Isentropic expansion of an ideal gas was treated in Sect. 3.5. Here, the same process is analyzed without the restriction of ideality. Equation (6.23b) is divided by dv while holding s constant, which produces the relation:
To illustrate the effect of gas nonideality on property changes during an isentropic expansion, the right hand side of Eq (6.30) is evaluated for a Van der Waals gas obeying the equation of state in the form given by Eq (2.5):
Substituting the above EOS into Eq (6.28) yields:
In the limit of low pressure, the specific heats are independent of p (or v) and their difference is the gas constant. The nonideal gas effect on Cv is given by the first equality of Eq (6.26). For the Van der Waals EOS (d 2p/dT2)v = 0, so Cv is not a function of v. Substituting R = CP0 - CV0 , setting Cv = CV0 and using the symbol y for CP0/CV0, the above equation becomes:
Integrating between states 1 and 2 gives:
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