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Introduction to Supercritical Fluids

A Spreadsheet-based Approach

This text provides an introduction to supercritical fluids with easy-to-use Excel spreadsheets suitable for both specialized-discipline (chemistry or chemical engineering student) and mixed-discipline (engineering/economic student) classes. Each chapter contains worked examples, tip boxes and end-of-the-chapter problems and projects.

Part I covers web-based chemical information resources, applications and simplified theory presented in a way that allows students of all disciplines to delve into the properties of supercritical fluids and to design energy, extraction and materials formation systems for real-world processes that use supercritical water or supercritical carbon dioxide.

Part II takes a practical approach and addresses the thermodynamic framework, equations of state, fluid phase equilibria, heat and mass transfer, chemical equilibria and reaction kinetics of supercritical fluids. Spreadsheets are arranged as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) functions and macros that are completely (source code) accessible for students who have interest in developing their own programs. Programming is not required to solve problems or to complete projects in the text.

Students, graduates and researchers in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science

Hardbound, 752 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-52215-3


  • Preface
    Part I – for Multi-disciplinary instruction
    Chapter 1. Chemical Vocabulary and Essentials
    Chapter 2. Systems, Devices and Processes
    Chapter 3. Chemical information and Know-How
    Chapter 4. Historical background and Applications
    Part II – for Specialized discipline instruction
    Chapter 5. Underlying thermodynamics and fundamentals
    Chapter 6. Equations of state and formulations
    Chapter 7. Phase equilibria and Mass transfer
    Chapter 8. Heat transfer and Finite-difference methods
    Chapter 9. Chemical equilibria and Kinetics


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