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Opening a bottle of soda or champagne

  1. Mar 31, 2012 #1
    When we open a bottle of soda or champagne, a white cloud raises briefly. Based on thermodynamics, why does it happen?
     
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  3. Mar 31, 2012 #2

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    The sudden expansion of the bubbles causes adiabatic cooling. (This is allowed thermodynamically because an equalisation of pressures produces more possibilities for how the molecules are distributed, so entropy increases.) It can be enough to cause some water vapour to condense briefly. You might not observe the cloud on a warm dry day.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2012 #3
    Thanks a lot, I thought the same, but couldn't find a confirmation and you provide me with that one!
     
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