**Rüchardt Experiment for measuring γ=c**_{p}/c_{v}

_{p}/c

_{v}

**Experiments:**

Study of an adiabatic transformation

Measurement of the ratio c_{p}/c_{v} for air

**Items supplied:**

-Flask

-Piston

-Temperature sensor

-Position sensor

-Pressure sensor

-Metallic rings

-Ping-pong balls

-DataLogger

-Software for data collection

**Rüchardt Experiment for measuring γ=c**

_{p}/c_{v}_{p}/c

_{v}in air, using a modern version of the Rüchardt method (1929).

This method exploits the properties of adiabatic transformations of an ideal gas following the PV

^{γ}= const equation where the coefficient γ is equal to the ratio c

_{p}/c

_{v}In the original version of the experiment were carried out a series of compressions and expansions reversible adiabatic air mass, by swinging a ball into a thin glass rod connected to a flask, and measuring only the frequency of oscillation of the sphere.

The use of the technique allows to enrich the RTL experiment allowing an inspection of the nature of the transformations carried out in gas, by monitoring the progress of all three thermodynamic variables P, V, T.

The apparatus consists of a flask is connected to an external oscillating piston of section** **A (Figure 1).

Volume trends over time is measured using a Sonarlocated above the oscillating piston, while a pressure sensor is connected to the volume of air in the flask.

By moving the piston of x amount from the equilibrium position, the corresponding change in volume is **dV = xA ** and the corresponding force acting on the piston is **F = AdP =-A ^{2} x γ P/V**.

This is the equation of an **harmonic motion **

In Figure 2 shows an example of trends over time in pressure and temperature of the gas piston displacement (volume) obtained with 3 sensors.

The oscillations of the piston are almost harmonics .

For small changes in pressure dP and dV the Poisson relation in differential form is

**dP** **=-(γP/V) dV**

A graph of **dP/P _{0}** versus

**dV/V**, is a straight line with slope

_{0}**-γ**(Figure 3).

By substituting **P=nRT/V** into the Poisson equation we get the relation TV^{(γ-1)} = const, from which :

**dT/T= (γ-1) dV/V**

which allows to evaluate γ from a plot of **dT/T** vs. **dV/V **

In figure 4, the graph shows a Lissajous curve approximating an elliptical spiral due to the time-lag in the thermometer response. Moreover, in figure 4 the nominal thermometer output was corrected by a factor 1.38, to obtain the expected slope value (-0.4), accounting for the attenuation of the signal due to the intrinsic low-pass filter provided by the thermometer finite heat-capacity.

The nature of transformation from the gas can be checked by comparing trends over time of relative variations of the **PV** product (constant for an **isotherm**) and **PV ^{γ }**(constant for an

**adiabatic**). (see Figure 5)

The dynamics can be modulated by changing the oscillating weight **m** (loading the piston with *metal rings*) or the effective air volume **V** (introducing *ping-pong balls *in the flask).

see: *A new MBLversion of the Rüchardt experiment*, Am. J. Phys. 69, (2001)