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Anushka Mishra , asked a question
Subject: Science , asked on 21/5/12

what produces more severe burns boiling water or steam?why?

Ishan Goyal , From Dav School Phillaur , added an answer
Answered on 21/5/12

Steam has more heat conserved as the latent heat of vapourisation in comparision to boiling water, therefore steam produces more severe burns than boiling water.

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Ishan Goyal , From Dav School Phillaur , added an answer
Answered on 21/5/12

Steam will cause more severe burns even though they are at the same temperature because additional latent heat ( which is the heat used to convert a liquid to a gas without raising the temperature ) is present in the steam which will thus cause more severe burns.

Ishan Goyal , From Dav School Phillaur , added an answer
Answered on 21/5/12

Steam causes more severe burns because it is undergoing a phase change. When the water vapor comes into contact with your skin, the vapor condensates and changes to a liquid. This change is accompinied with the loss of heat.

Hope this clears your doubt.

Deepan , From Delhi Public School , added an answer
Answered on 21/5/12

Steam causes more aporization and severe burns as it undergoes the process of latent heat of vapourization and absorbs more heat than boiling water at the same temperature . try this at home you will know the difference.

Arindam Jain , From Darbari Lal D A V Model Sr.sec School , added an answer
Answered on 18/6/12

  Steam would release heat energy to first liquefy and then would release heat energy to attain the room temperature. Boiling water would just release heat energy to attain the room temperature. Thus, steam would release more heat energy than boiling water. Therefore, steam produces more severe burns than boiling water.

Raeshma Ashok , From Fahaheel Al-watanieh Indian Pvt. School , added an answer
Answered on 16/4/13

 Steam produces more heat because there is additional amount of latent heat which causes severe burns 

Madiha Shaheen , From The Indian Community School , added an answer
Answered on 1/6/15
Steam. Its is because:- In the case of water, the heat is required to change its form so it doesn't effect more. And in steam's case there is no need of it. Conclusion:- It is so because of the hidden latent heat of vapourisation. I hope it helps! 😃

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