Heat transfer capability of (ethylene glycol + water)-based nanofluids containing graphene nanoplatelets: design and thermophysical profile
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/3244
UNESCO SUBJECT: 2204 Física de Fluidos ; 2213.02 Física de la Transmisión del Calor ; 3328.16 Transferencia de Calor
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
This research aims at studying the stability and thermophysical properties of nanofluids designed as dispersions of sulfonic acid-functionalized graphene nanoplatelets in an (ethylene glycol + water) mixture at (10:90)% mass ratio. Nanofluid preparation conditions were defined through a stability analysis based on zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Thermal conductivity, dynamic viscosity, and density were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 283.15 to 343.15 K and nanoparticle mass concentrations of up to 0.50% by using a transient plate source, a rotational rheometer, and a vibrating-tube technique, respectively. Thermal conductivity enhancements reach up to 5% without a clear effect of temperature while rheological tests evidence a Newtonian behavior of the studied nanofluids. Different equations such as the Nan, Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman (VFT), or Maron-Pierce (MP) models were utilized to describe the temperature or nanoparticle concentration dependences of thermal conductivity and viscosity. Finally, different figures of merit based on the experimental values of thermophysical properties were also used to compare the heat transfer capability and pumping power between nanofluids and base fluid.
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