A new method of measuring thermal diffusivity and hence thermal conductivity of metals is suggested. Like previously reported dynamic methods, this method uses a heat source, whose temperature varies sinusoidally located at one end of an effectively infinite rod. Unlike these methods only one period of the heat wave is required to eliminate the unknown coefficient determining the heat lost by radiation since both velocity and amplitude decrement of the heat wave are measured. The new method is faster in taking data and simpler in computation. The thermoelectric potentials from two thermojunctions are amplified and plotted on a Brown "Electronic" recorder in order to obtain a permanent record of all necessary data for computing the thermal diffusivity. Results for copper over the temperature range 0-560°C and for thorium over the temperature range 0-430°C are given.
Sidles, Paul H. and Danielson, G. C., "Thermal conductivity of metals at high temperatures" (1951). Ames Laboratory ISC Technical Reports. 36.