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How far would 230V in an ocean conduct?

I have 230V electricity (as mandatory in the EU) and I plug it into the ocean, how far would it conduct?

2 Answers

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    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Technically, as far apart as you could get.

    v = ir

    The resistance would be massive but not zero.

  • 2 months ago

    meaningless question. It depends on how far apart you place the two wires. place them 1 meter apart, and the current travels that 1 meter.

    If you ground one side of the 230 volts by connecting it to a copper pipe driven into the ground near the ocean, and place the hot connection 1 km off shore, the conduction is that 1 km to the shore and then to the copper pipe. That 1 km could be through the water horizontally or, more likely, vertical to the sea bed and then through the ground to the copper pipe.

    In the latter case, the potential drop per meter is just 230/1000 or 0.23 volts per meter, so there is no danger of electrocution.

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