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Homework Help: Fugacity, from the virial equation of state

  1. Oct 8, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the fugacity from the virial equation of state, where B is a constant.

    2. Relevant equations




    Don't know how to do underbars in TeX, but the V terms are on a per-mol basis. B is a constant and no further expansions of the EOS are needed. We'll be calculating this at some constant temperature T and at a discrete pressure P.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Omitting the derivation of fugacity,




    But solving the VEOS explicitly for V, to substitute into fugacity, isn't going to work. Solving for P doesn't seem like it would be helpful. I'm presently trying to figure out how to do this with an iterative method, but the integral is throwing me off.

    Any insights?

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  3. Oct 9, 2012 #2
    Ok. Going further. Gave up on iterative solutions. Now trying to derive fugacity now in terms of dV.

    ## f = P*exp[ (G - G^*) / (RT) ] ##and recognizing ##(G - G^*)## as a departure function:

    $$(G - G^*) = [H - H^*] - T[S - S^*]$$

    ##H^* = 0, Sd = - (BR) / (PV)## (using the virial EOS)

    and get to the point:

    ##f = P*exp[ [ H / (RT) - T * ( -BR / ( PV) ) ]##

    substituting ##1/Z = (RT / (PV),## simplifies to

    ##f = P*exp[ H / (RT) + B/Z] ##

    But I know nothing of V, which was the whole point of confusion earlier and the reason for trying this route. I must have made a conceptual mistake somewhere but I'm not seeing it.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  4. Oct 10, 2012 #3
    Either of the two methods you mentioned above ought to work. Why don't they? Is it that the integration is difficult analytically? That's not really a reason.
  5. Oct 10, 2012 #4
    No, the integral itself isn't the problem. My problem was the V term inside the integral, which comes from the virial equation of state (not the ideal EOS). The V-based virial EOS I was working cannot be solved explicitly for V and therefore cannot be meaningfully substituted into the integral.

    Which leads me to what the problem was: my choice of the virial EOS. I hadn't remembered that there is a pressure-based virial EOS. (Z = 1 + B'P) where B' = B/(RT) Using that EOS makes this a trivial calculation.
  6. Oct 11, 2012 #5
    Who says it can't be solved explicitly for V? Just multiply both sides of the equation by V, and then solve the resulting quadratic equation.
  7. Oct 11, 2012 #6
    I said it can't be solved explicitly, that's who. I am also an idiot for not seeing that even when it is, retrospectively, so obvious. So thank you for pointing that out. No wonder I was running in circles.

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