PtW5 deformed condition

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The platinum-tungsten material PtW5, also Pt95W5 o Pt5W, for jewelery alloys Pt/W950 or Pt950/W50, is used as electrode material for spark plugs, as contact material for switch contacts (switches and relays for higher AC loads with long life like PtIr5, but for DC loads or AC loads with mains-synchronous switching instants). When switching DC circuits, PtW5 has the additional advantage of a small areal material migration from one to the other contact piece. They are particularly well-suited for switches and relays for DC loads or AC loads with line synchronous switching instants (currents in excess of 100mA at voltages greater than 12V) when long lifetimes are required. Another field of application for this material is the use as a potentiometer alloy. Furthermore, the material is used as platinum jewelry alloy for parts with high hardness, z. B. stamped rings, watch case use. The material is ductile, corrosion-resistant, oxidation-resistant up to 1100°C, abrasion-resistant and erosion-resistant. It is machinable, roll-cladable and conditionally deductible from the gas phase.

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20.0 °C

21.4 g/cm³

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Elastic modulus

20.0 °C

181 GPa

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20.0 °C

3 %

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Hardness, Vickers

20.0 °C

336 [-]

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Poisson's ratio

23.0 °C

0.39 [-]

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Typical for Platinum

Shear modulus

20.0 °C

81 GPa

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Tensile strength

20.0 °C

890 MPa

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Yield strength Rp0.2

20.0 °C

840 MPa

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Coefficient of thermal expansion

300.0 °C

8.9E-6 1/K

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Melting point

1769 °C

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Specific heat capacity

23.0 °C

136 J/(kg·K)

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Thermal conductivity

23.0 °C

69 - 73 W/(m·K)

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Electrical conductivity

20.0 °C

2.30E+6 S/m

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Electrical resistivity

20.0 °C

4.3E-7 Ω·m

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Chemical properties



95 %

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5 %

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