Compressed-gas dusters spray a gas such as difluoroethane (DFE) to remove dust from electronics. When gas exits the valve, liquid DFE in the container vaporizes to maintain vapor-liquid equilibrium. The energy to vaporize the liquid is obtained by cooling the remaining liquid; the container is modeled as adiabatic in this Demonstration. Decreasing the liquid temperature decreases its saturation pressure, which lowers the driving force, and thus the gas flow rate decreases. For smaller initial volume fractions of liquid (change with a slider), the liquid cools faster.
Select a plot (volume, moles, temperature or pressure) with buttons to display how that property changes with time. Animate the duster by clicking the play button next to "spray gas". Select "stop at " and the spray will stop once is reached; or set the time the spray stops with a slider. In either case, the black dot(s) show the conditions of the duster on the plot. The liquid and vapor DFE are assumed to be in equilibrium at all times. As the spray time increases, the adiabatic approximation becomes less accurate.