Gas Compressibility Factor

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Thermodynamics

The gas compressibility factor, abbreviated as Z, a dimensionless number, is a factor independent of the quantity of gas and determined by the character of the gas, the temperature, and pressure.


Gas compressibility factor formula

\(\large{ Z = \frac{p \; V}{n \; R \; T}  }\) 
Symbol English Metric
\(\large{ Z }\) = gas compressibility factor \(\large{ dimensionless }\)  
\(\large{ n }\) = number of moles \(\large{ dimensionless }\)
\(\large{ p }\) = pressure \(\large{\frac{lbf}{in^2}}\) \(\large{Pa}\)
\(\large{ R }\) = specific gas constant \(\large{\frac{lbf-ft}{lbm-R}}\) \(\large{\frac{J}{kg-K}}\)
\(\large{ T }\) = temperature \(\large{F}\) \(\large{K}\)
\(\large{ V }\) = volume \(\large{ft^3}\) \(\large{m^3}\)


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