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Oxygen-cutting of Vanadium


THE mechanism controlling the oxygen-cutting of iron and steel has been investigated by this Association, primarily along the lines of previous work by Wells1, whereby attention was focused on the iron/oxygen combustion process. Recently this work has been extended to the study of the general conditions governing the progress of flame cuts through elementary materials, propagated by combustion with a pure gaseous element. The situation has been analysed in some detail for oxygen and chlorine. With the halogen gases, melting points of the elements most likely to be cut appear to be below the ignition temperature in the gas; no cuts were obtained in the cases of zinc and magnesium, which were otherwise thought to be likely to respond. Other halogen gases have not been tested experimentally, though it is known that fluorine may be used for flame-cutting copper2.

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  1. 1

    Wells, A. A., Brit. Welding J., 2, 392 (1955).

  2. 2

    Priest, H. F., and Grosse, A. V., Indust and Eng. Chem., 39, 341 (1947).

  3. 3

    Coates, G., Engineer, 203, 32 (1957).

  4. 4

    Everhart, J. L., “Titanium Alloys”, 148 (Reinhold Pilot Books, New York, 1954).

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