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Water under high pressure

  1. Mar 13, 2009 #1
    Hi there,

    I was wondering what happens when a great pressure is applied to water. I think that applying pressure to water vapor would turn it into water (liquid) since it has a higher density. So at first I thought that water would turn into ice, but quickly I realised that would be odd since ice has a lower density.
    So my question is, what happens to the volume, the temperature and the phase of the H2O when you apply a big pressure to it?
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  3. Mar 13, 2009 #2


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    Depending on the constraints, you'll probably end up with superheated liquid that has a reduced volume. I think the big factor would be what the heat transfer during the compresion was.

  4. Mar 14, 2009 #3
    Thanks, that makes sense :) !
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