Table of Contents
Journal of Thermodynamics
Volume 2014, Article ID 123478, 8 pages
Research Article

Studies on Thermophysical Properties of CaO and MgO by -Ray Attenuation

1Department of Physics, Varadha Reddy College of Engineering, Warangal 506009, India
2Kakatiya University, Warangal 506009, India

Received 5 January 2014; Accepted 28 February 2014; Published 15 April 2014

Academic Editor: Mohammad Al-Nimr

Copyright © 2014 A. S. Madhusudhan Rao and K. Narender. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The study on temperature dependent γ-ray attenuation and thermophysical properties of CaO and MgO has been carried out in the temperature range 300 K–1250 K using different energies of γ-beam, namely, Am (0.0595 MeV), Cs (0.66 MeV), and Co (1.173 MeV and 1.332 MeV) on γ-ray densitometer fabricated in our laboratory. The linear attenuation coefficients (μl) for the pellets of CaO and MgO as a function of temperature have been determined using γ-beam of different energies. The coefficients of temperature dependence of density have been reported. The variation of density and linear thermal expansion of CaO and MgO in the temperature range of 300 K–1250 K has been studied and compared with the results available in the literature. The temperature dependence of linear attenuation coefficients, density, and thermal expansion has been represented by second degree polynomial. Volume thermal expansion coefficients have been reported.