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Enhanced Natural Convective Heat Transfer of CNT-Ethylene Glycol-Water Suspensions

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Sanjeeva Witharana, Haisheng Cheng, Yulong Ding

University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Paper No. MNHT2008-52372, pp. 633-637; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This paper presents an experimental study on the rheology and steady state natural convective heat transfer of suspensions of Carbon nanotubes (CNT) in the Water - Ethylene Glycol (WEG) base liquid, heated in a cylindrical cavity. Two series of experiment were performed in two orientations of the central axis of the cavity; vertical, and, horizontal. In vertical axis experiments, the heat was supplied from the bottom. The cylindrical cavity was made out of Aluminium, 10mm in height and 240mm in diameter. The heat input was 215W/m2 . The CNTs used had an aspect ratio of ∼150. There were six suspensions investigated in either series of tests; CNT 0.1wt%, and EG 0, 10, 25, 50, 75 & 100wt%. It was found that the vertical axis orientation deteriorates heat transfer in all cases. However for horizontal orientation, there is a spectacular enhancement of up to 83% depending upon the EG concentration. The results also show that WEG-CNT suspension demonstrates non-Newtonian behaviour, which augments with increasing EG concentration.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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