This paper presents an experimental study on the rheology and steady state natural convective heat transfer of suspensions of Carbon nanotubes (CNT) in the Water - Ethylene Glycol (WEG) base liquid, heated in a cylindrical cavity. Two series of experiment were performed in two orientations of the central axis of the cavity; vertical, and, horizontal. In vertical axis experiments, the heat was supplied from the bottom. The cylindrical cavity was made out of Aluminium, 10mm in height and 240mm in diameter. The heat input was 215W/m2. The CNTs used had an aspect ratio of ∼150. There were six suspensions investigated in either series of tests; CNT 0.1wt%, and EG 0, 10, 25, 50, 75 & 100wt%. It was found that the vertical axis orientation deteriorates heat transfer in all cases. However for horizontal orientation, there is a spectacular enhancement of up to 83% depending upon the EG concentration. The results also show that WEG-CNT suspension demonstrates non-Newtonian behaviour, which augments with increasing EG concentration.
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Enhanced Natural Convective Heat Transfer of CNT-Ethylene Glycol-Water Suspensions
Witharana, S, Cheng, H, & Ding, Y. "Enhanced Natural Convective Heat Transfer of CNT-Ethylene Glycol-Water Suspensions." Proceedings of the ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer. ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B. Tainan, Taiwan. June 6–9, 2008. pp. 633-637. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/MNHT2008-52372
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