Gibbs Free Energy and Phase Separation: Example Problems

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Example Problem 1

Calculate ΔG for a binary liquid mixture at 75°C that has a mole fraction of 0.30 for component 1 (x1). The vapor in equilibrium with the liquid has a pressure of 0.31 bar and a mole fraction of 0.65 for component 1 (y1). The saturation pressures are: P1sat = 0.33 bar; P2sat = 0.10 bar.

Example Problem 2

Suppose the excess Gibbs free energy is fit by the equation:

GE = x1x2RT(Ax1 + Bx2), where A = 2.3 and B = 2.7

Does this liquid mixture exhibit phase separation? If so, over what composition range?