Is this combustion of steam?

In summary, the conversation discussed the accidental use of a primitive centrifuge to spin steam, resulting in the separation of hydrogen and oxygen components and the appearance of a blue flame. However, it was noted that it is not possible to separate hydrogen and oxygen from water using a centrifuge. The topic of burning in steam was also brought up, with the conclusion that contact with red hot coke can produce "water gas" but this is not a true burning process. This was linked to historical incidents of malfunctioning equipment in industry.
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Once upon a time I managed (unintentionally) to use a primitive centrifuge to spin a jet of steam. The spinning steam jet separated (or more likely partially separated) into hydrogen and oxygen components. A blue flame appeared at the confluence of gasses. I do believe that steam had partial combustion.
Any ideas?
 
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I'm not sure what you saw, but you can't separate hydrogen and oxygen from water with a centrifuge.
 
  • #3
Is there anything that can burn in steam? From what I remember thermal decomposition of water requires temperatures well above the typical temperature of steam used in industrial settings.
 
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Not exactly burn but steam coming into contact with red hot coke produces the dangerous ' water gas ' .

Accidental or out of control production of water gas in malfunctioning equipment in industry caused several serious incidents in Victorian times .

Coke can be formed when many carbon based materials are overheated .
 

1. What is combustion of steam?

Combustion of steam refers to the process of burning steam to produce energy. This process involves the chemical reaction of steam with a fuel source, such as coal or natural gas, to produce heat and steam.

2. How does combustion of steam work?

During combustion of steam, the fuel source is heated and vaporized, mixing with the steam to create a gas mixture. This mixture is then ignited, causing a chain reaction that releases heat and steam. The steam can then be used to power turbines and generate electricity.

3. What are the benefits of combustion of steam?

Combustion of steam is a relatively efficient and cost-effective way to produce energy. It also produces fewer emissions compared to other forms of combustion, making it a cleaner option for power generation.

4. Are there any potential dangers or risks associated with combustion of steam?

Like any form of combustion, there is a potential for accidents or explosions if the process is not properly controlled. Additionally, combustion of certain fuels can release harmful pollutants into the air, so proper regulation and emissions control measures are important.

5. How is combustion of steam used in everyday life?

Combustion of steam is used in many industries, including power generation, transportation, and manufacturing. It is also used in homes for heating and cooking. Additionally, the process of combustion is used in chemical reactions and production of various products.

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