There’s a new kind of fire out there. Scientists are introducing for the first time in history, the fire tornado created in lab conditions. This blue flame could result in cleaner fuel burns and it could help with the clean-up of oil spills.
The blue flame is made of spiral flames which form when the powerful winds and rising heat come together to form a flame tornado. When creating such a phenomenon under lab conditions, scientists discovered the multiple uses of the fire tornado.
Fire tornadoes don’t have a good reputation. They are rather regarded as destructive forces. But now scientists believe they could use it for good purposes too like we do with electricity.
These upward fire spirals are made of a core flame which is surrounded by a heated air front. The fire tornadoes sometimes happen naturally in wildfires or urban fires, but they could be used to neutralize oil spills because they burn fuel up quickly and effectively.
The fact that these tornadoes are colored in blue, it indicates that the fire has lower carbon emissions than the traditional yellow flame.
Because the blue fire halos are more stable and easier to fire up than traditional fires, they have plenty of practical uses.
While traditional ways of cleaning up oil spills are tedious and environmentally unfriendly, the blue tornado could represent a better solution. Some of the traditional ways of clearing up an oil spill are collecting the oil into a thick layer that is burned, but it pollutes the environment heavily.
On a bigger scale, this type of fire whirl could lead to more efficient fossil fuel burn and energy production.
This near perfect burn has fewer carbon emissions and its mechanism is easier on the environment.
The spinning fire is made of a liquid fuel, called n-heptane combined with water, which is then ignited. The fire burns out oxygen from the air and starts spinning, in a tornado-like movement.
The experiment was performed by a team of scientists from the University of Maryland, who wanted to take a closer look at the fire and how it spreads.
Now that they’ve done so, they came up with some interesting conclusions.
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