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Application of silver nanofluid containing oleic acid surfactant in a thermosyphon economizer

Thanya Parametthanuwat1, Sampan Rittidech1*, Adisak Pattiya2, Yulong Ding3 and Sanjeeva Witharana3

Author Affiliations

1 Heat-Pipe and Thermal Tools Design Research Unit (HTDR), Division of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

2 Bio-Energy Research Laboratory (BERL), Division of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

3 Institute of Particle Science & Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:315  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-315

Published: 7 April 2011

Abstract

This article reports a recent study on the application of a two-phase closed thermosyphon (TPCT) in a thermosyphon for economizer (TPEC). The TPEC had three sections of equal size; the evaporator, the adiabatic section, and the condenser, of 250 mm × 250 mm × 250 mm (W × L × H). The TPCT was a steel tube of 12.7-mm ID. The filling ratios chosen to study were 30, 50, and 80% with respect to the evaporator length. The volumetric flow rates for the coolant (in the condenser) were 1, 2.5, and 5 l/min. Five working fluids investigated were: water, water-based silver nanofluid with silver concentration 0.5 w/v%, and the nanofluid (NF) mixed with 0.5, 1, and 1.5 w/v% of oleic acid (OA). The operating temperatures were 60, 70, and 80°C. Experimental data showed that the TPEC gave the highest heat flux of about 25 kW/m2 and the highest effectiveness of about 0.3 at a filling ratio of 50%, with the nanofluid containing 1 w/v% of OA. It was further found that the effectiveness of nanofluid and the OA containing nanofluids were superior in effectiveness over water in all experimental conditions came under this study. Moreover, the presence of OA had clearly contributed to raise the effectiveness of the nanofluid.