17th October 2019

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Can Steam be hotter than 212 degrees?

After water changes from a liquid to a gas (at 212 degrees Fahrenheit) it can actually heat up much hotter than that. In the gas form, water molecules are spread out and have a lot of room to move and get much hotter than the other two phases (liquid and ice). And water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Similarly, you may ask, what happens when steam condense?

Without heat, the water molecules inside the bottle start condensing—that is, they start turning from steam back into liquid water. When matter turns from its gas phase back into its liquid phase, the molecules take up much less space and exert far less pressure.

What is a steam condenser?

It differs from the usual closed cycle condensing steam engine, in that the function of the condenser is primarily either to recover water, or to avoid excessive emissions to the atmosphere, rather than maintaining a vacuum to improve both efficiency and power.

What is meant by wet steam?

Wet steam is a mixture of steam and liquid water. It exists at a saturation temperature containing more than 5% water. It is said to be a two-phase mix: steam contains droplets of water that have not changed phase.
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