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Molecular Dynamics Study of the Interfacial Thermal Conductance at the Graphene/Paraffin Interface in Solid and Liquid Phases

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Hasan Babaei, J. M. Khodadadi

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Pawel Keblinski

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Paper No. HT2013-17478, pp. V004T14A018; 7 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 4: Heat and Mass Transfer Under Extreme Conditions; Environmental Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer; Visualization of Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer Education and Future Directions in Heat Transfer; Nuclear Energy
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5550-8
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


By utilizing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we study the interfacial thermal conductance at the interface of graphene and paraffin. In doing so, we conduct non-equilibrium heat source and sink simulations on systems of parallel and perpendicular configurations in which the heat flow is parallel and perpendicular to the surface of graphene, respectively. For the perpendicular configuration, graphene with different number of layers are considered. The results show that the interfacial thermal conductance decreases with the number of layers and converges to a value which is equal to the obtained conductance by using the parallel configuration. We also study the conductance for the solid phase paraffin. The results indicate that solid paraffin-graphene interfaces have higher conductance values with respect to the corresponding liquid phase systems.

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