Modern Theory of Fluid Surface Tension

  • Edward W. Hart
Conference paper


This paper presents a discussion of the spherical interface in fluid systems. The paper by de Bruyn* presented an exposition of the theory of surface tension due to J. W. Gibbs. I should like to emphasize that it is only in the context of that theory that the surface tension of equilibrium systems is properly described. Peculiarly enough, that theory has practically disappeared from the published literature and only a pale imitation of it is to be found now in the texts and treatises.


Surface Tension Modern Theory Activation Free Energy Schematic Plot Supersaturated Vapor 


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© Plenum Press 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward W. Hart
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  1. 1.General Electric Research LaboratorySchenectadyUSA

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