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Steam tables consist of two sets of tables of the energy transfer properties of water and steam saturated steam tables and superheated steam tables. Portions of the tables are shown in Figure A-2. Both sets of tables are tabulations of pressure (P), temperature (T), specific volume (n), specific enthalpy (h), and specific entropy (s). The following notation is used in steam tables. Some tables use v for n (specific volume) because there is little possibility of confusing it with velocity.

The saturated steam tables give the energy transfer properties of saturated water and saturated steam for temperatures from 32 to 705.47F (the critical temperature) and for the corresponding pressure from 0.08849 to 3208.2 psi. Normally, the saturated steam tables are divided into two parts: temperature tables, which list the properties according to saturation temperature (Tsat); and pressure tables, which list them according to saturation pressure (Psat). Figure A-2 shows a portion of a typical saturated steam temperature table and a portion of a typical saturated steam pressure table. The values of enthalpy and entropy given in these tables are measured relative to the properties of saturated liquid at 32F. Hence, the enthalpy (hf) of saturated liquid and the entropy (sf) of saturated liquid have values of approximately zero at 32F. Most practical applications using the saturated steam tables involve steam-water mixtures. The key property of such mixtures is steam quality (x), defined as the mass of steam present per unit mass of steam-water mixture, or steam moisture content (y), defined as the mass of water present per unit mass of steam-water mixture. The following relationships exist between the quality of a liquid-vapor mixture and the specific volumes, enthalpies, or entropies of both phases and of the mixture itself. These relationships are used with the saturated steam tables.

In order to solve problems in Thermodynamics,information concerning the "state" of the substance studied must be obtained. Usually,two properties (for example, v, p, T, h, s) of the substance must be known in order to determinethe other needed properties. These other properties are usually obtained utilizingeither the Mollier diagram (if the substance is steam) or the saturated and superheated steam tables,as shown in the Figures A-1 and A-2.

The following two examples illustrate the useof the Mollier diagram and the steam tables.

Example 1: Use of Mollier Chart. Superheated steam at 700 psia and 680F is expanded at constant entropyto 140 psia.

What is thechange in enthalpy?


Use the Mollier Chart. Locate point 1 at theintersection of the 700 psia and the 680F

line. Read h = 1333 Btu/lbm.

Follow the entropy line downward verticallyto the 140 psia line and read h = 1178


h = 1178 - 1333 = -155 Btu/lbm

If the substance is not water vapor, the "state" of the substance is usually obtained through the use of T-s (temperature-entropy) and h-s (enthalpy-entropy) diagrams, available in most thermodynamics texts for common substances. The use of such diagrams is demonstrated by the followingtwo examples.

Example 3: Use of the h-s diagram Mercury is used in a nuclear facility. What is the enthalpy of the mercury if its pressure is100 psia and its quality is 70%?


From the mercury diagram, Figure A-3 of Appendix A, locate the pressure of 100 psia. Follow that line until reaching a quality of 70%. The intersection of the two lines gives anenthalpy that is equal to h = 115 Btu/lbm.

Example 4: Use of the T-s diagram

Carbon dioxide is used in a particular process in which the pressure is 100 psia and the temperatureis 100F. What is the enthalpy value of the gas?


From the carbon dioxide diagram, Figure A-4 of Appendix A, locate the pressure of 100 psia. Follow that line until reaching a temperature of 100F. The intersection of the two lines gives an enthalpy that is equal to h = 316 Btu/lbm. Once the various states have been fixed for the particular process the substance has passed through (for example, going from a saturated liquid state to a compressed liquid state across a pump), energy exchanges may be determined as was shown in Example 1. The energy exchanges are never 100 percent efficient, as already discussed. The degree of efficiency obtained by the system depends upon the process through which the system has passed. Generally, the efficiency of a component depends upon how much friction exists in the flow of the substance, the pressure drops within the system, the inlet and outlet temperatures, and various other factors. The properties affecting the efficiency of the system are determined by use of the charts and diagrams mentioned in this section. When power cycles are utilized for large systems, the efficiency of each component should be maximized in order to have the highest possible overall efficiency for the system. Each component affects the system efficiency in a different manner. To maximize efficiency, the practical approach to large systems is to have multistage expansion with reheat between stages andregenerators in the system where applicable.

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