posted by Bob on .
Why does steam at 100 degrees celsius cause a more severe burn than water at 100 degrees celsius?
In the process of condensing back to a liquid, additional heat of 540 Calories per gram is released by steam, making burns potentially worse. However, the lower density of steam is a factor in the opposite direction. One needs to consider all aspects of the particular heat transfer situation.
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It's simple, Steam is a concentrated form of water vapor. Since steam has a force to it, it can penetrate the skin faster than water that is 100 degrees. I hope this helps.