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Numerical Study of Nanofluids Flow Characteristics Using LES–Lagrange Method and Molecular Dynamics Simulation

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Chengzhi Hu, Peng Heng, Minli Bai, Jizu Lv, Yuyan Wang, Xiaojie Li

Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

Paper No. MNHMT2013-22008, pp. V001T02A001; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Hong Kong, China, December 11–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5615-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In order to reveal the mechanisms of heat transfer enhancement in nanofluids from the flow characteristics, this paper firstly used LES (Large eddy simulation)–Lagrange method to simulate the turbulent flow of nanofluids through a straight circular tube. It has been observed that nanoparticles would move up and down and sideways besides main flowing. The turbulent characteristics of nanofluids have been changed greatly in comparison with pure water: the turbulent intensity and Reynolds stress are enhanced obviously; there are more vortexes in the flow field. These flow characteristics of nanofluids can effectively strengthen the transport of momentum, mass and energy, which is the main reason for heat transfer enhancement in nanofluids. It is also found that nanofluids containing smaller diameter nanoparticles have higher turbulent intensity and flow activity. The flow characteristics of nanofluids are sensitive to the changes of smaller diameter nanoparticle size. While using different nanoparticle materials, the flow characteristics of nanofluids have a little change. At last, to verify the aforesaid views, the flow behaviors of nanofluids in the near wall region and main flow region have been simulated by molecular dynamics.

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