Quick Shot

Electrostatic Ignition of Flammable Vapors

August 30, 2010
Thomas Jones demonstrating ignition of acetone vapor

Thomas Jones, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester, demonstrates ignition of acetone vapor as part of a presentation to the students in the Summer High School Research Program. Because of the two-second exposure, one sees both the rising fireball and the spark that initiated the ignition.