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Terbium – Properties – Price – Applications – Production


About Terbium

Terbium is a silvery-white, rare earth metal that is malleable, ductile, and soft enough to be cut with a knife. The ninth member of the lanthanide series, terbium is a fairly electropositive metal that reacts with water, evolving hydrogen gas.


Element Terbium
Atomic number 65
Element category Rare Earth Metal
Phase at STP Solid
Density 8.219 g/cm3
Ultimate Tensile Strength N/A
Yield Strength N/A
Young’s Modulus of Elasticity 55.7 GPa
Mohs Scale N/A
Brinell Hardness 680 MPa
Vickers Hardness 860 MPa
Melting Point 1365 °C
Boiling Point 3123 °C
Thermal Conductivity 11 W/mK
Thermal Expansion Coefficient 10.3 µm/mK
Specific Heat 0.18 J/g K
Heat of Fusion 10.8 kJ/mol
Heat of Vaporization 330.9 kJ/mol
Electrical resistivity [nanoOhm meter] 1150
Magnetic Susceptibility +146000e-6 cm^3/mol

Applications of Terbium

Terbium is used as a dopant in calcium fluoride, calcium tungstate, and strontium molybdate, materials that are used in solid-state devices. It is also used in low-energy lightbulbs and mercury lamps. Terbium oxide is used in green phosphors in fluorescent lamps and color TV tubes. It has been used to improve the safety of medical x-rays by allowing the same quality image to be produced with a much shorter exposure time. Terbium salts are used in laser devices.


Production and Price of Terbium

Raw materials prices change daily. They are primarily driven by supply, demand and energy prices. In 2019, prices of pure Terbium were at around 18000 $/kg.

The production of terbium involves obtaining fractions of different basicity from yttria using ammonium hydroxide. Two substances known as terbia and erbia were obtained from these fractions. Terbia and erbia contain the rare earth elements terbium and erbium.


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Mechanical Properties of Terbium


Strength of Terbium

In mechanics of materials, the strength of a material is its ability to withstand an applied load without failure or plastic deformation. Strength of materials basically considers the relationship between the external loads applied to a material and the resulting deformation or change in material dimensions. In designing structures and machines, it is important to consider these factors, in order that the material selected will have adequate strength to resist applied loads or forces and retain its original shape. Strength of a material is its ability to withstand this applied load without failure or plastic deformation.

For tensile stress, the capacity of a material or structure to withstand loads tending to elongate is known as ultimate tensile strength (UTS). Yield strength or yield stress is the material property defined as the stress at which a material begins to deform plastically whereas yield point is the point where nonlinear (elastic + plastic) deformation begins.

See also: Strength of Materials

Ultimate Tensile Strength of Terbium

Ultimate tensile strength of Terbium is N/A.

Yield Strength of Terbium

Yield strength of Terbium is N/A.

Modulus of Elasticity of Terbium

The Young’s modulus of elasticity of Terbium is N/A.

Hardness of Terbium

In materials science, hardness is the ability to withstand surface indentation (localized plastic deformation) and scratchingBrinell hardness test is one of indentation hardness tests, that has been developed for hardness testing. In Brinell tests, a hard, spherical indenter is forced under a specific load into the surface of the metal to be tested.

Brinell hardness of Terbium is approximately 680 MPa.

The Vickers hardness test method was developed by Robert L. Smith and George E. Sandland at Vickers Ltd as an alternative to the Brinell method to measure the hardness of materials. The Vickers hardness test method can be also used as a microhardness test method, which is mostly used for small parts, thin sections, or case depth work.

Vickers hardness of Terbium is approximately 860 MPa.

Scratch hardness is the measure of how resistant a sample is to permanent plastic deformation due to friction from a sharp object. The most common scale for this qualitative test is Mohs scale, which is used in mineralogy. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly.

Terbium is has a hardness of approximately N/A.

