I've been using my sandblasting cabinetfor a while now & have always used glass grit as an abrasive. One of the neighbours had some cast wood stove parts he wanted to clean up & he shows up with a couple of bags of sand to do it with. We loaded her up & let rip whereupon I noticed that where the sand was impacting the metal there was something that looked like a a pale blue spot of light. It only showed when the nozzle was within an inch or so of the metal. It was bright enough that I could see exactly where the sand was hitting even through the dust & a rather hazy window.
Was I imagining it or is there actual light being generated?
If there is light is it electrostatic discharge or are the sand grains exibiting some sort of piezoelectric effect from the shock??
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