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Author Topic: Chlorine Triflouride!  (Read 566 times)

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Online VekseidTopic starter

Chlorine Triflouride!
« on: July 09, 2009, 07:35:05 AM »
Taking "The goggles, they do NOTHING!" to an entirely new level.

Quote from: John Clark
It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that's the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals-steel, copper, aluminium, etc.-because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.

Online Oniya

Re: Chlorine Triflouride!
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 11:20:31 AM »
Reading the rest of the entries tagged 'Things I Won't Work With' was also amusing, even to this non-chemist.

Offline Indigo

Re: Chlorine Triflouride!
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 11:31:18 AM »
it’s bad enough when your reagent ignites wet sand, but the clouds of hot hydrofluoric acid are your special door prize if you’re foolhardy enough to hang around and watch the fireworks.


Offline Sel Nar

Re: Chlorine Triflouride!
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 12:58:32 PM »
It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers (Emphasis Mine)

Yeah; there's a reason that's Listed in the Nightmare Fuel Section of TvTropes as well.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2009, 01:01:18 PM by Sel Nar »

Offline Arazel Eternal

Re: Chlorine Triflouride!
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2009, 07:46:17 PM »
Im not chemist.  I dont feel comfortable with working with so many chemicals that could be very lethal and/or damaging to me or anything I am around.  With my luck, I would die that way, by exposure to some horrific chemical.