Thermophysical Properties of Binary Mixtures of R125 + R143a in Comparison with a Simple Prediction Method

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Abstract

The thermal diffusivity and sound speed of binary refrigerant mixtures of R143a (1,1,1-trifluoroethane) and R125 (pentafluoroethane) have been determined for both the saturated liquid and vapor phase using dynamic light scattering (DLS). Measurements were performed for four quite different mixture compositions over a wide temperature range from 293 to 345 K approaching the vapor-liquid critical point. The results obtained corroborate the usefulness of a simple prediction method for the determination of different thermophysical properties of multicomponent mixtures in the two-phase region up to the critical point. Besides the information on the properties for the pure components, the successful application of the prediction method is also based on an exact knowledge of the critical temperature. The composition dependence of the critical temperature has been determined by observation of the vanishing meniscus between liquid and vapor phases. The mixture results are discussed in detail and compared with available literature data.

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