Joule-Thomson effect


Joule-Thom·​son effect
: the change in temperature of a gas on expansion through a porous plug from a high pressure to a lower one under adiabatic conditions, the observation of this change proving among other things that Joule's second law is only approximately true

Word History


after J. P. Joule and Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) †1907 British physicist

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“Joule-Thomson effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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