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Absolute Metastable Limit of Liquids and Gas-Liquid Solutions

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Ho-Young Kwak, Hyo-Won Kim, Ilgon Ko

Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Paper No. IMECE2009-10046, pp. 1845-1852; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B and C
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4382-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The absolute metastable limit, a one molecule critical cluster formation in the nucleation theory, was obtained by a thermodynamic stability analysis. The tensile strength values obtained for several organic liquids by centrifugal method turned out to be about 50% of the absolute metastable limit, while the tensile strength of water, measured in microscopic inclusions, is close to the absolute metastable limit. On the other hand, the tensile strength values estimated at the superheat limit was about 17% of the absolute limit and the decompression amount for gas bubble formation is about 12% of the absolute limit.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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