Disaster Management Act invoked for liquid oxygen 

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  • April 27, 2021
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Disaster Management Act invoked for liquid oxygen 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Disaster management 

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  • Invoking the Disaster Management Act, the Centre ordered States that all liquid oxygen, including the existing stock with private plants, should be made available to the government and will be used for medical purposes only.

Important value additions 

  • Liquid oxygen is abbreviated LOx, LOX or Lox in the aerospace, submarine and gas industries
  • It is the liquid form of molecular oxygen
  • It has a pale blue color
  • It is strongly paramagnetic- it can be suspended between the poles of a powerful horseshoe magnet.
  • Because of its cryogenic nature, it can cause the materials it touches to become extremely brittle.
  • Liquid oxygen is also a very powerful oxidizing agent: organic materials will burn rapidly and energetically in liquid oxygen. 
  • It was used as the oxidizer in the first liquid-fueled rocket invented in 1926 by Robert H. Goddard, an application which has continued to the present.
  • In commerce, it is classified as an industrial gas and is widely used for industrial and medical purposes.
  • It is obtained from the oxygen found naturally in air by fractional distillation in a cryogenic air separation plant.
  • It is the most common cryogenic liquid oxidizer propellant for spacecraft rocket applications, usually in combination with liquid hydrogen, kerosene or methane.

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