xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 9 12:42 AM
Mar 9, 2009: Melted Bricks
This old Russian fort, long abandoned, has vaulted red brick chambers typical of fortifications all over the world.
I wonder what temperature will melt red bricks that have been fired, laid up, and aged?
I'll bet it would have melted steel too.
Maybe it got so hot it burned through the floor in those two spots.
Pretty safe to say, there were no creepy crawlers surviving that.
ZenGum Monday Mar 9 12:59 AM
Bricks are clay. IIRC clay is tiny flakes of mica, sheets of silicate with a little other stuff. IIRC it should melt 1,000 - 1,200 degrees centigrade or so. Just guessin.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 9 01:10 AM
From one brick maker;
SPUCK Monday Mar 9 05:38 AM
Please no kiddie piggyback rides.
spudcon Monday Mar 9 07:22 AM
The answer isn't temperature at all. It's explained in the first line of the post. (Snip) "This old Russian fart..." (snip)
TheMercenary Monday Mar 9 08:32 AM
Interesting. Should have been pretty hot. Most regular brick (non-firebrick) will withstand the heat and then turn to dust as it cools.
Sheldonrs Monday Mar 9 09:52 AM
And inside they found the charred remains of three little pigs.
Sundae Monday Mar 9 10:58 AM
It made me shudder.
TheMercenary Monday Mar 9 11:10 AM
jinx Monday Mar 9 11:20 AM
I assumed they melted because there wasn't enough oxygen for them to burn.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 9 11:57 AM
Ah, I found another picture. This one looks like it wasn't the bricks that melted, but the mortar in between or some sort of coating on the inside of the vault/room. Maybe the pictures were captioned wrong? Not sure, though it would make more sense.
Cicero Monday Mar 9 12:45 PM
Looks like the bricks melted to me..........
Antimatter Monday Mar 9 01:18 PM
Mortar isn't much more likely to melt. But some component of it could well be more soluble in water, so maybe this isn't the result of some secret Russian super-napalm but rather the long-term effect of exposure to the elements.
Diaphone Jim Monday Mar 9 02:32 PM
ZenGum Monday Mar 9 07:17 PM
Actually, it's a breeding colony of the new species of mutant urban vampire bats that emerged after the Chernobyl disaster.
rfndong Saturday Mar 14 10:54 PM
jinx Saturday Mar 14 11:35 PM