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At what temperature do soda cans explode?

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Soda cans can explode when heated to a temperature of at least 300 degrees Fahrenheit. There are some discrepancies regarding soda cans exploding due to heat, especially when inside a hot car. Several notable studies have been performed to either disprove or prove that soda cans can, in fact, explode at certain temperatures.

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The most notable source for why cans can explode when heated is Gay-Lussac's Law of thermodynamics. This law states that when pressure increases, temperature increases, and as the temperature continues to increase, the pressure continues to increase. With a fixed-volume object, such as a pressurized soda can, this can cause the can to explode or burst open.

However, many argue that a hot car does not reach the required temperature to cause this to happen. Events in which soda cans have, in fact, exploded inside a hot car could have happened due to previous agitation, such as shaking the can or taking it directly from a cold location, such as the refrigerator.

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