See also: Hardness of Materials

Terbium – Crystal Structure

A possible crystal structure of Terbium is hexagonal close-packed structure.

crystal structures - FCC, BCC, HCP

In metals, and in many other solids, the atoms are arranged in regular arrays called crystals. A crystal lattice is a repeating pattern of mathematical points that extends throughout space. The forces of chemical bonding causes this repetition. It is this repeated pattern which control properties like strength, ductility, density, conductivity (property of conducting or transmitting heat, electricity, etc.), and shape. There are 14 general types of such patterns known as Bravais lattices.

See also: Crystal Structure of Materials

Crystal Structure of Terbium
Crystal Structure of Terbium is: hexagonal close-packed

Strength of Elements

Elasticity of Elements

Hardness of Elements


Thermal Properties of Terbium


Terbium – Melting Point and Boiling Point

Melting point of Terbium is 1365°C.

Boiling point of Terbium is 3123°C.

Note that, these points are associated with the standard atmospheric pressure.

Terbium – Thermal Conductivity

Thermal conductivity of Terbium is 11 W/(m·K).

The heat transfer characteristics of a solid material are measured by a property called the thermal conductivity, k (or λ), measured in W/m.K. It is a measure of a substance’s ability to transfer heat through a material by conduction. Note that Fourier’s law applies for all matter, regardless of its state (solid, liquid, or gas), therefore, it is also defined for liquids and gases.

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Terbium

Linear thermal expansion coefficient of Terbium is 10.3 µm/(m·K)

Thermal expansion is generally the tendency of matter to change its dimensions in response to a change in temperature. It is usually expressed as a fractional change in length or volume per unit temperature change.

Terbium – Specific Heat, Latent Heat of Fusion, Latent Heat of Vaporization

Specific heat of Terbium is 0.18 J/g K.

Heat capacity is an extensive property of matter, meaning it is proportional to the size of the system. Heat capacity C has the unit of energy per degree or energy per kelvin. When expressing the same phenomenon as an intensive property, the heat capacity is divided by the amount of substance, mass, or volume, thus the quantity is independent of the size or extent of the sample.

Latent Heat of Fusion of Terbium is 10.8 kJ/mol.

Latent Heat of Vaporization of Terbium is 330.9 kJ/mol.

Latent heat is the amount of heat added to or removed from a substance to produce a change in phase. This energy breaks down the intermolecular attractive forces, and also must provide the energy necessary to expand the gas (the pΔV work). When latent heat is added, no temperature change occurs. The enthalpy of vaporization is a function of the pressure at which that transformation takes place.

Melting Point of Elements

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Thermal Conductivity of Elements

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Thermal Expansion of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - thermal expansion

Heat Capacity of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - heat capacity

Heat of Fusion of Elements

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Heat of Vaporization of Elements

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Terbium – Electrical Resistivity – Magnetic Susceptibility


Electrical property refers to the response of a material to an applied electric field. One of the principal characteristics of materials is their ability (or lack of ability) to conduct electrical current. Indeed, materials are classified by this property, that is, they are divided into conductors, semiconductors, and nonconductors.

See also: Electrical Properties

Magnetic property refers to the response of a material to an applied magnetic field. The macroscopic magnetic properties of a material are a consequence of interactions between an external magnetic field and the magnetic dipole moments of the constituent atoms. Different materials react to the application of magnetic field differently.

See also: Magnetic Properties

Electrical Resistivity of Terbium

Electrical resistivity of Terbium is 1150 nΩ⋅m.

Electrical conductivity and its converse, electrical resistivity, is a fundamental property of a material that quantifies how Terbium conducts the flow of electric current. Electrical conductivity or specific conductance is the reciprocal of electrical resistivity.

Magnetic Susceptibility of Terbium

Magnetic susceptibility of Terbium is +146000e-6 cm^3/mol.

In electromagnetism, magnetic susceptibility is the measure of the magnetization of a substance. Magnetic susceptibility is a dimensionless proportionality factor that indicates the degree of magnetization of Terbium in response to an applied magnetic field.

Electrical Resistivity of Elements

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Magnetic Susceptibility of Elements

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