IntroductionNapalm, is a long burning incendiary fluid that was commonly used during The Vietnam and Korean Wars, in bombs and flamethrowers. I chose Napalm, because I’ve always enjoyed watching fire, it’s quite majestic, yet, it can get out of hand so easily and cause lots of harm. Napalm is a case where it’s used specifically to cause harm.Composition of ...
Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components
- Thickening Agent, used to slow the reaction, sort of an inhibitor. Produced through the processing of petroleum. Usually used in the making of Styrofoam and some plastics.
Napalm, a horribly powerful incendiary weapon. Within napalm there are two combustion reactions happening: Octane is being burned at a relatively fast pace:
(2C8H18 + 25O2 ---> 18H2O + 16 CO2)
While Benzene is burning at a slower pace compared to gasoline.
(2C6H6 + 15O2 ---> 6H2O + 12CO2)And Styrene acts as a bit of an inhibitor, slowing down the pace of the combustions of each, creating a slow and hot burn.Background Research
Napalm: A long burning incendiary fluid that was commonly used during The Vietnam and Korean Wars, as bombs and in flamethrowers.
Napalm was originally made of Gasoline, Naphthalene and Palmitate, (Where it got it’s name) burned for about 30-60 seconds. Now they use Napalm B, which burns for up to 10 minutes. Napalm B is made with Polystyrene, Benzene and Gasoline.
Hence it being an incendiary, Napalm obviously contains a few Combustion reactions:
- The Polystyrene is mainly there as a thickening agent as it is not very combustible, slows the process of combustion of the Octane and Benzene allowing it to burn for longer periods of time. It also makes it very sticky, so it sticks to people, making it very deadly.
Slow burning, solid at room temperature.
Melting point of 78.2C
Flash point 80C - just after melting.
Shape is that of two Fused Benzene molecules.
About the Author
- Styrofoam is made out of Polystyrene, easy source of it.
Darion Fontaine is your average gaming geek, who also has an interest for Computers. He’s interested in going into the computer science field. He enjoys going camping, getting out of the noisy city, and just watching things peacefully burn.