Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B

, Volume 3, Issue 11, pp 2917–2921 | Cite as

The density and surface tension of dilute liquid Na-In alloys and comparison with liquid Na-Cd alloys

  • H. A. Davies
Physical Chemistry


The density and surface tension of five liquid Na-ln alloys, containing between 0.5 and 7 at. pct In, have been measured in the temperature range 170° to 400°C using a maximum bubble pressure technique which incorporates an automatic pressure measuring and recording device. The results are compared with corresponding data reported previously for Na-Cd alloys. The gram-atomic volumes of the Na-ln alloys, calculated from the densities, indicate a substantial contraction on alloying which is, on average, about double that for the Na-Cd alloys and qualitatively consistent with thermodynamic data for the two systems.

The surface tension of liquid sodium is increased slightly on adding indium, indicating a lower indium concentration in the surface than in the bulk, in contrast to the marked surface active behavior of cadmium. The surface excess concentrations of indium and cadmium are calculated using Gibbs’ adsorption equation. The surface excess entropy, estimated from the temperature dependence of the surface tension, is compared and briefly discussed for the two systems.


Surface Tension Liquid Alloy Metallurgical Transaction Volume Atomic Volume Brookhaven National Laboratory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. A. Davies
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  1. 1.Department of MetallurgyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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