A non-flammable tissue

A non-flammable tissue

Go behind the scenes of gastronomy and film tricks: objects in flames do not always burn, do they?

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Chemistry

Keywords

non-flammable, paper tissue, ethyl alcohol, ethanol, combustion, alcohol, flambéing, paper, water, fire protection, restaurant, experiment, chemistry

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ethanol 96%, This experiment is extremely dangerous, so be sure to conduct it in strict compliance with fire safety regulations., water, tissue, tweezers, lighter, beaker, evaporating dish, Pour ethanol and water into the beaker in a 1:1 ratio., Dip a tissue in the liquid using the tweezers until the tissue is completely saturated., Set the tissue alight., Ethanol burns with a bluish flame; its combustion is an exothermic, that is, heat-producing reaction., The tissue does not burn, because part of the heat generated during combustion is absorbed by the water in the liquid, which heats up and evaporates., Why do you think the tissue did not burn?
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