A C S Kumar
Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 69 Issue 3 September 2007 pp 411-421 Research Articles
Nanoﬂuids are a new class of heat transfer ﬂuids developed by suspending nanosized solid particles in liquids. Larger thermal conductivity of solid particles compared to the base ﬂuid such as water, ethylene glycol, engine oil etc. signiﬁcantly enhances their thermal properties. Several phenomenological models have been proposed to explain the anomalous heat transfer enhancement in nanoﬂuids. This paper presents a systematic literature survey to exploit the characteristics of nanoﬂuids, viz., thermal conductivity, speciﬁc heat and other thermal properties. An empirical correlation for the thermal conductivity of Al2O3 + water and Cu + water nanoﬂuids, considering the effects of temperature, volume fraction and size of the nanoparticle is developed and presented. A correlation for the evaluation of Nusselt number is also developed and presented and compared in graphical form. This enhanced thermophysical and heat transfer characteristics make ﬂuids embedded with nanomaterials as excellent candidates for future applications.
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