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Thermal Conductivity in Supercritical Fluids

  1. Sep 7, 2010 #1
    Hi there,

    Please, I would like to know if the Thermal Conductivity of a liquefied gas increases or decreases when becomes a supercritical fluid.

    Also, I would like to know how is the relation between the molecular mass and thermal conductivity of a liquefied gas and a supercritical fluid, because in the gaseous phase, as higher the molecular mass, smaller seems to be the thermal conductivity value. Per example in gaseous phase:

    Helium
    Molecular weight : 4.0026 g/mol
    Thermal conductivity (1.013 bar and 0 °C (32 °F)) : 142.64 mW/(m.K)

    Methane
    Molecular weight : 16.043 g/mol
    Thermal conductivity (1.013 bar and 0 °C (32 °F)) : 32.81mW/(m.K)

    Hexafluoroethane - R116
    Molecular weight : 138.02 g/mol
    Thermal conductivity (1.013 bar and 0 °C (32 °F)) : 13.47mW/(m.K)

    Is it the same for supercritical fluids?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercritical_fluid

    Thanks a lot.

    PS - This is not a homework question, is part of a personal and independent research. I hardly tried to find the answer, but I could not. I did not ask about it in the Chemical Forum because I consider it not a formulation problem, but a question about the characteristics of the state of the matter. Thanks.
     
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