graphite electrode destroyed in electrolysis

  1. Jun 2, 2015 #1
    I built a Hoffman apparatus with graphite electrodes. I hooked it up to a make shift power supply from an xbox powerblock. It was filled with battery acid for the electrolyte. Now, the graphite electrode is 99% graphite rod.

    For some reason the graphite electrode on the negative(black) connection turns to powder. It stops producing gas; upon inspection, I find black mush floating in the electrolyte. Can anyone shed some light on the reason why? I'm tired of redoing this. It also happened with corrugated graphite ribbon electrodes.
     
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  3. Jun 2, 2015 #2
    The graphite electrode turns to powder because it is made of powder. Use carbon fibers instead.
     
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