Project Details Experimental Thermodynamics Volume IX: A, Advances in Transport Properties

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Start Date:
01 May 2012
End Date:
01 October 2014


The intent of this project is to update and supplement two previous books both published under the auspices of IUPAC and these are as follows:

(1), Experimental Thermodynamics III, Measurement of the Transport Properties of Fluids, Edited by W. A. Wakeham, A. Nagashima and J.V. Sengers (1991, ISBN 0-63202-9978); and

(2), Transport Properties of Fluids: Their Correlation, Prediction and Estimation. Edited by Jurgen Millat, J. H. Dymond and C. A. Nieto de Castro (1996, ISBN 0-52146-1782).

Item 1 was published in 1990 and item 2 in 1996. These texts are available in libraries only and not always easily accessible to the intended practitioners within academia, government and industry. Furthermore, the material is at least 20 years old and there have been substantial new developments to be brought to the attention of the same audience. The intent of overall project is to update and supplement, without repetition of the previous material, the earlier work with respect to both the state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods for the transport properties of fluids in the following three focused volumes:

  • A, entitled Advances in Transport Properties: will be predominantly, but not exclusively, aimed at academic audience;
  • B, will be entitled Non-Equilibrium Thermophysics; and
  • C, is intended for the users of transport property data in industry and will, at least in part, rely on the content of Volume A and be entitled Applied Transport Properties.


The new texts will build upon the existence of the previous IUPAC texts in the series Experimental Thermodynamics but will not repeat material contained there. Thus, in Volume A: Advances in Transport Properties we shall treat together only those developments, whether experimental or theoretical, that are entirely new since the previous volumes or where there significant new developments or application to new materials. The underpinning material covered earlier will not be repeated.



1. Acoustic Techniques

2. Optical methods

2.1. Brownian motion

2.2. Near-critical light-scattering techniques

2.3. Soret coefficients of binary mixtures

2.4. Soret coefficients of ternary mixtures

3. N.M.R. for viscosity, diffusion and thermal conductivity


1. Vibrating wire viscometer

2. Falling body viscometer

3. Multi-component diffusion coefficients

4. High Pressure and High Temperature Applications for diffusion

5. Rolling Ball Viscometer in a Diamond Anvil

6. Viscosity ratio measurements with capillary viscometers

7. Photoacoustic methods for thermal diffusivity and thermal effusivity


1. Molten Metals

1.1. molten silicon

1.2. transient hot wire in melts

2. Ionic Liquids


1. Dilute gas. Calculation of viscosity, diffusion coefficient, thermal conductivity and bulk viscosity

1.1. State of the art for noble gases

1.2. State of the art for polyatomic gases

2. Dense fluids

2.a. Extensions of the Assael and Dymond scheme

2.b. Friction theory

2.c. Vesovic-Wakeham Method

2.d. Thermo-diffusion of mixtures

2.e. Mode-coupling with reference to liquid crystals and ionic liquids

2.f. Electrolyte solutions

3. Computer simulation

4. Critical enhancements of transport properties of pure substances and mixtures

About 40 pages per chapter with a total of about 300 pages.


June 2012 update – The task group met in Boulder, CO, at the 18th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, to finalize editing of Volume A and complete outlines for both volumes B and C.

Jan 2014 update – Volume B entitled ‘Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Applications’ is the planned outcome of project 2013-003-3-100.

Sep 2014 update – The book is being publsihed by RSC, ISBN: 978-1-84973-677-0 Copyright: 2014 > View full reference and content on RSC website.

Project completed.

Last update 29 Sep 2014