Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] A lesson learned about oxygen bomb calorimetry
Date: February 15, 2012 8:02:53 PM EST
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Good report and thank you for sharing it.  Lessons learned and all of that.


More to the point, this is a pressure vessel and a reactivity hazard.  Both of these should trigger special attention, particularly in today’s climate of increased awareness of such hazards.  All work is XS of 1 atm (gauge), and all work in atmospheres > 30% O2 should be periodically reviewed – ie, a “hazard assessment” or an update of same.


I do hope that other campuses circulate your report.





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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Debbie M. Decker
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 3:41 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] A lesson learned about oxygen bomb calorimetry




I’ve posted my report of this incident at for your reviewing pleasure.  The listserv chokes on embedded images.


This was a very near miss and thankfully, no one was injured.  If your chemistry/chemical engineering/materials science folks use this technique (and it’s a pretty classic one), it would be good to follow up with them about routine maintenance on the bomb vessel.  Don’t forget undergraduate teaching, where it’s taught in p-chem lab.


Ya’ll be safe out there,




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