Enhancement of thermal transport in water and ethylene glycol using Al 2 O 3 nanoparticles Conference Paper uri icon


  • Current research demonstrates a significant increase in the thermal conductivity of suspensions containing small volume fractions (<5%) of metal or metal oxide nanoparticles compared with the base liquids alone. Due to incomplete discussion of sample preparation and characterization in a significant portion of literature to date, there is some ambiguity in what the published data actually represents. This paper provides thermal conductivity measurements for two types of nanofluids, Al 2 O 3 -deionized water and Al 2 O 3 -ethylene glycol, with a well described sample preparation method. The nanofluids were loaded at 2% by volume with 44 nm Al 2 O 3 nanoparticles. Thermal conductivity values were measured using the transient hot wire (THW) method, the nanoparticle size was obtained by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and the morphology was determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

published proceedings

  • AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings

author list (cited authors)

  • Ascic, M., Hays, A., Marsh, C. P., Kessler, D., Crowley, E., Jones, B. G., Alvarado, J., & Tangtragulwong, P

complete list of authors

  • Ascic, M||Hays, A||Marsh, CP||Kessler, D||Crowley, E||Jones, BG||Alvarado, J||Tangtragulwong, P

publication date

  • January 1, 2005 11:11 AM