Food and Bioprocess Technology

, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp 2805–2818 | Cite as

Determination of Volumetric Coefficients of Thermal Expansion in Alcoholic Beverages and Aqueous Ethanol–Sucrose Mixtures by Differential Volume Measurements

  • Francisco EspejoEmail author
  • Sandra Armada
Original Paper


The volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of diverse alcoholic beverages and aqueous ethanol–sucrose mixtures was calculated by a simple experiment in the temperature range of 5–30°C at atmospheric pressure. The temperature and volume corresponding changes were measured using a basic device as a dilatometer type. Alcohol degree, titratable acidity, volumetric mass, total dry extract, reducing sugars, total polyphenol index, and conductivity in different wine types and other alcoholic beverages were studied to correlate with CTE values. Multivariate techniques were used to study the data, essentially to reveal any widespread patterns in the alcoholic beverages. Additionally, the error of the CTE measurements was also estimated. The CTE obtained results for alcoholic beverages ranged from 1.9 ± 0.3 (×10−4°C−1) for white wines to 11.7 ± 0.4 (×10−4°C−1) for rectified alcohol samples. In the sucrose–ethanol–water mixtures the experimental results of CTE ranged from 2.0 to 6.5 ± 0.01 (×10−4°C−1). Based on the results obtained, the CTE values depend mainly of alcohol degree and volumetric mass of the samples. The knowledge of volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion will be useful to estimate thermal induced volume changes and to check the accurate quantities in stored bulk beverages or during its ageing.


Thermal expansion Temperature Alcoholic beverages Ethanol Sucrose 



Volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion


Total dry extract


Total polyphenol index



Apparent average molar volume, in millilitres per mole


Apparent specific molar volume, in millilitres per gram

\( \overline M \)

Average molecular weight, in grams per mole


Density, in grams per millilitre


Error measurement, in percent


Experimental slope, in millilitres kilograms per square mole

\( \varphi_{\text{V}}^0 \)

Limiting apparent molar volume, in millilitres per mole


Molality, in moles per kilogram


Temperature, in degrees Celsius


Volume, in litres


Volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion, in per degrees Celsius


Volumetric coefficient of thermal expansion of dilatometer, in per degrees Celsius


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  1. 1.Quality DepartmentNavisa Industrial Vinícola Española S.A.CórdobaSpain

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