The transient hot-wire method, incorporating a static magnetic field, has been developed to measure thermal conductivities of liquid mercury and gallium. Prior to the measurements, the effect of an alumina-coated hot wire on the measurements has been evaluated. Natural convection in the liquid metals has been effectively suppressed by the Lorentz force acting on the liquid metals in a static magnetic field. The thermal conductivities of liquid mercury and gallium have been determined to be 7.9 W.m -1.K -1 at 291 K and 24 W.m -1.K -1 at 302.9 K, respectively.
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