Why magnesium alloy????

Started Apr 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Joseph S Wisniewski
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Ignition temperature is 880 deg F
In reply to michaeladawson, Apr 20, 2013

michaeladawson wrote:

golf1982 wrote:

Thanks, ,

is magnesium not also quite volatile? I presume this is resolved with the alloy.

Are suggesting our cameras could evaporate or explode?  

Magnesium ignites around 880 degrees F. By the time you get the camera up to that temperature, all the plastic parts are already burning and throwing off copious amounts of toxic gasses.

Neat thing about burning magnesium. When an oxygen and magnesium atom combine, they release more than enough energy to break a hydrogen-oxygen-hydrogen bond, so burning magnesium keeps burning if you throw it in water.

Smothering it in sand works.

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