International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp 593–606 | Cite as

Thermal conductivity of Inconel 718 and 304 stainless steel

  • J. N. Sweet
  • E. P. Roth
  • M. Moss


The results of thermal conductivity measurements on Inconel 718 and 304 stainless steel by the comparative and flash diffusivity techniques are reported for the temperature range 0–700°C. For 304 stainless steel, excellent agreement with published data is found for the specific heat, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity. In the case of Inconel 718, the measurements show that the conductivity depends critically on the sample thermal history and the metallurgical condition of the alloy. Measurements on a solution-treated sample indicated a conductivity function close to that reported previously, while precipitated samples showed a higher conductivity, similar to the conductivityvs-temperature function used for reduction of comparative thermal conductivity data with Inconel 718 references. These results indicate that Inconel 718 is not a suitable reference for high-accuracy comparative thermal conductivity measurements unless its thermal history and associated conductivity function are known.

Key words

comparative technique Inconel 718 stainless steel standards thermal conductivity thermal diffusivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. N. Sweet
    • 1
  • E. P. Roth
    • 1
  • M. Moss
    • 1
  1. 1.Thermophysical Properties Division, 1824Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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