Ultrasonic nonlinear parameters and sound speed of alcohol-water mixtures

Chandra M. Sehgal, Burdett R. Porter, James F. Greenleaf

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Changes in the nonlinear parameter B/A caused by the addition of monohydric alcohols to water have been investigated. The measurements, made by using an aqueous solution of n-propanol, isopropanol, and t-butanol, show that as the alcohol concentration is increased, B/A decreases to a minimum at approximately 10% concentration (by volume). Further increase in alcohol concentration raises B/A rapidly to a maximum at about 80% by volume. This complex variation in B/A is attributed to solute-solvent interaction which is believed to be due to an enhancement of water structure in the water-rich region. These results suggest that the magnitude of B/A may be closely related to the quasilattice structure of water, which to a first approximation can be expressed by relative amounts of bound and unbound water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-570
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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