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Curvature Effect on the Thermal Conductivity of Nanowires

[+] Author Affiliations
Liang-Chun Liu

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Mei-Jiau Huang

National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Ronggui Yang

University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO

Paper No. HT2008-56339, pp. 369-372; 4 pages
  • ASME 2008 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the Fluids Engineering, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 1
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4847-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Directional preference of the ballistic phonon transport plays an important role in the effective thermal conductivity of nanostructures. Curved nanowires can have very different thermal conductivities from straight ones. In this work, a Monte-Carlo simulator is developed and used to investigate the curvature effect on the phonon transport in silicon nanowires. The results show that the curvature of geometry does not alter the phonon transport efficiency in large wires but decreases the effective thermal conductivity in their nano-sized counterparts.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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