12 May 2020

How a plastic oxygen tube burns

There are way too many people who think that oxygen is a flammable or even an explosive gas.  This video dispels that notion, and I'd like to give The Action Lab credit for taking the time to demonstrate that the results of combustion depend in part on the flow rate of gas in the tubing.

The burn rate and pattern would also depend on the diameter and thickness of the tubing.  He's demonstrating mostly with laboratory-grade Tygon tubing, which is substantially heavier than the vinyl tubing typically used for home oxygen administration.

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