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01/02/2012, 08:15 AM

I have a problem with this task:

"Water with pH 5 and reduction potential +0.30 V flows through copper pipe at 25 C. Calculate how much copper dissolves (in ppm) in water due to corrosion of this pipe. Standard reduction potential of copper Cu0/Cu2+ is 0.34 V."

I spent lot of hours with lot of calculations without any glory :( Please, is there anybody who could try to help me?

This figure could be helpful:


I tried to use Nernst equation:

Eh = E0 - (RT / nF)*(lnQ).

The main equation I used was:

Cu + 2H+ -> Cu2+ + H2.

01/02/2012, 09:14 AM
The link doesn't work.

You should do your own homework.

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/02/2012, 11:55 AM
The answer is "too much to use in a reef tank" :D