# Calculated the time it takes for a liquid to freeze ??

by eNathan
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 P: 352 hello fellow Mathematicians. I was just wanting to know the equation used to calculate how long it takes for something to freeze. I am assuming this equation has a constant 0c (32f) which is the freezing point. It would also be nice if the equation took into account any barriars, such as the plasic or something else in which the liquid is stored. Or the surface area and volume of the liquid. (Some liquids freez faster than others, so do we just assume that we are talking about water?) I was just wanting to know this so I can pre-determine how long it will take my ice and to freeze But as always, its to to gain more knoledege. Thanks in advanced :)
 P: 11 Hmmm...interesting question. I guess I should break out my chemistry book Sadly without much knowlegde in thermodynamics, I still can't connect it with time. You can easily calculate how much energy is required to freeze an amount of ice, q= (specific heat of ice)*(mass of ice)*(delta temp) the specific heat is just a constant that is an amount of energy used per temperature change, if you could get the rate of energy transfer into the ice, could then maybe figure out, I'm sure its probably simple though
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 q= (specific heat of ice)*(mass of ice)*(delta temp)
Hmn, but how exactly do you calculate how long it takes for something to freeze?

Doesn't anybody know

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## Calculated the time it takes for a liquid to freeze ??

You will need the equation Energy = Specific Heat Capacity * Mass * Change in Temperature and then another that will convert energy into time. I don't know what but I am looking it up.

I think it will depend on how much energy per time unit that is being given to the water.

 P: 352 Thanks, I will look forward to it :)
 P: 1,116 I have had an idea. Lets say the fridge gives 60 Watts of power. Power is Joules per second so this means 60 joules are given to the water a second. So I am going to predict how long a litre of water will take to freeze when it starts at 25°C. So energy needed to freeze is: E = cm∆T = 4.17 Jg-1 K-1 x 1000g x 25°C = 104250 J 60 J per second so $$\frac{104250}{60} = 1737.5 \ seconds$$ 1737.5 seconds is about 29 minutes. This doesn't seem quite right but I think the idea is there. The Bob (2004 ©)
 PF Patron Sci Advisor Emeritus P: 16,094 I've moved this over to the physics forum because you'll probably get better answers. The Bob's approach won't work. Most significantly, if he was adding energy to the water, it would boil, not freeze. Under simple circumstances, the rate that energy leaves the water will be proportional to the difference between its temperature and the ambient temperature, and it will also be proportional to the surface area of the water. The problem is that fluids are complicated, and water moreso than most. Currents in the water will change the result, as well things dissolved in the water. The surface of the water will freeze first, insulating the interior. etc.
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 Quote by Hurkyl I've moved this over to the physics forum because you'll probably get better answers. The Bob's approach won't work. Most significantly, if he was adding energy to the water, it would boil, not freeze.
Oh ********. A simple thermodymanic principle and I messed it up. Now I know I am not worthy here.

 Quote by Hurkyl Under simple circumstances, the rate that energy leaves the water will be proportional to the difference between its temperature and the ambient temperature, and it will also be proportional to the surface area of the water. The problem is that fluids are complicated, and water moreso than most. Currents in the water will change the result, as well things dissolved in the water. The surface of the water will freeze first, insulating the interior. etc.
Makes sense. I think I will leave it for people that truly understand. Sorry eNathan.

 P: 352 Hmn....I am going to make my own equation for this (and I may not post it, because mathematicians probably wont accept it). The equation will take into consideration the following... The temperature at which you are trying to freeze the liquid The volume of the liquid The area of the liquid /*(obviously, if you put some water on a flat sheet it is more exposed to the cold so it will freeze faster)*/ The substance of the liquid /*(a unit of how long it takes in hours to freeze the liquid at 0c or 32f)*/ Any median that covers the liquid. /*(If plastic covers the liquid or a thin bag or any other median)*/ How much of that median covers area of the liquid I know it sounds crazy to include all of this within one equation, but I am sure I can derive it with enough experiments :)
 PF Patron Sci Advisor Emeritus P: 16,094 Given simpilfying assumptions, the equation for the temperature of the liquid at time t should be $A + B e^{Ct}$.
 P: 789 Could one use Newton's Law of Cooling perhaps?
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 Quote by Hurkyl Given simpilfying assumptions, the equation for the temperature of the liquid at time t should be $A + B e^{Ct}$.

And how would I do this?
 P: 352 It seems that there is no equation to do this. C'mon nobody knows?
 P: 352 hmn, does anybody know of a place on the NET where I can get data on how things freeze at certian tematures, and how long it takes, so I can make an equation?
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 Quote by eNathan hmn, does anybody know of a place on the NET where I can get data on how things freeze at certian tematures, and how long it takes, so I can make an equation?
Believe me, that was what I was looking for. I found nothing at all but you might need to search more.

 PF Patron Sci Advisor Emeritus P: 11,137 Newtons Law of Cooling (the exponential profile Hurkyl suggested) will work nicely for the first part of the problem, to determine the time it takes to reach the freezing point. Freezer Temperature = Tf Water temperature at start = Ts Time taken to reach the freezing point, $$t =\frac{1}{K}~~ ln~ \frac{ T_s - T_f}{0 - T_f}~~~$$ working in deg C (ie: final temp = 0C). K is a constant that is dependant on air flow profiles and container geometry, so it is essentially unknown until you determine it experimentally for a given geometry and set of conditions. The second part of the solution is the crystallization time (which will be much smaller than the time till crystallization, so may be neglected), and this too is extremely sensitive to conditions such as water purity, vibration levels and container geometry, so there's no way to tell this number theoretically. In summary : do it and find out !