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Pouring Molten Metals into Water. COOL! (Aluminum, Thermite, Lead + More!)

By: TheBackyardScientistPublished: 3 years ago

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Ive been pouring 7 different metals into a 24" tall aquarium over the weekend, and the results have been super cool! I poured metals with different melting points to see if they had any different effects when they came in contact with water. From Pewter (350f/170c) all the way to Thermite (4000f/2204c). Some of them exploded, some of them sank and made molten metal drippy-castles, but they were all interesting. Here is a list of metals I used, and their melting points:

Pewter 338–446 °F - 170–230 °C
Tin - 449.5°F (231.9°C)
Bismuth - 520.6°F (271.4°C)
Lead - 621.5°F (327.5°C)
Zinc - 787.2°F (419.5°C)
Aluminum - 1,221°F (660.3°C)
Iron - 2,800°F (1,538°C) 4000f (2200 C) Reaction

I don't have anything against the usage of celsius, or aluminiuminum. Im not calling you communists either, im just messing with you guys because you always yell about my pronunciation ;) (but seriously its aluminum in America!)

I poured in the metals as soon as they were fully liquid, so they could not raise too far above the melting point and skew the results. This video is a great demonstration of the leidenfrost effect.

I will be uploading all the uncut footage in slow motion, as well as behind-the-scenes for you guys soon, I will post it on social media and in the video description. I could not include the whole stuff in the video, because 10 seconds at 240fps is 100 seconds long played back. It would get boring, but It is certainly worth a watch.

I read all my comments, but sometimes I miss a few! If you need help with a project you are welcome to email me :)

On my Facebook, G+, and Twitter page I post questions, polls, and sneak peeks into my next video. Im always looking for my fans input!

Twitter: @ChemicalKevy

See you next week!


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