- Author: Cheryl A. Wilen
Scientists at UC Irvine say they've proved that titanium-coated clubs can cause vegetation to burst into flames.
“What this proved was that you could produce sparks with these golf clubs that contain titanium, and they will persist in burning for well over a second,” said James Earthman, a chemical engineering and materials science professor and an author of the golf club study. “And that gives the spark plenty of time.”
When struck against a rock, perhaps by a golfer trying to hit a ball out of the shrubs and weeds in the rough, the titanium coating on the club can produce sparks.
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