Thermodynamics pp 207-242 | Cite as

Equations of State

  • Gianni Astarita


Let us consider a one-component system such as discussed in Section 4.1. At any given temperature, the a(V) curve has a last phase transition region; at volumes larger than those, no more phase transitions occur and the system is said to be a gas. At temperatures above the critical temperature, this definition implies that the gas phase is reached by sublimation from the solid phase, and the pressure at the sublimation point may be extremely high, so that the resulting gas may well have a density comparable to that of liquids.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianni Astarita
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.University of NaplesNaplesItaly

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