Estimation of the surface tensions of binary liquid alloys

K. S. Yeum, R. Speiser, D. R. Poirier

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A simple method to estimate the surface tensions of binary alloys has been developed by assuming that the partial molar excess free energies are proportional to the number of nearest neighbors in both the bulk solution and in the surface itself. In order to estimate the surface tension of the alloys, excess free energies of the alloys and the surface tensions of the pure components are required. This method has been applied to ten alloys exhibiting positive, positive as well as negative, and negative deviations from ideal solution behavior. The method depends upon the reliability of the thermodynamic data for the bulk solutions, and, further, it is important to use an interpolation scheme that is consistent with the Gibbs-Duhem requirement, when the thermodynamic data are presented in tabular form as a function of composition. To accomplish this interpolation, a special calculation technique is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-703
Number of pages11
JournalMetallurgical Transactions B
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1989

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