A quantitative analysis on latent heat of an aqueous binary mixture

Bumsoo Han, Jeung Hwan Choi, Jonathan A. Dantzig, John C. Bischof

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The latent heat during phase change of water-NaCl binary mixture was measured using a differential scanning calorimeter, and the magnitude for two distinct phase change events, water/ice and eutectic phase change, were analyzed considering the phase change characteristics of a binary mixture. During the analysis, the latent heat associated with each event was calculated by normalizing the amount of each endothermic peak with only the amount of sample participating in each event estimated from the lever rule for the phase diagram. The resulting latent heat of each phase change measured is 303.7 ± 2.5 J/g for water/ice phase change, and 233.0 ± 1.6 J/g for eutectic phase change, respectively regardless of the initial concentration of mixture. Although the latent heats of water/ice phase change in water-NaCl mixtures are closely correlated, further study is warranted to investigate the reason for smaller latent heat of water/ice phase change than that in pure water (335 J/g). The analysis using the lever rule was extended to estimate the latent heat of dihydrate as 115 J/g with the measured eutectic and water/ice latent heat values. This new analysis based on the lever rule will be useful to estimate the latent heat of water-NaCl mixtures at various concentrations, and may become a framework for more general analysis of latent heat of various biological solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-151
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from the NSF (CTS 0313934).

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • DSC
  • Dihydrate
  • Eutectic phase
  • Latent heat analysis
  • Lever rule
  • Phase change
  • Water-NaCl mixture


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