Problem: Liquid butane, C4H10, is stored in cylinders, to be used as a fuel. The normal boiling point of butane is listed as -0.5oC.Suppose the valve to the tank is opened and a few liters of butane are allowed to escape rapidly. What do you expect would happen to the temperature of the remaining liquid butane in the tank?

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  • For this problem, it is asking for the temperature change of the butane liquid inside once the valve is left open.
  • Once the tank is left open, some of the butane liquid inside will vaporize in order to maintain the equilibrium vapor pressure
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Liquid butane, C4H10, is stored in cylinders, to be used as a fuel. The normal boiling point of butane is listed as -0.5oC.

Suppose the valve to the tank is opened and a few liters of butane are allowed to escape rapidly. What do you expect would happen to the temperature of the remaining liquid butane in the tank?

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