Ignition Temperature

Published: December 6, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Ignition Temperature Mean?

Ignition temperature is the minimum temperature at which a volatile material will vaporize into a gas and ignite without help from an external fire source. This lack of an additional ignition source makes a volatile material very dangerous especially when men and material are involved.

Combustion is induced by the temperature itself that provides enough energy to ignite the substance. Increase in pressure and presence of oxygen in the ambient atmosphere will decrease the ignition temperature of the substance. Ignition temperature is not the same as flash point.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Ignition Temperature

Ignition temperature can be measured using the procedure outlined in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E659. The substance is placed in a half-liter vessel in a temperature controlled oven for calculating its ignition temperature. Auto ignition temperature varies widely with the substance.

Depending on the type of chemical, industrial or construction process used, hazards should be anticipated and dealt with. Trenchless technology is used to dig under the earth using directional drilling equipment and rigs. Oil and gas is also harvested using this technology. It's necessary to maintain safe working practices to prevent accidents as the products harvested are volatile in nature.

Petroleum products should be handled with great precaution and appropriate safety and transportation methods should be used.


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