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What is this material?

  1. Jan 9, 2014 #1
    Is there any materials that is elastically solid (ductile that can be shaped into thin wires) at low temperatures but liquid at room temperatures?
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  3. Jan 9, 2014 #2


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    Mercury maybe depending on how low the temperature.
  4. Jan 9, 2014 #3
    woods metal is 70C mp. there are others all a few tens of degrees above room temp

    As was stated mercury -39C mp
  5. Jan 10, 2014 #4
    Is there any material? Metal has a high melting point, it cannot be.
  6. Jan 10, 2014 #5
  7. Jan 13, 2014 #6


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    Is the material electrically conductive ?
    What colour is it ?
    Does it smell ?
    Where did you find it ?
    What do you want to use it for ?

    The metal elemental Gallium melts at a temperature of 29.76 °C
  8. Jan 13, 2014 #7
    The material necessary be nontoxic.
    It must be viscous at liquid states.
    I prefer an electrically conductive material and Non-newtonian.

    The reason why i wanted a material that is liquid at room temperature but ductile at its solid state is because i wanted to produce a very small pipe filled with that liquid. Is it possible for a wire-material to electroplate it with aluminum or other metal below its melting point? so that when it is heated to room temperature, i have a pipe filled with viscous liquid?
  9. Jan 13, 2014 #8
    Galinstan is a nontoxic alternative for Mercury in thermometers. These are generally not compatible with aluminum, but you'll need to do some research to see what metals they are compatible with. I would not attempt any electroplating - simply get tubes of compatible metals of the correct size and fill. You have limited choices for metals or alloys that are liquid at RT.
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