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Science Ace- Thematic Studies By: Ng Aik Yang(20) 1A1. Dry Ice. What is dry ice?. Basically, dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide, which comprises of two oxygen atoms bonded to a single carbon atom. Properties of dry ice.

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Science Ace- Thematic StudiesBy: Ng Aik Yang(20) 1A1

Dry Ice

What is dry ice?

  • Basically, dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide, which comprises of two oxygen atoms bonded to a single carbon atom.

Properties of dry ice

  • At temperatures above −56.4 °C , Carbon dioxide changes from a solid to a gas with no intervening liquid form, through a process called sublimation.

  • The opposite process is called deposition, where dry ice changes from the gas to solid phase.

  • At atmospheric pressure, sublimation or deposition occurs at −78.5 °C .

  • The density of dry ice varies, but usually ranges between about 1.4 and 1.6 g/cm3.

  • The low temperature and direct sublimation to a gas makes dry ice an effective coolant, since it is colder than water or ice and leaves no residue as it changes state.

History of Dry ice

  • The properties of solid carbon dioxide were discovered in the early twentieth century.

  • It was first produced commercially in the 1920s in the United States.

  • Until fairly recently, dry ice was often referred to as hot ice, a reference to the fact that when one touched the cold surface the hand felt burned.

How is dry ice produced?

  • First, gases containing a high concentration of carbon dioxide are produced.

  • Such gases can be a byproduct of some other process, such as producing ammonia from nitrogen and natural gas, or large-scale fermentation.

  • Second, carbon dioxide-rich gas is pressurized and refrigerated until it changes into its liquid form.

  • Furthermore, the pressure is reduced. When this occurs some liquid carbon dioxide vaporizes, and this causes a rapid lowering of temperature of the remaining liquid carbon dioxide.

  • The extreme cold causes the liquid to solidify into a snow-like consistency.

  • Finally, the snow-like solid carbon dioxide is compressed into either small pellets or larger blocks of dry ice.

How is dry ice produced?

Uses of dry ice

  • Keeping food cold for a period of time

  • Some recent developments for its use include: -using the pellets in blasting or cleaning-transporting medical specimens such as hearts, limbs and tissues for reattachment and trasplantation.

Fast facts about dry ice

  • No significant chemicals are created in the production of dry ice.

  • Dry ice can be used to loosen asphalt floor tiles or car sound deadening making it easy to pry off.

  • Dry Ice Bombs! Check this out – Dry Ice Bomb

Liquid Nitrogen

What is liquid nitrogen?

  • Liquid nitrogen is nitrogen in a liquid state at a very low temperature.

  • It is produced industrially by fractional distillation of liquid air.

  • Liquid nitrogen is a colourless clear liquid with density at its boiling point of 0.807 g/mL and a dielectric constant of 1.4.

Properties of liquid nitrogen

  • At atmospheric pressure, liquid nitrogen boils at 77 K (−196 °C; −321 °F) and is a cryogenic fluid which can cause rapid freezing on contact with living tissue, which may lead to frostbite.

  • Liquid nitrogen freezes at 63 K (−210 °C; −346 °F).

  • When appropriately insulated from ambient heat, liquid nitrogen can be stored and transported, for example in vacuum flasks.

  • Here, the very low temperature is held constant at 77 K by slow boiling of the liquid, resulting in the evolution of nitrogen gas.

  • Depending on the size and design, the holding time of vacuum flasks ranges from a few hours to a few weeks.

Uses of liquid nitrogen

  • store cells at low temperature for laboratory work

  • immersion freezing and transportation of food products

  • coolant for overclocking a central processing unit, a graphics processing unit, or another type of computer hardware

  • freezing water pipes in order to work on them in situations where a valve is not available to block water flow to the work area.

  • making ultra-smooth ice cream.

Liquid Nitrogen is FUN!

  • Check these out:

Now, what happens if you mix dry ice and liquid nitrogen?








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