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If you spend a few minutes on YouTube, you’ll quickly find the hundreds of backyard scientists eager to conduct “experiment” and blow things up. Whether they’re playing with fire or shooting home-made bullets into an old minifridge, Internet users are eager to show off the exploits they get themselves involved in during their free afternoons on the weekend. But there is only one TheBackyardScientists YouTube channel – and he does some crazy things…
One man, who has a swimming pool in his yard, decided that it would be a good idea to pour a vat of molten aluminum into the chlorinated water. While you probably think the aluminum just hardens and takes some kind of shape, the result is more interesting than that even.
Scroll down and check out what happens when this guy pours molten aluminum into his swimming pool.
When the 4-minute video begins, the man has already started melting the aluminum over a raging hot fire.
After about a minute and a half, the aluminum is melted and ready to be used in the experiment. But first, he adds some more aluminum alloy wire, melts that down.
The amazing experiment starts at the 2:30-mark. He stations the camera and then carries the vat of aluminum over to the pristine pool water. When he upends the molten metal, something amazing happens.
While it is not easy to see, the water does not turn the molten aluminum into a solid! It continues to fall to the bottom of the pool in its liquid state.
“In this video I pour over 5 POUNDS of red-hot molten aluminum metal into a pool. The metal makes a crazy noise and remains molten all the way to the bottom of a 6 foot deep pool,” TheBackyardScientist writes on YouTube.
At the 3:15-mark, he jumps into the water to check closer on the aluminum pieces. They had cooled at this point and are cold enough to pick up with bare hands.
More than 18.7 million people have watched this video footage. It has been liked over 77,000 times and thousands have left comments. Some of the best include:
“that pouring sound was epic!!” wrote Eduard Ritok.
“Cool. Maybe you could [use the aluminum chunks] as a household decoration?” Deniz Kurdi shared.
Other users took a more serious perspective. They noticed how he did not wear protective clothing and urged any viewer interested in doing this to be careful.
“Be careful: If you get a water droplet trapped inside the liquid metal, the water will make a thin solid shell of aluminum, and the water inside this shell turns to trapped steam at high pressure. You may then get an explosion of liquid and solid metal that is potentially fatal,” tenobs wrote. “There are numerous examples of accidents and explosions from the aluminum industry where water and liquid aluminum meet. The “shoot out” of steam is exactly the issue, since the aluminum outside the shell may still be liquid. This could form hot metal droplets bursting out. Small amounts of water and large amounts of aluminum is worse than the other way around.”
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