engineering-and-science

WHEN HE PLACED A RED HOT BALL OF NICKEL ON A BLOCK OF FOAM, I NEVER EXPECTED THIS TO HAPPEN!

  • 2:43 am March 28, 2018
  • suhas

This is one of the best things you are going to see today...

Experiments

Experiments are fun. The sight of two chemicals reacting with each other is immensely satisfying, isn't it? What if the experiment is not about two chemicals?

What if it is about two substances? Or wait, about a red hot ball of Nickel?

This Experiment

So here's an experiment about a Red Hot Ball Of Nickel. So here, a Red hot ball of nickel is placed on a block of foam. What happens next is worth seeing!

In the case of phenol formaldehyde, however, the chain reaction spreads slowly (hence the need for a time lapse) because phenol formaldehyde already contains a significant amount of covalently bonded oxygen (i.e. already partially oxidized), so less heat is released per mole of the polymer, which significantly reduces the speed of the chain reaction.

Thermal Degradation

One more thing that you need to know here is that the byproduct of the thermal degradation of the floral foam, the black stuff you see, is char. The char serves as a sort of fire retardant, slowing the chain reaction by decreasing the amount of heat that reaches the untouched phenol formaldehyde.

The Video

Here's the video of this entire experiment that you are going to simply love. Take a look and let us know how you liked it...