Today I performed an experiment, and I crushed a soda can using steam and atmospheric pressure. Or more precisely, I partially crushed the can so the experiment was a partial success.
The experiment's steps:
- Empty a can of soda, wash it thoroughly and let it dry.
- Put a small amount of water in the bottom of the can.
- Get a dish that's wide enough to allow the can to sit in it easily. Fill it with cold water.
- Get some tongs and a gas heat source. Hold the can with the tongs over the heat. Heat the can until you see steam come out, telling you the water has begun boiling.
- Quickly flip the can upside down (mouth down) into the ice-cold water. The can should collapse in on itself.
I tried again, but this time I let the soda can sit in the boiling water for several minutes before I removed it. This time I got a partially crushed can (see the picture at the top). I would hardly call it the implosion that my source said would happen, but I decided to be satisfied with my partial success.