16610Research | Titanium clubs can cause golf course fires
- Mar 19, 2014
Research | Titanium clubs can cause golf course fires
Titanium alloy golf clubs can cause dangerous wildfires, according to UC Irvine scientists.
When a club coated with the lightweight metal is swung and strikes a rock, it creates sparks that can heat to more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit for long enough to ignite dry foliage, according to findings published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Fire and Materials.
Orange County, Calif., fire investigators asked UC Irvine to determine whether such clubs could have caused blazes at Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine and Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo a few years ago.
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