Date of Award
Master of Science
Soap solutions, aqueous and non-aqueous, are characteristic in that they firm colloidal systems at certain concentrations, the properties of which are influenced by temperature and pressure. Application of the Gibbs phase rule to such systems makes possible the location of the various phases of a particular system and hence enables phase diagrams to be constructed. For systems of soap-hydrocarbons such as are found in fuels, beauty preparations, greases, medical preparations, etc., a phase diagram would show very readily the most satisfactory composition for the conditions desired.
Reid, Walter Edward Jr., "Phase behavior of sodium stearate in anhydrous cyclohexane" (1951). Master's Theses. 998.