The principle of Inert Atmosphere is typically applied as follows:
1. Replace a normal environment with an inert one.
a. i.e. Prevent degradation of a hot metal filament by using an argon atmosphere
2. Add neutral parts, or inert additives to an object.
a. i.e. Increase the volume of powdered detergent by adding inert ingredients. This makes the detergent easier to measure with conventional tools.
We were once moving 300,000 lb. rocket segments around a brand new building at the Kennedy Space Center. When the segments come from Utah, there are dozens of accessories that have to be added to them be fore they are ready to fly. Of course, being a new building, the cranes and structure had not been checked out yet. We didn’t want to be testing the reliability of the new building with 300,000 lb pieces of dynamite, so we replaced the Ammonium Perchlorate in fuel recipe with potassium chloride, an inert substance. The potassium chloride still made the fuel look and feel like a real propellant, but it couldn’t burn. Because the substance was inert, we were able to perform many safety operation checks on the facility.
A fire extinguisher is another example of Inert Atmosphere. A Halon fire suppression system works because it takes the 3 components of fire; fuel, spark, and oxygen and chemically reacts with them to make them inert.
Can you make a hostile environment more “inert” by eliminating the troublemaker? You can do so by approaching them ahead of time and making the situation more inert for the rest of the team so you can actually get something done. Handle them separately.
What is the cheapest and easiest way to improve a boring or inert room, office space, or building ? Paint the walls.