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Numerical Simulation for Microconvection Around Nano-Particle With Brownian Motion in Liquid

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B. X. Wang, H. Li, X. F. Peng, L. X. Yang

Tsinghua University, Beijing, P. R. China

Paper No. HT2003-47347, pp. 427-439; 13 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3693-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The development of a numerical model for analyzing the effect of the nano-particles’ Brownian motion on the heat transfer is described. By using the Maxwell velocity distribution relations to calculate the most possible velocity of fluid molecules at certain temperature gradient location around the nano-particle, the interaction between fluid molecules and one single nano-particle is analyzed and calculated. Based on this, a syntonic system is proposed and the coupled effect that Brownian motion of nano-particles has on fluid molecules is simulated. This is used to formulate a reasonable analytic method, facilitating laboratory study. The results provide the essential features of the heat transfer process, contributed by micro-convection to be considered.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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