Fairbourne (Phil. Mag., June, 1922) describes an apparatus which he considers capable of demonstrating the limit of applicability of the second law of thermodynamics, by causing gas molecules to build up a difference of pressure, and consequently to do mechanical work at the expense of their kinetic energy. Articles published later by Witmer and by Fisher (Phil. Mag., 1924) seem to prove that Fairbourne's conclusions are incorrect, at least in part. However they did not consider the effect of adsorption. Experiments were undertaken to test Fairbourne's conclusions experimentally. Thus far the pressure effect which he predicts has not been detected.
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Davis, G. E.
"An Attempt to Detect a Predicted Pressure Effect in Gases,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 32(1), 378-379.
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