I'd like to be able to view in graph form the volume and pressure of steam produced from heating water in a sealed vessel, starting from room temperature water.
Important variables, such as the saturation temperature of steam at different pressures and the energy required to convert water to steam at different pressures are contained in steam tables rather than formulae.
To graph the total volume of steam produced with time, is this the sort of thing these programs like Matlab are good for, automatically interpolating tabular data as appropriate to get a more accurate integration? Do such programs come with many in-built tables like steam tables?
I was just thinking I'd attempt something in Excel but I'm perplexed over how to handle the circular dependency here, i.e. pressure determining temperature which determines evaporation rate which determines pressure.