Ground aluminum is what burns ferociously and is not as hard to light. I think that is what some people are thinking of. Since the inside of the combustion chamber gets pretty darn not, and aluminum engines don't immediately vaporize is proof that solid aluminum won't burn from any kind of crash.
If it would, most race cars would explode, as many of them are made out of titanium and aluminum.
posted on 07/27/2012 3:19:53 PM PDT
(Lame and ill-informed post)
Don’t they use aluminum powder in rocket fuel?
Powder vs solid form makes all the difference when burning it.
posted on 07/27/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
IIRC the aluminum armor of one of the British warships was set off by anti-ship missiles during the Falklands war, so you can get solid aluminum burning but it takes temps higher than you can produce with any kind of petroleum fire to do it.
posted on 07/27/2012 3:36:31 PM PDT
("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
I have vaporized a few pistons in my lifetime. 2 strokes and exoctic fuel mixes will do amazing things when things go wrong.
posted on 07/27/2012 5:41:46 PM PDT
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