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Acetylene

About Acetylene Industrial use

Acetylene is supplied dissolved under pressure in acetone; a colourless, flammable, explosive gas, it is used as a fuel in welding and cutting metals.  When Acetylene is burned with pure oxygen, it produces very high temperatures.  Oxy-Acetylene torches burn mixtures of acetylene gas and oxygen which produces a flame hot enough to cut or weld steel.

Hazards

  • Extremely flammable, may form an explosive mixture with air.
  • Unstable and decomposes violently under the effect of heat or pressure.
  • Forms explosive acetylides in combination with copper, silver or mercury.

Precautions

  • Acetylene use pressure must not exceed 150 kpa
  • Install flash back arrestors on all cutting equipment
  • Store in a well-ventilated area, away from oxygen-carrying materials
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