From: Dan Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] A lesson learned about oxygen bomb calorimetry
Date: February 15, 2012 8:19:55 PM EST
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: <11ip4nrwt9sr5w6jxltxcchi.1329355195734**At_Symbol_Here**>

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the interesting case history.

NASA has some good technical reports on oxygen service - regular cleaning is essential.

Your report identifies the immediate cause, but does not state anything about the root causes. I bet you could come up with a number of root causes.

Thanks for sharing.

Dan Crowl
Michigan Tech

"Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU> wrote:



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,




Debbie M. Decker, Campus Chemical Safety Officer
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