J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 569 - 572

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 569-572

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125131

Comparison between TWI and OPC techniques for studying porous metallic slabs

E.S. Nogueira, M.A. Santos, M.L. Baesso and A.C. Bento

Departamento de Física, Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Av. Colombo 5790, Maringá-Paraná, 87020-900, Brazil

The aim of this study is to compare thermal diffusivity of the pressed iron powder measured by contact photoacoustic method and remote thermal wave techniques, which were performed by open photoacoustic cell (OPC) and thermal wave interferometry (TWI), respectively. The samples were prepared using iron powder 99.9%, which were cold pressed (2 to 22 ton) and no sintered. OPC technique shows values of thermal diffusivity with wide variation and poor reproducibility ( $\alpha_{\rm OPC}\sim 0.05$ cm2/s). These results can indicate that porous materials should present pressure leak using OPC method. On the other hand, TWI showed a neat behavior from 2 to 22 tons, with thermal diffusivity increasing with compacting pressure from 0.008 to 0.101 cm2/s, approaching to the value of the molten Iron (~ 0.23 cm2/s).

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