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Laser interferometric measurement of the surface tension of Ni in a vacuum
Author(s): Gregory A. Jablonski; Albert Sacco
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Paper Abstract

The zero creep method of surface tension measurement has been utilized in conjunction with laser interferometry to measure the surface tension ((lambda) ) of Ni at 1040 K, 1090 K, and 1140 K in a vacuum. The sample strains can be measured in-situ, without disturbing the sample. This method utilizes foils 25 micrometers thick which are cylindrically configured (1.25 cm inside diameter) and are stressed by a load at the bottom of the sample cylinder. Through a stress analysis on the sample, the stress in the downward direction can be related to the surface tension of the sample. The stress ((sigma) x) at the zero creep point, where the forces due to the surface tension of the sample are balanced by the force due to the load on the sample, is determined by linear interpolation of several differently loaded samples (1.5 - 15 g +/- 0.001 g) which result in positive or negative strain rates, depending on that load. Prior techniques utilized to measure the sample strains are not accurate at temperatures less than 85% Tm. The application of laser interferometry to the measurement of sample strain allows the metal surface tension to be measured at temperatures less than 85% Tm, possibly as low as 45% Tm. The surface tension of Ni was measured to be 3155 dynes/cm at 1040 K (60% Tm), 3085 dynes/cm at 1090 K (63% Tm), and 2933 dynes/cm at 1140 K (66% Tm).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1553, Laser Interferometry IV: Computer-Aided Interferometry, (1 January 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.135360
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory A. Jablonski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Albert Sacco, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1553:
Laser Interferometry IV: Computer-Aided Interferometry
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz, Editor(s)

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