Convective heat transfer in nanofluids: A computational approach

Mauricio Giraldo, Daniel Sanín, Whady F. Flórez

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    Nanofluids are a novel strategy to increase heat transfer characteristics of fluids by the addition of solid particles with diameters below 100 nm. Experimental measurements have shown that this approach can greatly increase heat conductivity, even above that predicted by Maxwell's theory. This paper shows a direct numerical simulation of the flow and thermal behaviour of a nanofluid loaded with alumina nanoparticles. The Boundary Element Method is used given its capabilities to deal with moving boundary problems. Results showed strong convective currents caused by the presence of the nanoparticles, which in time increase total heat flow in the cavity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-122
    Number of pages4
    JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
    StatePublished - 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2010, ICNAAM-2010 - Rhodes, Greece
    Duration: 19 Sep 201025 Sep 2010


    • Boundary elements
    • Nanofluids
    • advection
    • convection


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