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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Catalytic cigarette lighter
Demonstration of a New Method catalytic cigarette lighter: The device uses a platinum catalyst to generate heat from methanol vapors, which in turn ignites the vapor.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Tire sealant chemistry and tire pressure monitors
Demonstration of how tire sealant works and how it can damage tire pressure sensors.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Car engine science: Ignition timing, emissions, mixture
I describe how ignition timing and air/fuel mixture affect car engine power, emissions, and driveability.
Monday, October 6, 2014
High pressure gas cylinder transfer
I transfer high pressure ethylene gas from a rental cylinder to another cylinder that I own. I use a cooling water bath to condense the ethylene and transfer as much mass as possible.