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Viscosity measurements on colloidal dispersions (nanofluids) for heat transfer applications

Venerus, D, Buongiorno, J, Christianson, R, Townsend, J, Bang, IC, Chen, G, Chung, SJ, Chyu, M, Chen, H, Ding, Y, Dubois, F, Dzido, G, Funfschilling, D, Galand, Q, Gao, J, Hong, H, Horton, M, Hu, LW, Iorio, CS, Jarzebski, AB, Jiang, Y, Kabelac, S, Kedzierski, MA, Kim, C, Kim, JH, Kim, S, McKrell, T, Ni, R, Philip, J, Prabhat, N, Song, P, Vaerenbergh, SV, Wen, D, Witharana, S, Zhao, X and Zhou, S (2010) Viscosity measurements on colloidal dispersions (nanofluids) for heat transfer applications. Applied Rheology, 20 (4).


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This article reports viscosity data on a series of colloidal dispersions collected as part of the International Nanofluid Property Benchmark Exercise (INPBE). Data are reported for seven different fluids that include dispersions of metal-oxide nanoparticles in water, and in synthetic oil. These fluids, which are also referred to as ‘nanofluids,’ are currently being researched for their potential to function as heat transfer fluids. In a recently published paper from the INPBE study, thermal conductivity data from more than 30 laboratories around the world were reported and analyzed. Here, we examine the influence of particle shape and concentration on the viscosity of these same nanofluids and compare data to predictions from classical theories on suspension rheology.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Applied Rheology. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
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: 15 Sep 2011 09:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:53
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3933/ApplRheol-20-44582
Status: Published
Publisher: Applied Rheology
Identification Number: 10.3933/ApplRheol-20-44582
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43279

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