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### Author Topic: What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?  (Read 1994 times)

#### savio marel oliver

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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
« on: 11/07/2009 08:34:19 »
Suppose we have a vessel in a place where there is no gravity , and can only conduct heat through 1 side only and the rest insulated, when heated what happens to it ?

#### ScientificBoysClub

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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
« Reply #1 on: 11/07/2009 09:03:36 »
Well you will get a spherical vapor in space . When there is a spherical water .. you would probably get a spherical shaped vapor around it ..!?( only when there is normal temperature )

but I am not sure about inside space shuttle or space station .. it depends on atmosphere you conduct and density of gases present around it .

#### lightarrow

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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
« Reply #2 on: 12/07/2009 12:09:00 »
Suppose we have a vessel in a place where there is no gravity , and can only conduct heat through 1 side only and the rest insulated, when heated what happens to it ?
Since there will be no convection, the water layer in contact to the hot side will heat up without initial vaporization, so it will boil quite abruptly. If there is also lack of vibrations or any kind of disturbance, it will overheat and the boiling will be even more abrupt and you can have the rest of the water 'shoot away' from the vapour.
« Last Edit: 12/07/2009 12:11:20 by lightarrow »

#### ScientificBoysClub

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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
« Reply #3 on: 12/07/2009 16:35:15 »
Suppose we have a vessel in a place where there is no gravity , and can only conduct heat through 1 side only and the rest insulated, when heated what happens to it ?
Since there will be no convection, the water layer in contact to the hot side will heat up without initial vaporization, so it will boil quite abruptly. If there is also lack of vibrations or any kind of disturbance, it will overheat and the boiling will be even more abrupt and you can have the rest of the water 'shoot away' from the vapour.
MAN your account name light-Arrow is really cool. as if light is shot by some kind of bow .. to project light as arrow .. so, cool creative thinking !!

#### lightarrow

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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
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##### What happens when you boil water when there is no gravity ?
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