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An alternate definition is a fuel gas comprising two carbon atoms and two hydrogen atoms, C2H2. If acetylene is compressed on its own, it can lead to a highly exothermic reaction. For this reason, acetylene is supplied dissolved in acetone. Acetylene cylinders are made of a porous material capable of storing the acetone-acetylene solution.
Acetylene is the most common gas used for fueling cutting torches in both general industry and the mining industry. When mixed with pure oxygen in a cutting torch assembly, an acetylene flame can theoretically reach over 5700°F. Users of this type of equipment are generally familiar with the fire hazards associated hot flames and the production of hot slag.
Acetylene is sometimes also known as ethyne.
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