Searching for a dependency of the maximum gas saturation in different viscous solutions

Mitchell Isaacs misaacs at student.usyd.edu.au
Wed Apr 12 11:21:30 EST 2000

It is my understanding that a solution can theoretically dissolve the same
amount of gas regardless of viscosity (if that is the only variable).

However, as can be learnt from vulcanology, viscosity may affect the
apparent solubility. Granitic, or high silica magmas are very viscous, and
have a much higher gas content (4-6%) than basaltic magmas which are lower
in silica (~1% gas).

This is due largely to the viscosity, and the fact that the viscous magmas
do not release the gas nearly as readily.

I would assume that the opposite effect can also be noticed, in that gases
will dissolve slower in a viscous solution, possibly to the extent that the
same concentration may not be reached in a practical time frame.


"Klemens Raithel" <klemens at biophysik.biologie.uni-mainz.de> wrote in message
news:38F498A7.B43FBAD5 at biophysik.biologie.uni-mainz.de...
> Uncle Al wrote:
> > Klemens Raithel wrote:
> > >
> > > I was wondering, if there exists a dependency between the maximum
> > > saturation of a gas (oxygen) and the viscosity of the solution caused
> > > a high concentrated cosolvent (e.g. sucrose, 3M).
> > >
> > > Is there something known about this problem in the world of science?
> >
> > It's hard to see how thermodynamics depends on viscosity rather than
> > concentration and identity of the solute.  A very small concentration
> > of high MW polyacrylamide will give you a very viscous aqueous
> > solution.  It's still mostly water.
> Hi Uncle Al,
> I am not searching for a viscous solution mostly consisting of water.
> I am trying to find a relationship between different viscous solutions and
> their capacity to solve gas (to the maximum saturation).
> Does a physical formula or chemical rule exist for THIS problem???
> Thanks,
> Klemens Raithel

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