Is this combustion of steam?

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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.
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russ_watters
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I'm not sure what you saw, but you can't separate hydrogen and oxygen from water with a centrifuge.
 
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Borek
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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 .
 

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