International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 499–515 | Cite as

Aluminum. I. Measurement of the relative enthalpy from 273 to 929 K and derivation of thermodynamic functions for Al(s) from 0 K to Its melting point

  • D. A. Ditmars
  • C. A. Plint
  • R. C. Shukla


The relative enthalpy of pure, polycrystalline aluminum (NBS Standard Reference Material 44f, for the freezing point of aluminum on IPTS-68) has been measured over the temperature range 273 to 929 K. The enthalpy measurements were made in a precision isothermal phase-change calorimeter and are believed to have an inaccuracy not exceeding 0.2%. Pt-10Rh alloy and quartz glass were used as the encapsulating materials. The enthalpy data for Al(s) and SiO2(l) have been fitted by the method of least squares with cubic polynomial functions of temperature. Heat capacity data for Al(s), derived from these polynomials, have been smoothly merged using a spline technique to the most reliable low-temperature heat capacity data for Al(s) below 273 K. The merged data are compared with corresponding data from the literature as well as with published critical compilations of heat capacity data for Al(s). A new table of thermodynamic functions for Al(s) has been derived. A theoretical interpretation of the results apears in the following paper.

Key words

aluminum drop calorimetry enthalpy heat capacity quartz specific heat thermodynamic functions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Ditmars
    • 1
  • C. A. Plint
    • 2
  • R. C. Shukla
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemical Thermodynamics DivisionNational Bureau of StandardsGaithersburgUSA
  2. 2.Physics DepartmentBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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