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Phase Transition of Argon in a Nanocavity

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Philipp A. E. Schoen, Dimos Poulikakos

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Paper No. HT2005-72390, pp. 25-27; 3 pages
  • ASME 2005 Summer Heat Transfer Conference collocated with the ASME 2005 Pacific Rim Technical Conference and Exhibition on Integration and Packaging of MEMS, NEMS, and Electronic Systems
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 17–22, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4731-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3762-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


We performed molecular dynamics simulations of argon liquid enclosed in an infinitely extended channel made out of platinum atoms. It was found that for small temperatures the van der Waals forces at the liquid-substrate interface are increased. Using this fact and the nature of argon, that this liquid thermally contracts if cooled, phase transition of liquid to vapor could also be achieved in this nanocavity of constant volume. However, the phase diagram is altered significantly compared to bulk argon.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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