Do liquid nitrogen bombs exist?
- busterwasmycatLv 712 months agoFavourite answer
no, not that I know of. They are impractical and typically, the conversion of liquid to gas would not be explosive in nature (not rapid enough). One could, conceivably, have a container with a high pressure rating in which the liquid nitrogen was stored and allowed to warm, and eventually the gas pressure might exceed the container capacity to withstand the pressure, but that is unlikely to be useful for any purpose (most containers would simply reach a P-T condition where there was equilibrium between liquid and gas N2 and stop boiling before rupture, as is the case with essentially any compressed gas cylinder).
- daniel gLv 712 months ago
Never heard of them,, being non combustible
- pisgahchemistLv 712 months ago
And how would a liquid nitrogen bomb work? Nitrogen doesn't explode, doesn't burn, doesn't do much of anything. It's often used as a readily available inert gas. The atmosphere is already 78% of the stuff. Does the atmosphere explode?
Nitrogen in the liquid state will boil at a very low temperature to make gaseous nitrogen. How fast it boils off depends on what the liquid nitrogen is in. If you throw liquid nitrogen up into the air it quickly vaporizes and cools the air to make a fog of water droplets.
Liquid nitrogen is dangerous if it gets on your skin. The Leidenfrost effect will protect your skin for a brief time, but then your skin will get really cold and frostbite and worse will follow.
If you puncture a tank of liquid N2 gas, or knock the regulator off, then you can turn the tank into a "rocket", but not for very long. But that's an accident, not a bomb.
- MogLv 712 months ago
Probably. If you can think it up, somebody out there is probably doing it.