METHODS OF CONTROLLING AND EXTINGUISHING TITANIUM FIRES.
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OHIO DEFENSE METALS INFORMATION CENTER
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The purpose of this note is simply to summarize the methods and materials which have been developed to date for the control and extinguishment of fires involving titanium metal. The problems of controling and extinguishing titanium fires are greatly compounded by the extremely high affinity of titanium for oxygen and nitrogen, and the fact that the oxides of titanium are readily soluble in the molten metal. Thus, heated titanium can readily reduce many of the compounds or liquids normally used as extinguishing agents, and the absence of a protective oxide film results in the presence of a continuously reactive surface on the molten metal.