NGPZ - More t'shootin' dies after highway run

Steven Bixby steven at
Fri Aug 17 17:46:35 PDT 2007

Wow, that's too-cool!

I know the science explains this stuff, but the whole "seeing it with
your own eyes" thing makes it truly amazing.

On 8/17/07, Marilyn Mason <masonjs at> wrote:
> Actually freezing of water can occur up to 120 C under the right conditions.
> A couple of years ago at the Bomb (nuclear research laboratories that I just
> retired from we were experimenting drying waste nuclear fuel that had water
> ingress in its storage facilities.  We were using a combination of heat
> (120C) and rough vacuum.  To test our rig we placed a beaker of water in the
> stainless steel chamber with a thremocouple in the water, the surrounding
> atmosphere and the side of the chamber.  We heated the chamber to 120 C and
> them applied vacuum.  As the vacuum increased the chamber temp, and
> atmosphere temp in the chamber remained constant but the temperature in the
> beaker of water began to drop until it hit 0 C.
> The increase in the vacuum (decrease in pressure) caused the water to
> evaporated so fast that it had a cooling effect on the remaining water.

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