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the wick of the spirit lamp does not burn even though the spirit is burning. why?

Asked by Ashit Acharya(student) , on 5/12/10


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Hi Neha!

As the spirit burns, it also vapourizes. This vapourizing action does not let the wick burn as it is cooled and does not reach ignition point . Moreover, spirit is absorbed by the capillary  action. Thus, spirit lamp wick continues to burn  at one of the end.

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Posted by Abhishek Gupta(MeritNation Expert)on 6/12/10

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