Monday, October 17, 2011

Effect of long-term high pressure CO2 on acrylic

"I left my supercritical CO2 chamber charged up with 750 psi liquid CO2 (not supercritical) for about a week. I then depressurized the chamber, and opened it. At first, the acrylic seemed fine with just minor surface crazing. After a few hours, I was surprised to find the acrylic had deformed in a major way and was full of CO2 bubbles. Weird!"

One fun thing about using triple point chambers is that the o-rings swell and start to crackle after being removed to STP. This looks like a similar, perhaps slower process.

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