Visual and acoustic investigation of the critical behavior of mixtures of CO2 with a perfluorinated polyether

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A simple acoustic method was used to investigate the critical behavior of mixtures of CO2 + Krytox, a commercially available perfluoropolyether. A visual acoustic high-pressure cell recently developed was used. The cell was specially designed to include two piezoelectric transducers and two sapphire windows that make this cell well suited to investigate critical behavior of mixtures, using simultaneously the acoustic technique and the direct visual inspection of the critical opalescence. Measurements of the critical temperature Tc and pressure pc of the binary mixture of xCO2 + (1 - x)Krytox were performed restricted to the region richer in carbon dioxide, in the CO2 mass fraction range 1-0.9636. Comparison of visual and acoustic data enabled the evaluation of the applicability of the acoustic technique to study the critical behavior of mixtures of CO2 with low polydispersity polymeric material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalFluid Phase Equilibria
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2006



  • Acoustic measurements
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Critical data
  • Krytox

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