Can algae be electrocuted?
Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:17 AM
However, I'm wondering whether algae could simply be electrocuted? Obviously there would need to be extremely careful controls but would dipping the positive end of a 220v AC cable into the water at one end of the pool and the negative at the other end, then turning on the power for a few seconds kill algae?
I've spent some time searching the Internet for any reference to using high voltage electricity as an alternative method of controlling algae but have found nothing.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:07 AM
I really don't know, though. The above is just a guess. I'm sure someone can come in after me and post an actual answer grounded in real understanding.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:41 AM
IObviously there would need to be extremely careful controls but would dipping the positive end of a 220v AC cable into the water at one end of the pool and the negative at the other end, then turning on the power for a few seconds kill algae?
1. Your circuit breakers wouldn't allow anything of any consequence to happen before they blew.
2. There is no such thing as a positive and negative pole in AC (alternating current)
3. Unless your pool is well insulated, the shortest route to ground probably is not the opposite end of the pool. Most likely the plumbing nearest your point of entry is.
If you ever decide to bypass the circuit breakers, please let me know.
It would certainly be a hit on YouTube.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:15 AM
Posted 13 March 2009 - 12:39 PM
That said, I still doubt you’d be able to make it work, for the reasons DrDNA mentions. It would also be very dangerous to try to get around those obstacles, so I discourage the attempt.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:10 PM
Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:20 PM
"Special" Relativity, stupid ideas seem smarter when they come at you really fast.
Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:09 PM
Posted 13 March 2009 - 07:53 PM
I've seen trees survive a direct hit by lightning, though it did take significant damage.
I believe that tree damage due to lightening strikes is 'primarily' a consequence of the cells boiling and exploding in the direct path between the strike and ground.....hence, sometimes, only one side of a tree suffers very severe damage while the other side looks relatively unharmed.
Someone, please correct me if this is incorrect.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 10:02 PM
Just on the side, if you use copper sulfate, remember that it is incompatible with aluminium. If you have aluminium ladders or rails, you will see the copper corrode them.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 05:01 PM
And the 220VAC live or phase wire, if its other return neutral is grounded, you do not need to submerge both in the pool centre. The phase wire will create the current towards the body of the pool.
The circuit breaker does not need to trip, the current can be easily limited with a light bulb in series:
220VAC--------breaker or fuse--------bulb-----------water---------pool surfaces(Ground)
Obviously any grounded metal attached to the pool surfaces will concentrate the current towards its sorroundings.
I would try. Nothing to lose. No risks of anything if done with common sense and safety precaution. You don't throw a live wire to the pool. You dip them first and then turn on.
The highest the wattage of the 220V light bulb, the highest the current forced trough the water. And ions from chemicals in the water, also will increase the current.
If the 220VAC is two phases, floating from ground, you can dip both in the pool ends as you say, with the bulb in series. It won't trip any breaker.
Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:25 PM
Posted 28 March 2009 - 05:09 AM
And electrifying your pool is just asking for a Darwin Award, so just don't
asking for a darwin award? what do you mean?
well instead of electrocuting, use high resistance wires in water and just boil whole pool and let it cool down ( well electric bill will be pretty high)
i think that would use alot of uneeded excess energy.
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