Density of Liquid Tantalum and Estimation of Critical Point Data

M. Leitner*, W. Schröer, G. Pottlacher

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In order to determine the density of tantalum over the entire liquid phase (at the pressure applied) and several hundred K into the super-heated region, the method of ohmic pulse-heating was applied. For this purpose, images of the thermal radial expansion of the resistively heated sample wires were taken with an adapted CCD system. A newly integrated high-power photoflash and improved triggering of the experiment allowed the acquisition of high-contrast shadow images of the expanding wires. To reduce the uncertainty arising from simultaneous pyrometric temperature measurement, the change in normal spectral emissivity as a function of temperature was additionally taken into account. In this work, the density versus temperature relationship of tantalum is reported and compared to existing literature data. From the newly obtained liquid-phase density, critical point data of tantalum, such as critical temperature and critical density, were estimated via an extrapolation procedure. Furthermore, an estimate of the phase diagram in the density versus temperature plane is given. The work is concluded by a rigorous density uncertainty estimation according to the guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM).

Original languageEnglish
Article number124
JournalInternational Journal of Thermophysics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Critical point data
  • Liquid-phase density
  • Phase diagram
  • Pulse-heating
  • Tantalum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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