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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Issue 8 and Volume 62.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Readers of Fire and Water Engineering are invited to send in questions, which will be answered in the order in which they are received. Combustion and Explosion. To the Editor: In looking back over an old copy of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING I ran across an article on “The Theory of Combustion.” Therein the terms explosion and combustion are quite frequently used. Can you tell me through your “Questions and Answers” columns just what the difference between the two terms is? On reading over your article I got the impression that they were practically the same, except explosion was usually applied to rapid combustion. Respectfully yours, W. C. Providence, R. I., July 9, 1917. (Answer: You are quite correct in the understanding you received from the article. The following description of combustion and explosion will probably clear up the matter. When a candle, a lump of coal…

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