It is not magical, make-believe, or impossible – yes, certain things can spontaneously ignite. The spontaneous ignition of a pile of rags, metal shavings with oil, or the pyrophoric ignition of materials may seem surreal, but there is solid science behind it and can be explained. Our fire inspection services at Envista have experience with these fires via investigating real fires or studying how they might occur.
Examples of Spontaneous Ignition
The key concepts to spontaneous ignition have already been alluded to in the linseed oil and rag scenario above. Those concepts are:
- The need for a chemical reaction that gives off energy
- A storage scenario that leads to heat being stored in the material that could potentially ignite
- A source of oxygen
Sounds simple doesn't it? Well, at least we know it isn't magical.
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