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AC Electrical heating - Clay sediments

  1. Oct 26, 2004 #1
    I am working on a project involving electrically heating clayey soils (having 55% moisture content and 0.5 M salt (nacl/KCl) solutions in the pore space.

    Does anybody know if electrolysis of water/electrolyte is a concern with AC currents (230 V, 60 Hz frequencies)?

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  3. Oct 26, 2004 #2

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    "A concern?" You mean "will electrolysis of water and salts take place?" Yes. If that concerns you, then it is a concern. If the electrolysis products are a concern, yes, also.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2004 #3

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    However, electrolysis requires sending electricity through the water. You're talking about sending electricity through wires in the water. Not the same thing.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2004 #4

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    He didn't say he was just shoving electrodes into the ground, did he --- duh.
     
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