At a given pressure, a fluid is a compressed fluid if it is at a temperature lower than the saturation temperature. This is the case, for example, for liquid water at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. In a plot that compares pressure and specific volume (commonly called a p-v diagram), compressed fluid is the state to the left of the saturation curve.
Conditions that cause a fluid to be compressed include:
- Specific volume and enthalpy inferior to that of a saturated liquid;
- Temperature below the saturation temperature;
- Pressure above the saturation pressure.
The term compressed liquid emphasizes that the pressure is greater than the saturation pressure for the given temperature. Compressed liquid properties are relatively independent of pressure.