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Uses of Aluminium

  1. Jun 5, 2012 #1
    Straight off of one of my textbooks:
    "Cooking a chicken with pure aluminium foil should be a dangerous activity. This is because the aluminium metal would react with the steam given off from the chicken to produce aluminium oxide and hydrogen... BANG! Can you explain why this does not happen? ""

    I feel that this does not happen because aluminium is corrosion resistant with its own protective oxide coat, but I have a feeling there are other possible explanations.

    Discuss.

    BiP
     
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  3. Jun 6, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    Sounds correct to me, aluminum foil is passivated with oxides, so amount of hydrogen that can be produced is way too low.
     
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