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Convective Heat Transfer of Alumina Nanofluids in a Microchannel

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Saeid Vafaei, Dongsheng Wen

Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Paper No. IHTC14-22206, pp. 585-589; 5 pages
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference
  • 2010 14th International Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 6
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 8–13, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4941-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3879-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This work reports an experimental study of convective heat transfer of aqueous alumina nanofluids in a horizontal microchannel under laminar flow condition. The variation of local heat transfer coefficients, in both entrance and developed flow regime, is obtained as a function of axial distance. The heat transfer coefficient of nanofluids is found to be dependent upon not only nanoparticle concentration but also mass flow rate. Different to the behavior in conventional-sized channels, the major heat transfer coefficient enhancement is observed in fully developed region in microchannels. Discussions of the results suggest that the heterogeneous nature of nanoparticle flow should be considered.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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