The Wiedemann-Franz Ratio of Liquid Metals

  • J. G. Cook


It has been mentioned on a number of occasions that the available thermal conductivity data for liquid metals are not accurate. Recently, G. Busch and his colleagues have made a series of thermal conductivity measurements for which an unusually high accuracy is claimed. Their results appear to be universally accepted. We take exception to some of their basic assumptions, and show that in the absence of a detailed analysis of their method, their results are provisionary at best.

We suggest that to reduce the present uncertainty in the data for the thermal conductivity of liquid metals, some elements be adopted as reference materials, and give some criteria for the selection of such metals.

We report on some new thermal conductivity measurements on Hg, one of the elements we propose as reference materials.


Thermal Conductivity Liquid Metal Rayleigh Number Thermal Conductivity Measurement Electrical Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. G. Cook
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  1. 1.Division of PhysicsNational Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada

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