From: Debbie M. Decker <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Auto-ignition temperatures
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:44:59 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: BY1PR08MB11938F6CB1C52E27438C5F81C8040**At_Symbol_Here**

Hi All:


We’re working through a list of materials classified as H250 (pyrophoric) but are having a terrible time finding auto-ignition data to back up that classification.  It appears to have evaporated off Sigma SDS’ and other sources (CRC, PubChem, ChemSpider, CAMEO) don’t seem to have it either.  Most irritating, to me, is the classification of powdered aluminum as pyrophoric with no auto-ignition data to back it up – just a note “ignites on contact with air.”  If that were the case, the entire pyrotechnic and propellant industries would have folded up by now.


Does anyone out there have auto-ignition data in a format they’re able/willing to share? Or have any insight into where the data has gone off to?


Thanks mucho,



Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow

Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety

Councilor and Programming Co-Chair

University of California, Davis





Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction

that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,

can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."



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