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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 18 at 12:56pm
Can remember years ago using petrol for thinners and cleaning paint brushes etc, loads of products in normal household use flammable, aerosols, seen horrific video on the news some years ago of a guest at a wedding badly burnt when silly string being sprayed on her exploded, we are surrounded by dangerous products,
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Always been a bit careful WRT petrol and wouldn't usually use it as a solvent (that's not saying I never have.....). Most domestic (and commercial) thinners are rather less volatile though there exceptions (Toluene being one I believe). Stuff like meths, paraffin and white spirit are somewhat less flammable. But they should all be handled with a modicum of caution.
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Originally posted by Dangerousday

Petrol flash point is -43 C so though, yes, it does have to be a vapour before it will ignite, practically there aren't that many places on Earth where it won't.
Quite possibly the most dangerous substance both for being flammable and the nasties it contains that anyone deals with regularly.

Well I agree with your first statement at least. If it didn't have that low flash point our petrol cars wouldn't start in Winter (or at least not without glowplugs like diesels).

But there are other factors, most significantly the air fuel ratio range it will burn. For petrol it is quite narrow. There is that anecdote about throwing a lighted match into a bucket of petrol and watching your mates run for cover while the match fizzles out. It's because the petrol vapour / air mixture at the surface is outside the combustible range. (Don't try this at home though kids.....)

Compare this with hydrogen which will combust in a very wide range of air fuel ratio, and which requires very little ignition energy to do so - a tiny spark or heat source is enough to set it off. Combine that with its propensity to leak from anywhere and everywhere and I consider it to be far more dangerous. How could it be worse? I know, put it in close proximity to a 600 volt car electrical system.

Petrol isn't even that toxic - ok I don't suggest you drink it  - but there are hundreds of liquid hydrocarbons out there that are far worse.
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LEL for petrol / hydrogen aren't that different
But quite agree the range is quite different due to the UEL being 10x higher for hydrogen, and the energy requirement.
I was thinking more of long term effects of it. Benzene link to cancer (think some US States have pumps that draw vapour away from the nozzle?) and dermatitis, rather than glugging the stuff.
On which, I stink of diesel at the moment - just been inspecting an empty 300m3 that was full of it. Hydrogen? - can't really see a ship running on it.

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Coal slurry apparently a good fuel for ships, found out about coal slurry when researching coal dust engines.
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I work with hydrogen a lot and it isn't as bad as solvents for flammability- we have never had any issues. It needs much higher temperatures to set it off ( 600C. cf. 300C. from memory}.
The great thing is it is much lighter than air so if you design your system correctly and get it to vent upwards it clears very quickly unlike fumes from petrol.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dangerousday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 18 at 6:06pm
Reminds me of a video clip of a guy starting a bonfire with petrol. Quite a lot of petrol.
Thing is, when you've built the bonfire in a bowl in the ground, the sort of bowl where petrol vapour could lay in, lighting it when you're standing in the bowl is a really bad idea.
But quite amusing for everyone else.
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Oats, out of interest, what do you use hydrogen for?
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I use it in analtyical equiment (Gas Chromatrographs and Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers. They use it either straight from cylinders or from a hydrogen generator using the elctrolysis of water. It is all quite safe as long as you are not silly with it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pondlife1736 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 18 at 8:51pm
Originally posted by Oatsandbeans

I use it in analtyical equiment (Gas Chromatrographs and Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers. They use it either straight from cylinders or from a hydrogen generator using the elctrolysis of water. It is all quite safe as long as you are not silly with it.

Interesting. The numbers suggest otherwise with that big LEL-UEL range that Dangerous mentions; perhaps I'm missing something with my theoretical musings. You have the practical experience of not being incinerated after all!
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