Specific Volume

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Thermodynamics

Specific Volume

Specific volume ( \(\upsilon\) ) is the volume in a unit of mass.  Specific volume is a intensive variable whose physical quantity value does not depend on the amount of the substance for which it is measured.  Specific volume is the reciprocal of density, a substance with a higher density will have a lower specific volume.

Specific Volume formula

\( specific \; volume  \;=\;  \frac{ volume } { mass }\;\)

\(\upsilon = \frac{V}{m}\;\)

\(\upsilon = \frac{1}{\rho}\;\)


\(\upsilon\) (Greek symbol upsilon) = specific volume

\(V\) = volume

\(m\) = mass

\(\rho\) (Greek symbol rho) = density

Solve for:

\(\rho = \frac{1}{\upsilon}\;\)


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