Interactive Self-Study Module: Steam Tables
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder 

This module uses screencasts and interactive simulations to explain how to use steam tables to determine various water properties. It then provides example problems and ConcepTests to allow the user to test themselves. We suggest reviewing the single-component vapor-liquid equilibrium module before using the learning resources in the following order:

  1. Attempt to answer the multiple-choice ConcepTests before watching the screencasts or working with the simulations.
  2. Watch the two screencasts that describe the steam tables and answer the questions within the screencasts.
  3. Use the interactive simulation to further understand the behavior of saturated water.
  4. Try to solve the two example problems before watching the solutions in the screencasts.
  5. Answer the ConcepTests.

Steam tables provide accurate physical property data including specific volume, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy for water as a function of temperature and pressure. 

This module is intended for material and energy balance courses and thermodynamics courses.

Before studying this module, you should:

  • Understand single-component vapor-liquid equilibrium.

After studying this module, you should be able to:
  1. Determine a state property of water when given two other state properties  (pressure, temperature, volume, internal energy, enthalpy, entropy). 
  2. Be able to interpolate in the steam tables (single and double interpolation).
  3. Understand the difference between the saturated steam tables and the super-heated steam tables.