Mercury

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Description

Mercury has the lowest melting point of all metals, and it's the only liquid metal at room temperature. This fact, combined with its high density, low volatility, low wettability and high coefficient of thermal expansion make it the most popular liquid used in thermometres, barometres and manometres. Liquid mercury readily forms amalgams with many other heavy metals such as gold and silver, a property that has been used throughout history in the extraction of these metals.

This material data has been provided by Matmatch.

All metrics apply to room temperature unless otherwise stated. SI units used unless otherwise stated.
Equivalent standards are similar to one or more standards provided by the supplier. Some equivalent standards may be stricter whereas others may be outside the bounds of the original standard.

Ashby charts

Properties

General

PropertyTemperatureValue

Density

20.0 °C

13.69 g/cm³

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Thermal

PropertyTemperatureValue

Melting point

-38.83 °C

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Specific heat capacity

20.0 °C

139.5 J/(kg·K)

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Thermal conductivity

20.0 °C

8.3 W/(m·K)

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Electrical

PropertyTemperatureValue

Electrical resistivity

20.0 °C

9.6E-7 Ω·m

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