Soda can might explode: help!


by Hydrangea
Tags: carbon dioxide, co2, exploding, soda, soda can
Hydrangea
Hydrangea is offline
#1
May13-13, 11:57 PM
P: 7
I joined this group specifically because of this q. I came home and found a can of Sierra Mist at the back of my fridge, in a uniquely expanded orientation. It looks like a double ended bullet.
Of course, I realized what was happening, the thing froze, and I delicately placed it into my stainless steel sink, hoping it has done its worst.
Help! Is there something I need to do to dispose or dispel this safely?!?!
Phys.Org News Partner Physics news on Phys.org
Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking
CERN: World-record current in a superconductor
Beam on target: CEBAF accelerator achieves 12 GeV commissioning milestone
Danger
Danger is offline
#2
May14-13, 12:12 AM
PF Gold
Danger's Avatar
P: 8,961
It's not dangerous. If you're really concerned, set it a fair distance away and shoot it.
AnTiFreeze3
AnTiFreeze3 is offline
#3
May14-13, 12:14 AM
AnTiFreeze3's Avatar
P: 245
Stick a fork in it.

SteamKing
SteamKing is offline
#4
May14-13, 12:18 AM
HW Helper
Thanks
P: 5,519

Soda can might explode: help!


If the can froze without bursting, just put it into some tap water until the contents have melted. Remember, water expands when it freezes, so the extra volume of the ice should vanish when the contents return to a liquid state.
Hydrangea
Hydrangea is offline
#5
May14-13, 01:01 AM
P: 7
Quote Quote by Danger View Post
It's not dangerous. If you're really concerned, set it a fair distance away and shoot it.
Sigh * of relief. Thank you!
Hydrangea
Hydrangea is offline
#6
May14-13, 01:01 AM
P: 7
Quote Quote by AnTiFreeze3 View Post
Stick a fork in it.
Because its done?
Hydrangea
Hydrangea is offline
#7
May14-13, 01:05 AM
P: 7
Quote Quote by SteamKing View Post
If the can froze without bursting, just put it into some tap water until the contents have melted. Remember, water expands when it freezes, so the extra volume of the ice should vanish when the contents return to a liquid state.
Thank you thank you, all. I put it in the sink, winced* and covered it with a cloth. Oy!
I read on a wiki answer that, "freezing causes the co2 out of solution, and there is no room for the co2 with the frozen water crystals," taking up space...or something like that. "The co2 will go back into solution as it melts."
Wow. Weird to open the fridge up to.
Thank goodness I saw it!! I was just loading up a few more cans because it was sooo hot today. Thanks all, near disaster (or mess, at least!) avoided.
HomogenousCow
HomogenousCow is offline
#8
May14-13, 02:31 AM
P: 310
This must be the most exciting thread on PF
Hydrangea
Hydrangea is offline
#9
May14-13, 03:14 AM
P: 7
Quote Quote by HomogenousCow View Post
This must be the most exciting thread on PF
Could be. Lol. Im just grateful anyone answered!!! Anyways, I'm no physics genius, so I figured Id throw it out there to the smart peeps.
Besides, it's more fun than some calculus problem. (Maybe).
Nugatory
Nugatory is offline
#10
May14-13, 09:37 AM
Sci Advisor
Thanks
P: 2,937
Quote Quote by Hydrangea View Post
Besides, it's more fun than some calculus problem.
Only if you follow the advice in#2


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Why does a flamethrower not explode? Classical Physics 2
Why should stars explode? General Astronomy 13
Why doesn't the sun explode? General Physics 4
code me the php explode function into c or c++ Computing & Technology 1
Why do Some Stars Explode ??? General Physics 8