International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 425–436 | Cite as

The vapor pressure of indium, silver, gallium, copper, tin, and gold between 0.1 and 3.0 bar

  • F. Geiger
  • C. A. Busse
  • R. I. Loehrke


The vapor pressure of several liquid metals was measured using a method based on the gas-controlled heat pipe. Small samples of the test material were placed in a tungsten tube and heated to temperatures above 2900 K. The vapor pressure was measured using a gas-buffered pressure transducer and the vapor temperature was inferred from the tube surface temperature, which was measured with an optical pyrometer. Most of the tests were terminated by the failure of the containment tube. The measured pressures agree well with those calculated by thermodynamic methods from data at lower temperatures.

Key words

copper gallium gold heat pipe high temperature indium liquid metals silver tin vapor pressure 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Geiger
    • 1
  • C. A. Busse
    • 1
  • R. I. Loehrke
    • 2
  1. 1.Commission of the European CommunitiesJoint Research Centre, Ispra EstablishmentIspraItaly
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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