Mixtures

  • Robert Hołyst
  • Andrzej Poniewierski

Abstract

In this chapter, we show that the thermodynamic formalism can be easily extended to mixtures, in particular, the thermodynamic potentials have the same definitions as for a pure substance. We also derive the conditions of internal stability of a mixture. Then the concept of a partial molar quantity is introduced, which is a generalization of a molar quantity for a pure substance. Another useful concept is a function of mixing. It expresses the change in a given extensive state function when pure substances form a mixture at constant temperature and pressure. Next we consider a mixture of ideal gases and determine the chemical potential of a gaseous component and functions of mixing. In particular, it follows from the form of the Gibbs free energy of mixing that mixing of gases is a spontaneous process. Then we introduce the model of ideal mixture which applies to mixtures of similar substances in the liquid and solid phases. In the case of real mixtures the concepts of fugacity, activity and excess functions are used. Finally, we derive the phase rule which is a general relation between the number of phases in equilibrium, number of components and number of independent intensive parameters in the system.

Keywords

Molar Fraction Gibbs Free Energy Pure Substance Helmholtz Free Energy Excess Function 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Hołyst
    • 1
  • Andrzej Poniewierski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryPolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland

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