Engineering: Stupidity Endures

Engineers continue to make a wide variety of dumb mistakes

engineering stupidity endures

I’ve seen a lot of idiotic things during my career. Sadly, it never ends. Fools still come up with ways to show their stupidity. Let’s start with chemistry. Some engineers clearly didn’t pay adequate attention during chemistry class. Here’re some classic mistakes: 1) adding a chemical to a hot reactant or solvent for an exothermic reaction, e.g., sodium hydroxide to warm water — the result is eruption of toxic spray; 2) adding acid to bleach — an ester or weak acid can cause bleach to generate chlorine gas, as Brønsted’s definition of a base makes clear (see “Consider the Consequences of Chemistry” ); 3) adding inadequate solvent or poorly mixing…

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