Viscosities of Liquid Sodium and Potassium, from Their Melting Points to Their Critical Points

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Science  19 Mar 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3664, pp. 1438-1441
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3664.1438


The viscosities of liquid sodium and potassium were estimated up to the critical temperatures according to the method recently described for mercury. The critical absolute viscosity of sodium is 0.072 centipoise and that of potassium 0.055 centipoise, the estimated precision being plus or minus 0.01 centipoise. The critical absolute viscosities of metals are higher than those of covalent or homopolar substances of van der Waals type.

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