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A benchmark study on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids

Witharana, S, Buonjiorno, J, Chen, H, Ding, Y and et al.., (2009) A benchmark study on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. Journal of Applied physics, 106 (9). ISSN 0021-8979


This article reports on the International Nanofluid Property Benchmark Exercise, or INPBE, in which the thermal conductivity of identical samples of colloidally stable dispersions of nanoparticles or “nanofluids,” was measured by over 30 organizations worldwide, using a variety of experimental approaches, including the transient hot wire method, steady-state methods, and optical methods. The nanofluids tested in the exercise were comprised of aqueous and nonaqueous basefluids, metal and metal oxide particles, near-spherical and elongated particles, at low and high particle concentrations. The data analysis reveals that the data from most organizations lie within a relatively narrow band (±10% or less) about the sample average with only few outliers. The thermal conductivity of the nanofluids was found to increase with particle concentration and aspect ratio, as expected from classical theory. There are (small) systematic differences in the absolute values of the nanofluid thermal conductivity among the various experimental approaches; however, such differences tend to disappear when the data are normalized to the measured thermal conductivity of the basefluid. The effective medium theory developed for dispersed particles by Maxwell in 1881 and recently generalized by Nan et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 81, 6692 (1997)] , was found to be in good agreement with the experimental data, suggesting that no anomalous enhancement of thermal conductivity was achieved in the nanofluids tested in this exercise.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: thermal conductivity, nanofluids, colloids, stability, benchmark
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Chemical & Process Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 11:47
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:53
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3245330
Status: Published
Publisher: American Insitute of Physics
Identification Number: 10.1063/1.3245330
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43262

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