Research and Reports on Metals

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Discovery by Accident: Calcium Carbide

Thomas L.Willson (1860-1915) did not succeed in 1892 to produce aluminum by reduction of Al2 O3 with coal in the electric furnace instead he discovered by accident calcium carbide which produced acetylene on contact with water. Although acetylene had no use at the time but later on it proved to be a very important gas.

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