Title

Methanol Cannon Demonstrations Revisited

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1995

Abstract

The methanol "cannon" is a popular demonstration where emphasis is placed on a vapor-phase explosive mixture simulating the explosions occurring in a car engine when a cylinder is filled with a fuel mixture from a carburetor. Here we describe two interesting variations to the demonstration. The first is a "chain" reaction using real metal chains. The second involves using easily available components to produce sequential explosions that can be musical in nature.

DOI

10.1021/ed072p732