Calcium carbide is converted into acetylene in a controlled reaction with water using an apparatus called a generator. Acetylene, C2H2, is an extremely useful hydrocarbon due to the energy that is locked up in the triple-bond between carbon and hydrogen atoms. This energy is then released and utilized in different ways by our customers for a variety of industrial purposes.
Among these many uses of acetylene gas, the largest and perhaps the most familiar is its use in the form of cylinder gas for metal fabrication and construction. When combined with oxygen in an oxyacetylene torch, acetylene produces a flame temperature in excess of 6,000F, the hottest flame of all hydrocarbon gases. This provides the means to cut or join many types of metal, cleanse them of surface imperfections, and strengthen them through flame hardening. In addition, acetylene is lighter than air and is therefore the safest fuel gas to use in confined spaces, below ground, or on ships.
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Carbide Industries provides calcium carbide to both large national distributors of industrial gases and to numerous smaller, independently owned businesses, which generate acetylene for cylinder filling at locations throughout the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
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