Melting point of iron at 800,000 atm!

Since we were just talking about the effect of pressure on the melting and boiling temperatures of pure materials, here’s an interesting news item.

Recent research at Caltech suggests that the melting point of iron at high pressures of 10 – 80 GPa are actually higher than previously thought.

These are HUGE pressures, really. Since, 1 MPa is about 10 atm, 80 GPa would correspond to about 8,00,000 atm!)

Here is a short write-up about the research. The original research paper is here.

Advertisements

About Abi

My name is T. A. Abinandanan, and I am a professor of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
This entry was posted in New and Interesting, Thermo. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s