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Is Iron Powder Flammable

Under normal circumstances, iron powder does not ignite but undergoes oxidation in the air. Nonetheless, given the right conditions, it can indeed combust.

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Take, for example, a scenario where you ignite a beaker with 50% alcohol content. If you introduce a substantial quantity of iron powder, heat it within the beaker, and then disperse it along the beaker’s wall at a distance of two to fifteen centimeters, it will ignite. Notably, nanoscale iron powder is capable of burning in the air.



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