Basic Ternary Phase Diagram

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This Demonstration shows two representations of a ternary phase diagram, which is used to represent the phase behavior of three-component mixtures. Move the black dot to any location within the triangle by clicking on that location, which represents the overall composition of the mixture. Each corner of the triangle corresponds to a pure component. The mass fraction of a component in the mixture is read off the axis that is the same color as that component in the standard view. These axes are labeled by drawing a line through the point; this line is parallel to the base of the triangle that is opposite the corner corresponding to that pure component. In the "alternate view", the mass fraction of a component is determined by drawing a line through the point and perpendicular to the base opposite that component. The fraction of the distance from the base to the corner is the mass fraction of that component. Ternary phase diagrams can also be drawn using mole fractions instead of mass fractions.

Contributed by: Megan E. Maguire and Rachael L. Baumann (August 2014)
Additional contributions by: John L. Falconer and Nick Bongiardina
(University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



A screencast video [1] shows how to use this Demonstration, and a screencast [2] presents an example.


[1] Basic Ternary Phase Diagram.

[2] Using a Triangular (Ternary) Phase Diagram [Video]. (Nov 16, 2011)

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