Presentation Title

An Alternative Experimental Method to Measure the Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids

Location

Nessmith-Lane Atrium

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Research Area Topic:

Engineering and Material Sciences - Mechanical

Abstract

A nanofluid is a fluid containing nanometer-sized particles. These particles have different thermophysical and rheological properties than their base fluid. Nanofluids can be used to increase the effectiveness of thermal management systems due to their enhanced thermophysical properties and heat transfer performance. An incredibly important thermophysical property is thermal conductivity which characterizes the rate at which thermal energy passed through a specified medium. Unfortunately, measuring the thermal conductivity and other thermophysical properties is often difficult. A new experimental methodology to determine the thermal conductivity of a nanofluid is presented. The thermal conductivity of a nanofluid was experimentally calculated. The increase in thermal conductivity, and thus heat transfer performance, as compared to the base fluid will be presented.

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-16-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

4-16-2016 4:00 PM

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An Alternative Experimental Method to Measure the Thermal Conductivity of Nanofluids

Nessmith-Lane Atrium

A nanofluid is a fluid containing nanometer-sized particles. These particles have different thermophysical and rheological properties than their base fluid. Nanofluids can be used to increase the effectiveness of thermal management systems due to their enhanced thermophysical properties and heat transfer performance. An incredibly important thermophysical property is thermal conductivity which characterizes the rate at which thermal energy passed through a specified medium. Unfortunately, measuring the thermal conductivity and other thermophysical properties is often difficult. A new experimental methodology to determine the thermal conductivity of a nanofluid is presented. The thermal conductivity of a nanofluid was experimentally calculated. The increase in thermal conductivity, and thus heat transfer performance, as compared to the base fluid will be presented.