Density of Liquid Iridium and Rhenium from Melting up to the Critical Point

M. Leitner, G. Pottlacher*

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The density as a function of temperature was determined for liquid iridium (Ir) and rhenium (Re) by means of shadow imaging in ohmic pulse-heating experiments. In addition to regular experiments at 0.23MPa, high-pressure experiments at static pressures between 0.18GPa to 0.30GPa were performed to increase the metals’ boiling point and thus determine density data at temperatures far exceeding the boiling temperature at atmospheric pressure. By this means, the experimentally accessible liquid range could be extended by roughly 2000K (Ir) and 6000K (Re) compared to data reported in the literature. In a second step, the experimental data were used to estimate critical temperature, critical density, and the complete phase diagram in the density–temperature plane. A comprehensive comparison with literature data was conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Article number139
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Thermophysics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • Critical point data
  • High pressure
  • Iridium
  • Liquid metals
  • Liquid-phase density
  • Phase diagram
  • Pulse-heating
  • Rhenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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