Brent LOVES fan mail! On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent answers a fan's questions on steam burns. Why do they hurt more than regular burns?
The concept is called Latent Heat of Vaporization and involves a phase change of liquid to gas. We see this phase change each time we boil a pot of water.
Here's How the Phase Change Occurs:
- When water and heat are combined, it begins to boil and absorb temperature energy. A total of 2260 kilo-jewels of energy per 1 kilogram of water must be absorbed for the change from a liquid to gas to take place.
- As the water is boiling and creating steam, it continues to absorb energy. The burn occurs when the steam hits your skin and changes phases from a gas to a liquid and releases a massive amount of energy on contact. All the energy that was absorbed into the steam is released on your arm! Now that hurts!
Watch the video to learn more about the phase change from a gas to a liquid.