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Heating Saline

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  1. Oct 20, 2014 #1
    Hi there. Is there any element, when exposed to saline, will cause the saline to heat up? More to the point, I would like to add something to a jar of saline and heat it up. Is that possible?

    Thanks, ~J
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2014 #2

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    Add hot water?
     
  4. Oct 21, 2014 #3
    Hi Borek. Yea, besides that. Thanks though.
    ~ J
     
  5. Oct 22, 2014 #4

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    Hot ethanol? Concentrated sulfuric acid? Piece of sodium?

    In case you are missing the point - you have not explained what are the constraints and what you are really trying to do, so you can't expect much better answers.
     
  6. Oct 22, 2014 #5
    For sure. Let me explain.

    With an exterior heating source like flame or warmer solution, I'm looking to start with cold saline solution (50º as an example) and add element X in order to heat the solution (say 60º).

    All I really need to know is whether or not there is any element that is capable of a reaction like this? Is it possible? That's the jist of it.
    Thanks, ~ Joe D
     
  7. Oct 22, 2014 #6

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    If you have an external source of heat doesn't matter what element you add, you will end with a heated saline.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2014 #7
    Sorry man. I'm new to this. It should read "Without an external heating source..."
     
  9. Oct 22, 2014 #8

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    That changes things a bit.

    So basically you are looking for an element that will react exothermically with a diluted water solution, containing some salt and small amounts of organic compounds?
     
  10. Oct 22, 2014 #9
    Exactly.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2014 #10

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    And you are aware of the fact after the reaction the original solution will be highly contaminated with the reaction products?
     
  12. Oct 22, 2014 #11
    I didn't think about that and it's ok if it is.
     
  13. Oct 22, 2014 #12

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