Hydrogen Explains Weird Attributes of Hydroxy Flame
One of the remarkable, and anomalous attributes of a 2HO, Hydroxy, (Brown’s Gas), flame, is the seemingly unnatural ability of such flame to create super-high temperatures when the flame is in contact with some substances.
Usually, the most dramatic Hydroxy flame reaction takes place when the flame is directed towards a metal.
Although, the Hydroxy flame also has the ability to quickly cause an area of a clay brick to become molten enough to allow a steel rod to be welded to the brick.
When H1 atoms, Atomic Hydrogen, recombine, an energy release of 100 k.cal/gram takes place. Hydrogen, H1, likes to be combined with other substances. Usually in its first combination, the H2 molecule.
The usual, and a most abundant source of Hydrogen, H2, is the atmosphere and water.
Electrolysis of water produces Oxygen (O2) and Hydrogen (H2) gas. Usually the two gases are separated by a membrane, or the electrolytic water level.
Oxygen (O2), gravitates to the electrically Positive side, and Hydrogen (H2) gravitates to the electrically Negative side.
Brown’s Gas, Hydroxy, is produced when O2 and H2 is dissociated from the electrolyte in a common chamber. There is no provision for separating the O2 and H2 gases.
Hydroxy gas will fuel a flame. This Hydroxy flame, unlike an Oxy-Acetylene flame, will instantly cause a super-hot reaction when applied to a steel bolt. And the Steel bolt will begin to melt.
In 1912 Dr. Irving Langmuir observed, while experimenting with Hydrogen, (H2), gas, a sequence of events that indicated an enormous release of heat energy, not recognized to be within the ability of H2 gas, when he caused a stream of H2 gas to pass through an AC arc between two Tungsten electrodes.
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Dr. Langmuir determined that the high temperature of the AC arc was causing H2 molecules to dissociate, separate, into the H2 molecule component parts, H1 + H1.
Immediately, the H1, Atomic Hydrogen atoms, would re-combine on the surface of the Tungsten electrodes, generating a huge release of energy, a white-hot fireball.
It is hereby proposed that the reason for the above described attributes of a Hydroxy gas flame, is that the Langmuir discovered dissociation of H2 molecules, and the re-combination of the dissociated H1 atoms, is taking place on a metal surface, such as a steel bolt, generating super-hot temperatures that cause the steel to melt faster than that of other gas flames.
Dr. Langmuir determined that the most cost effective metal to use for maintaining an AC arc and prolonging the heat energy release caused by recombination of Atomic Hydrogen atoms, was Tungsten.
Tungsten electrodes are used for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding.