Free expansion is an irreversible process in which a gas expands into an insulated evacuated chamber. It is also called Joule expansion, real gases experience a temperature change during free expansion. Since the gas expands, Vf > Vi, which implies that the pressure does drop, during free expansion, no work is done by the gas. The gas goes through states that are not in thermodynamic equilibrium before reaching its final state, for example, the pressure changes locally from point to point, and the volume occupied by the gas is not a well defined quantity. A free expansion is achieved by opening a stopcock that allows the gas to expand into a vacuum. Although it would be difficult to achieve in reality, it is instructive to imagine a free expansion caused by moving a piston faster than virtually any atom, no work is done because there is no pressure on the piston. No heat energy leaves or enters the piston, nevertheless, there is an entropy change. But the well-known formula for change, Δ S = ∫ d Q r e v T
A free expansion of a gas can be achieved by moving the piston out faster than the fastest atoms in the gas.
This free expansion is quasi-static (but still irreversible)