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New International Formulation for the Viscosity of Heavy Water



Marc J. Assael, S.A. Monogenidou, Marcia L. Huber, Richard A. Perkins, Jan V. Sengers


The International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS) has recently adopted a new formulation for the thermodynamic properties of heavy water. This manuscript describes the development of a new correlation for the viscosity of heavy water that is consistent with the new equation of state and is valid for fluid states up to 775 K and 960 MPa with uncertainties ranging from 1 % to 5 % depending on the state point. Comparisons with experimental data and with an earlier viscosity formulation are presented. The new formulation contains terms for the enhancement of viscosity in a small region near the critical point that were not included in earlier formulations. The new formulation is applicable over a wider range of conditions than previous correlations.
J. Phys. & Chem. Ref. Data (JPCRD) -


IAPWS, kinematic viscosity, viscosity, heavy water.


Assael, M. , Monogenidou, S. , Huber, M. , Perkins, R. and Sengers, J. (2021), New International Formulation for the Viscosity of Heavy Water, J. Phys. & Chem. Ref. Data (JPCRD), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created July 8, 2021, Updated October 14, 2021