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    I would like some ideas on some interesting methods to demonstrate fire science to students. I am a new instructor and would like any pointers or methods. Thanks!!


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    You can demonstrate the ignitability of smoke by lighting a candle, blowing it out, and then placing a lighter 3"-4" away from the tip of the candle. The smoke plume will ignite and flash back to the wick.

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    Go to Propanesafety.com click on Instructors Workshop and scroll down to tip 1. Flame impingement and container cooling demonstration

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    What kind of demos are you looking for? I am a Fire Science Student at the University of New Haven in CT. Let me know what exactly you are looking for and ill see what I can do for you.
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    I used to teach fire extinguisher courses for industrial companies. We had a kit called a "Carmody Combustibles Kit" which we used for teaching fire chemistry. It had table top props for demonstrating things like vapor density, flash point, lower exlosive limit, chemical reaction fires, static ignition, etc. It came with a book which explained the theory behind the experiments. Great kit but I don't know where to get one or the cost.
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    Back when I was a junior, we had an instructor light a candle, sit it in water and put a clear container over it -- the water rose, but not so that it touched the flame, and created an atmosphere that snuffed out the candle (i.e. lack of 0-2 and moisture).

    There's also the fire triangle/tetrahedran theory, take a piece away and the fire goes out.

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