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    How Big is a One Ton Block of Ice.

    I thought this would be an easy look up on the web, but nothing. Figured weight of one gallon of water and the cubic inches, rounded up to allow for expansion. Then I looked up Block Ice, got a much lower number. I want this for a demostration on a Chiller.

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    8 LBs/Gal
    2000/8=250 Gal
    I believe one Gal is 231 In3, which would equal 57750 In3 or 33.42 Ft3
    Now I dont know the expansion factor for ice, but the temp would make some difference with the expansion factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post

    Thanks, that's exactly what I needed, hope we have enough thinwall PVC to construct a 125 ton ice block model, but may have to settle for one ton model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cehs View Post
    8 LBs/Gal
    2000/8=250 Gal
    I believe one Gal is 231 In3, which would equal 57750 In3 or 33.42 Ft3
    Now I dont know the expansion factor for ice, but the temp would make some difference with the expansion factor.

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    specific gravity of water is 1, specific gravity of ice is .5

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech110 View Post
    specific gravity of water is 1, specific gravity of ice is .5
    Are you sure ? I thought that the specific density of Ice was .97.

    Red gauge oil is like .825 or something like that and I know Ice is more dense that Gauge oil.

    OK, I am gonna go look it up the old fassioned way, in a book, I'll be Back !
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    Oops,
    My bad. Specific Gravity (not density) of pure water is 1.00.
    the Specific Gravity of Ice is .92

    From the Pocket Reference, ya know that little black book !

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    Hey, I was close, and I did it long hand/manualy.
    Why is this such an important question any way?
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    Water expands 9% when frozen.

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    Any combination of 35 cubic feet.

    1 cubic foot of water is 7.48 gallons. 1 gallon is 8.33 lbs...

    http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/wa...ght-d_595.html
    http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/ic...ies-d_576.html
    http://www.onlineconversion.com/volume.htm

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    a cubic foot of water is about 62.4 pounds, ice expands by about 10%

    2000/62.4 x1.1 = 35.26 cubic feet, 39.3"x39.3"x39.3"

    it is definitely bigger than a 1 ton window shaker
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    ... but, what would weigh more, 1 ton of ice or one ton of refrigerant?
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