Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 540–543

The thermal diffusivity of ice and water between −40 and + 60° C

  • D. W. James

DOI: 10.1007/BF00549738

Cite this article as:
James, D.W. J Mater Sci (1968) 3: 540. doi:10.1007/BF00549738


The thermal diffusivity αs of triply-distilled deionised water, and αL of single-crystal ice along the c-axis, have been measured by Angström's method. The temperature range covered was −40 to +60° C. The results for water compare well with published data for the thermal conductivity, but for ice there are unexplained discrepancies. The linear relationships αs=(8.43−0.101 T) 10−3 cm2/sec and αL=(1.35+0.002 T) 10−3 cm2/sec where T° C is the temperature, fit the data obtained.

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© Chapman and Hall 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. W. James
    • 1
  1. 1.Westinghouse Research and Development CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Materials DivisionCentral Electricity Research LaboratoriesLeatherheadUK

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