platinum-iridium alloy

platinum-iridium alloy

[′plat·ən·əm ə′rid·ē·əm ′al‚ȯi]
(metallurgy)
An alloy with 1-30% iridium; as concentration of iridium increases, so do hardness, chemical resistance, and melting point; used in jewelry, electrical contacts, and hypodermic needles.
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This reference mass is used to calibrate national standards made of platinum-iridium alloy [2].
Experts are willing to make the changes so that it is no longer based on the mass of a solid cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy that sits beneath three layers of protective glass sealed in a locked vault in Sevres, France.
Among global standards for length, mass, time, and other fundamental quantities, only the kilogram remains a physical object--a carefully machined cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures at Sevres, France.
Careful recalibration against the so-called international prototype of the kilogram -- a lump of platinum-iridium alloy that sits in a vault at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France -- showed the U.