We propose an apparatus for teaching experimental thermodynamics in undergraduate introductory courses, using thermoelectric modules and a real-time data acquisition system. The device may be made at low cost, still providing an easy approach to the investigation of liquid–solid and liquid–vapour phase transitions and of metastable states (supercooling). The thermoelectric module (a technological evolution of the thermocouple) is by itself an interesting subject that offers a clear example of both thermo-electric (Seebeck effect) and electro-thermal (Peltier effect) energy transformation. We report here some cooling/heating measurements for several liquids and mixtures, including water, salt/water, ethanol/water and sodium acetate, showing how to evaluate the phenomena of freezing point depression and elevation, and how to evaluate the water latent heat.

Using Peltier cell to study solid-liquid-vapour transitions and supercooling / Torzo, G; Soletta, I; Branca, Mario. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. - ISSN 0143-0807. - (2007), pp. S13-S27. [10.1088/0143-0807/2/3/S02]

Using Peltier cell to study solid-liquid-vapour transitions and supercooling

BRANCA, Mario
2007

Abstract

We propose an apparatus for teaching experimental thermodynamics in undergraduate introductory courses, using thermoelectric modules and a real-time data acquisition system. The device may be made at low cost, still providing an easy approach to the investigation of liquid–solid and liquid–vapour phase transitions and of metastable states (supercooling). The thermoelectric module (a technological evolution of the thermocouple) is by itself an interesting subject that offers a clear example of both thermo-electric (Seebeck effect) and electro-thermal (Peltier effect) energy transformation. We report here some cooling/heating measurements for several liquids and mixtures, including water, salt/water, ethanol/water and sodium acetate, showing how to evaluate the phenomena of freezing point depression and elevation, and how to evaluate the water latent heat.
Using Peltier cell to study solid-liquid-vapour transitions and supercooling / Torzo, G; Soletta, I; Branca, Mario. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. - ISSN 0143-0807. - (2007), pp. S13-S27. [10.1088/0143-0807/2/3/S02]
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