Nanocarbon nanofluids: Morphology and nanostructure comparisons

Randy L. Vander Wal, Steven D. Mozes, Vladimir Pushkarev

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Reported here are experimental results of studies designed to identify the operable mechanisms responsible for the gains in thermal conductivity of nanofluids based on nanocarbons. Comparison of functionalized versus nonfunctionalized nanocarbons addresses the effect of interfacial fluid ordering. Comparison between graphitized and nongraphitized carbon black addresses the effect of long-range phonon propagation. Comparison between multi-walled nanotubes and carbon black addresses particle aggregation by comparing two very different, yet fixed, nanocarbon morphologies. Lastly, partial network formation, i.e., spatially distributed clustering, is addressed by varied concentrations of different nanocarbon morphologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105702
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 14 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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