Thermodynamic analysis of light-actinide elements Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The thermophysical properties of the alpha phases of the light actinide elements Th, U, Np and Pu were analysed. For each of the analysed elements, the Gibbs free-energy was modelled by an explicit function of temperature T and pressure P over the whole relevant T– P range, in a manner compatible with the CALPHAD (Calculation of Alloy Phase Diagrams) method. Several adjustable model-parameters were fitted to available experimental results. The model is based on a new semi-empirical equation of state, which interpolates with Thomas–Fermi type models for the volume and with the Dulong–Petit value for the heat capacity, at extreme pressures.

publication date

  • January 1, 2005