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Phosphorus - flame temperature

  1. Jul 26, 2010 #1
    I've researched online and can't find the temperature that burning phosphorus (red and white) reaches.
    Judging by the brightness and color of the flame from pictures, I'm guessing it can't be as high as that of magnesium, but it still looks like several thousand degrees.
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  4. Aug 30, 2010 #3

    If there's a chemist who has access to the equipment and the element, if you have some free time to do so, would you please measure the flame temperature for me? I would be most grateful.

    I'm quite curious about this, and haven't been able to find the answer anywhere.
  5. Aug 30, 2010 #4


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    There really isn't such a thing as a well-defined "flame temperature". The temperature a flame reaches depends entirely on the circumstances.

    Charcoal in a barbecue does not have the same temperature as charcoal in a blast furnace.
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