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Isobaric processes

  1. Oct 21, 2012 #1
    Hello.I'm studying thermodynamics and i'm having trouble understanding processes where the pressure is constant.How can temperature alone modify the volume without doing pressure.An example would be appreciated.Thanks.
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  3. Oct 21, 2012 #2


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    Usually, systems with constant pressure are at atmospheric pressure and have some way to change their volume. Look at a balloon, for example: If you heat the air inside, it will expand, while the pressure is (nearly) constant.
  4. Oct 21, 2012 #3


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    You can also take away the balloon and use it in modelling atmospheric changes.
    In an engine, you could supply heat to a chamber to drive a piston that's subject to constant external load over some part of the cycle.
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