Doctoral Dissertations

Author

Mehdi Daee

Abstract

"The tranquility of classical homogeneous nucleation theory has been disturbed by the introduction of statistical mechanical correction factors to a basically thermodynamic theory. These factors, which appear to be essential, destroy much of the agreement with experiment in the case of water vapor. A molecular model for the pre-nucleation water clusters is proposed with a view toward resolving some of these difficulties. As a first step, the Properties of a few specific cluster configurations have been examined. Clathrate-like structures containing 16 to 57 water molecules are discussed. The hydrogen bonds were treated as simple harmonic oscillators for the purpose of calculating normal mode frequencies. The Helmholtz free energy of formation of the cluster is calculated from the appropriate partition functions. For these clathrate-like structures the free energy of formation was not found to be a smoothly increasing function of the number of molecules but showed minima corresponding to close cages"--Abstract, page iv.

Advisor(s)

Lund, Louis H., 1919-1998

Committee Member(s)

Johnson, Charles A.
Carstens, John C., 1937-
Rivers, Jack L.
Kassner, James L.

Department(s)

Physics

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Physics

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

1971

Pagination

v, 59 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 32-33).

Rights

© 1971 Mehdi Daee, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Water vapor, Atmospheric
Nucleation -- Mathematical models
Atmospheric nucleation

Thesis Number

T 2602

Print OCLC #

6037717

Electronic OCLC #

872565876

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Physics Commons

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