The magnetic transition, heat capacity, and thermodynamic properties of uranium dioxide from 5 to 350 K

James J. Huntzicker, Edgar F. Westrum

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The heat capacity of high purity uranium dioxide has been re-examined over the low-temperature range especially in the vicinity of the λ-type anomaly reported to occur at 28·7 K as a consequence of magnetic ordering. The present study indicates a very sharp transition at 30·44 K with a maximum Cp of 391 cal mol-1 K-1. The heat capacity at constant pressure Cp, the entropy S°, the enthalpy (H° - H°0), and Gibbs energy function (G° - H°)/T are tabulated and at 298.15 K have the following values: 15.20 cal mol-1 K-1, 18.41 cal mol-1 K-1, 2696 cal mol-1 K-1, and -9.37 cal mol-1 K-1. The heat capacity results are compared with those derived from the neutron scattering work and also with the theory of Allen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1971


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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