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Yes, you can, you have to apply a lot of pressure.
Quote from: Bored chemist on 19/10/2011 06:53:35Yes, you can, you have to apply a lot of pressure.Is it only theoretically possible, or can we actually provide that type of pressure and containment?Thanks!
What about surrounding the water with 10 inches of solid steel and then freezing it? I'd like to see it try to expand then..
Quote from: Airthumbs on 22/10/2011 00:29:29What about surrounding the water with 10 inches of solid steel and then freezing it? I'd like to see it try to expand then..I don't know about 10 inches of steel (and I'm too lazy to figure it out!) but water turning into ice will crack cast iron, quite easily. That's why we put antifreeze in cars I'm guessing the ice will deform the steel quite a bit.
It would take a lot of force to deform 10" of steel.
Incidentally, one of the ways that research labs generate high pressures is to get a strong steel container with a thin pipe connected to it, fill it with water and freeze it in dry ice. The water forced out through the pipe can be under very high pressure.
You put the container in dry ice. It gets cold. The water freezes. That ice takes up more space than the water so some gets forced out through the pipe,. If you feed that into a sealed container then the pressure in that vessel rises.