Aspects of the statistical thermodynamics of real fluids

Howard Reiss, H. L. Frisch, E. Helfand, Joel Lebowitz

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By extending the ideas previously applied to the statistical mechanical theory of hard sphere fluids of Reiss, Frisch, and Lebowitz, an approximate expression has been determined for the work of creating a spherical cavity in a real fluid. In turn the knowledge of this entity permits an evaluation of properties such as the surface tension and the normal heats of vaporization of fluids and the Henry's law constants of fluid mixtures. The agreement between the calculated and experimental properties is satisfactory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1960
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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