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Steam Tables

Steam Tables

Aug 17, 2020

In thermodynamics, one of the early things you learn is what steam tables are and why they are important.

The cliff notes are that simple problems look at the thermal change in a system where you're dealing with just a liquid or just a vapor. In thermodynamics, we're more interested in what's going on during the phase change from liquid to vapor.

That's where the steam tables come in. They show us the saturation pressure for a given temperature, or vice versa. For that condition, they show us the specific volume (which is the inverse of density), the enthalpy, and the entropy.

Here's a quick overview to how to use the steam tables:

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