Reactions of Organic Materials with Liquid Oxygen

  • R. L. Hauser
  • W. F. Rumpel
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 8)


Many organic materials react and sometimes detonate violently when subjected to impact in liquid oxygen. Common plastics, elastomers, lubricants, and even some metals will oxidize so rapidly under these conditions that the reaction constitutes a hazard.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Hauser
    • 1
  • W. F. Rumpel
    • 2
  1. 1.Hauser Research and Engineering CompanyBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Martin-Marietta CorporationDenverUSA

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