Analysis of Thermal Interfacial Resistance Between Nanofins and Various Coolants Academic Article uri icon


  • Molecular dynamic simulations are performed to study the thermal interfacial resistance between a (5,5) carbon nanotube (CNT) and different matrix materials (water, ethyl alcohol, and 1-hexene). After the matrix-CNT ensemble is equilibrated to a base temperature of 300K, the temperature of the nanotube is raised to 750K by scaling the velocities of the carbon atoms. The system is then allowed to relax under constant energy. The exponential decay of temperature is used to calculate the thermal interfacial resistance. The interfacial resistance for water, ethyl alcohol and 1-hexene are found to be 2.13 × 10-8, 4.74 × 10-8, and 7.29 × 10-8 m2K/W, respectively, from the analysis. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Singh, N., Unnikrishnan, V. U., Banerjee, D., & Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • September 2011