In graphical thermodynamics, Maxwell’s thermodynamics surface (construction) refers to the stages of construction of the plaster model thermodynamic surface for water undertaken by James Maxwell over the course of an entire winter (1874-85). The steps in the construction of Maxwell’s thermodynamic surface can be summarize according to the following 5-step diagram made in 2008 by American engineer Ronald Kriz: [1]

Gibbs-Maxwell surface (poster) 2-4Gibbs-Maxwell surface (poster) 1 and 5

1. Kriz, Ronald. (2008). “Maxwell’s thermodynamic surface (poster overview)” (4848x3131px),

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