carbide lamp

   A carbide lamp, also known as a miners’ carbide lamp or acetylene lamp was introduced into mine use at about 1897. It consists of two chambers, a water tank above and a removable carbide canister below with a connection valve to permit controlled seepage of water into the calcium carbide. The carbide and water react to generate calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH)2] and acetylene gas. The gas is passed through a filter into a tube and through a tiny burner-tip orifice designed for the optimum mixture of air and acetylene. Once ignited, it burns with a brilliant yellow-white flame produced by the incandescence of tiny carbon particles. A reflector concentrates the light in a particular direction [13].

A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. . 2002.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Carbide lamp — Carbide lamps, also known as acetylene gas lamps, are simple lamps that produce and burn acetylene (C2H2) which is created by the reaction of calcium carbide (CaC2) with water.These lamps were used in mines after the re invention of the medium in …   Wikipedia

  • carbide lamp — /ˈkabaɪd læmp/ (say kahbuyd lamp) noun a lamp burning acetylene gas formed by dripping water onto calcium carbide …   Australian English dictionary

  • carbide lamp — noun Simple lamps that produce and burn acetylene (CH) which is created by the reaction of calcium carbide (CaC) with water …   Wiktionary

  • Carbide Cannon — a home made or store bought noise maker. See Big Bang Cannon. The operation of the device consists of dropping carbide powder or pieces into water residing in an enclosed container. The carbide, upon mixing with the water forms acetylene gas.… …   Wikipedia

  • carbide, calcium carbide —    A compound (CaC2) of grayish color that reacts with water to produce acetylene gas and calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH)2] [13].    Commonly used by cavers and miners earlier in this century as a means of providing light in caves or mines. Some cavers …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • Calcium carbide — Chembox new Name = Calcium carbide ImageFile = Carbid.jpg ImageSize = 200px ImageName = Calcium Carbide IUPACName = Calcium Carbide OtherNames = Section1 = Chembox Identifiers CASNo = 75 20 7 Section2 = Chembox Properties Formula = CaC2 MolarMass …   Wikipedia

  • Mining lamp — may refer to: Carbide lamp, a lamp that produces and burns acetylene Davy lamp, a safety lamp containing a candle Safety lamp, any of several types of lamp which are designed to be safe to use in coal mines This disambiguation page lists articles …   Wikipedia

  • Nernst lamp — Nernst lamp, complete, model B with cloche, DC lamp 0.5 ampere, 95 volts, by courtesy of Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit in Mannheim, Germany, (Engl.: State Museum of Technology and Labour, Mannheim) …   Wikipedia

  • Oil lamp — Neolithic stone lamps in Thousand Lamp Museum in Qiandeng town of Kunshan …   Wikipedia

  • Compact fluorescent lamp — Low energy light bulb redirects here. For other low energy bulbs, see LED lamp. The tubular type compact fluorescent lamp is one of the most popular types in Europe …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.