International Journal of Thermophysics

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 1626–1637 | Cite as

Repeatability and Refinement of a Transient Hot-Wire Instrument for Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of High-Temperature Melts

  • J. Bilek
  • J. K. Atkinson
  • W. A. Wakeham

The paper reports an assessment of the repeatability of a method for the measurement of the thermal conductivity of high temperature melts. The main goal is to demonstrate that a novel approach to the transient hot-wire technique can yield highly accurate results that are consistent with previous, independent measurements. The paper summarizes the modified transient hot-wire method, presents improvements in the finite-element analysis of its operation, and briefly discusses deviations from available analytical equations. The transient hot-wire instrument and experimental configuration are also described. Results from measurements on molten metals, in particular, tin and indium, in the temperature range from their melting points up to 750 K are presented. A comparison with previously measured values is given, and the accuracy and repeatability of the method are discussed.


finite-element method (FEM) indium molten metal thermal conductivity tin transient hot wire 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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