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critical pressure

[′krid·ə·kəl ′presh·ər]
(fluid mechanics)
For a nozzle whose cross section at each point is such that a fluid in isentropic flow just fills it, the pressure at the section of minimum area of the nozzle; if the nozzle is cut off at this point with no diverging section, decrease in the discharge pressure below the critical pressure (at constant admission pressure) does not result in increased flow.
The pressure of the liquid-vapor critical point.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Critical Pressure


the pressure of a substance or mixture of substances in the critical state. At pressures less than the critical pressure, the system may dissociate into two equilibrium phases, a liquid and a gas. At the critical pressure the physical distinction between the liquid and gas is lost, and the substance undergoes transition to a single-phase state. Thus, the critical pressure may also be defined as the limiting (highest) saturated vapor pressure under conditions of existence of the liquid and vapor phases.

The critical pressure is a physicochemical constant of the substance. (For values of the critical pressure pc of a number of substances, see Table 1 in CRITICAL POINT.) The critical state of mixtures differs in the dependence of the critical pressure on the composition and thus exists not at a single critical point but on a curve on which all points are characterized by critical values of pressure, temperature, and concentration.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

critical pressure

The highest pressure of the fuel-air mixture inside the cylinder of a reciprocating engine that allows a mixture to burn evenly, rather than detonate or explode.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
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Figure 2 gives the isobaric plots near the critical point of [P.sub.c]] = 0.0006631 and Figure 3 displays the effects of YM charge and BI parameter on the critical pressures. On T-[r.sub.+] plot of Figure 2, just as the case of [beta] [right arrow] [infinity], P > [P.sub.c] isobar describes the "ideal gas" phase.
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