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Ab initio kinetic coefficients of gaseous hydrogen



James B. Mehl, Marcia L. Huber, Allan H. Harvey


The spherical portion of the hydrogen intermolecular potential recently determined in ab initio calculations by Patkowski et al [J. Chem. Phys. 129:094304 (2008)] was used to calculate the viscosity and spherical contribution to the thermal conductivity of hydrogen using a full quantum-mechanical formalism. Viscosities in the temperature range 203 K 394 K were compared with recent high-accuracy (uncertainty of 0.084%) measurements of May et al [Int. J. Thermophys. 28:1085 (2007)]. The measured viscosities all fall in a range between 0.01% and 0.06% below the calculated viscosities. This close agreement supports the accuracy of the potential of Patkowski et al. Calculations with one earlier ab initio potentials are presented for comparison. The thermal conductivity, calculated in the modified Eucken approximation using literature values of the specific heat, was found in reasonable agreement with experimental results. The average fractional difference between three experimental data sets for hydrogen spanning 21 314 K was (0.3 1.0)%; the average fractional difference between three experimental data sets for parahydrogen spanning 20 275 K was (−0.8 1.2)%.
International Journal of Thermophysics


ab initio properties, hydrogen, thermal conductivity, viscosity


Mehl, J. , Huber, M. and Harvey, A. (2010), Ab initio kinetic coefficients of gaseous hydrogen, International Journal of Thermophysics, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created January 8, 2010, Updated October 12, 2021