Barium is the fifth element in group 2 and is a soft, silvery alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity, barium is never found in nature as a free element. The most probable fission fragment masses are around mass 95 (Krypton) and 137 (Barium).
|Element category||Alkaline Earth Metal|
|Phase at STP||Solid|
|Ultimate Tensile Strength||N/A|
|Young’s Modulus of Elasticity||13 GPa|
|Melting Point||725 °C|
|Boiling Point||1845 °C|
|Thermal Conductivity||18 W/mK|
|Thermal Expansion Coefficient||20.6 µm/mK|
|Specific Heat||0.204 J/g K|
|Heat of Fusion||7.75 kJ/mol|
|Heat of Vaporization||142 kJ/mol|
|Electrical resistivity [nanoOhm meter]||332|
|Magnetic Susceptibility||+20.6e-6 cm^3/mol|
Applications of Barium
Barium is not an extensively used element. Most is used in drilling fluids for oil and gas wells. It is also used in paint and in glassmaking. Barium is also a key element in the production of ceramic superconductors. Lanthanum barium copper oxide, or LBCO, was discovered in 1986 and was the first high temperature superconductor.
Production and Price of Barium
Raw materials prices change daily. They are primarily driven by supply, demand and energy prices. In 2019, prices of pure Barium were at around 550 $/kg.
The primary commercial source of barium is baryte (also called barytes or heavy spar), a barium sulfate mineral with deposits in many parts of the world. Another commercial source, far less important than baryte, is witherite, barium carbonate.
Mechanical Properties of Barium
Strength of Barium
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 Barium
Ultimate tensile strength of Barium is N/A.
Yield Strength of Barium
Yield strength of Barium is N/A.
Modulus of Elasticity of Barium
The Young’s modulus of elasticity of Barium is N/A.
Hardness of Barium
In materials science, hardness is the ability to withstand surface indentation (localized plastic deformation) and scratching. Brinell 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 Barium is approximately N/A.
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 Barium is approximately N/A.
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.
Barium is has a hardness of approximately 1.25.
See also: Hardness of Materials
Barium – Crystal Structure
A possible crystal structure of Barium is body-centered cubic structure.
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 Barium
Thermal Properties of Barium
Barium – Melting Point and Boiling Point
Melting point of Barium is 725°C.
Boiling point of Barium is 1845°C.
Note that, these points are associated with the standard atmospheric pressure.
Barium – Thermal Conductivity
Thermal conductivity of Barium is 18 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 Barium
Linear thermal expansion coefficient of Barium is 20.6 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.
Barium – Specific Heat, Latent Heat of Fusion, Latent Heat of Vaporization
Specific heat of Barium is 0.204 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 Barium is 7.75 kJ/mol.
Latent Heat of Vaporization of Barium is 142 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.
Barium – 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 Barium
Electrical resistivity of Barium is 332 nΩ⋅m.
Electrical conductivity and its converse, electrical resistivity, is a fundamental property of a material that quantifies how Barium conducts the flow of electric current. Electrical conductivity or specific conductance is the reciprocal of electrical resistivity.
Magnetic Susceptibility of Barium
Magnetic susceptibility of Barium is +20.6e-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 Barium in response to an applied magnetic field.
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