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Document ID (ISN)34081
CIS number 80-1228
ISSN - Serial title 0304-3886 - Journal of Electrostatics
Year 1980
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tolson P.
Title The stored energy needed to ignite methane by discharges from a charged person.
Bibliographic information 1980. p.289-293. Illus. 3 ref.
Abstract A person insulated from earth can become electrostatically charged and may ignite a flammable vapour when earthed. Estimations of the amount of electrical energy required to produce a spark capable of igniting methane vary widely. An experimental setup is described in which methane was ignited with discharges from a person with a stored energy of as little as 1.1mJ. It is suggested that the much larger values quoted by other authors are due mainly to the quenching effects of the electrode systems used.
Descriptors (primary) methane; explosion research; static electricity
Descriptors (secondary) human experiments; electric sparks
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Electricity
Aliphatic and alicyclic hydrocarbons