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A piston–cylinder device initially contains steam at

3.5 MPa, superheated by 5°C. Now, steam loses heat to the

surroundings and the piston moves down hitting a set of stops

at which point the cylinder contains saturated liquid water.

The cooling continues until the cylinder contains water at

200°C. Determine (a) the initial temperature, (b) the enthalpy

change per unit mass of the steam by the time the piston first

hits the stops, and (c) the final pressure and the quality (if

mixture).

2. The attempt at a solution

a. is easy... I lookup Tsat@3.5MPA in a table and add 5°C to it.

b) we are looking for h_{2}-h_{1}where h_{2}is h_{f@3.5MPA,Tsat}and h_{1}is h_{g@3.5MPA,Tsat+5}

c) This is where Im stuck. I only have one intensive property, which is temperature=200°C. I need to find another one to find the state of the final water. Since it is impossible to tell whether or not we have a mixture with the temperature and the pressure only, I am guessing the other intensive property I need to find is the specifc volume. However I have no idea how to do that.

After the piston hits the stops, the volume is constant and the pressure changes. Thus, if at 200°C we still have some gas, then obviously the final pressure is Psat@200°C. However, I can't tell if we still have some gas.

Can anyone please help

Thank you

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# Homework Help: Thermodynamics: water in a piston-cylinder device

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