Simultaneous Assessment of the YBa2Cu3O6+z Thermodynamics Under the Linear Error Model
E B. Rudnyi, V V. Kuzmenko, G F. Voronin
About 3000 experimental points obtained in 220 miscellaneous experiments published in 57 papers have been processed simultaneously in order to obtain the most reliable Gibbs energy of the YBa2Cu3O6+z phase in the temperature range from 250 K to 1300 K. All other thermodynamics properties of the phase including the conditions for the tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition and the miscibility gap at lower temperatures are derived from the assessed Gibbs energy. The linear error model introduced recently by one of the authors has been employed for the simultaneous assessment. The results obtained are compared with those of the conventional weight least squares method and the benefit of the new approach is discussed. Another problem in simultaneous assessment that is also considered is visualizing the quality of the fit. New types of graphs (partly based on linear error model) that facilitate visualizing the quality of the fit are presented.