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Investigation on two abnormal phenomena about thermal conductivity enhancement of BN/EG nanofluids

Yanjiao Li12*, Jing'en Zhou1, Zhifeng Luo1, Simon Tung3, Eric Schneider3, Jiangtao Wu4 and Xiaojing Li4

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shanxi, 710049, China

2 Xi'an Research Inst. Of Hi-Tech, Hongqing Town, Xi'an, 710025, China

3 GM R &D Center, 480-106-160, 30500 Mound Road Warren, MI 48090-9055, USA

4 State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shanxi 710049, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:443  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-443

Published: 9 July 2011


The thermal conductivity of boron nitride/ethylene glycol (BN/EG) nanofluids was investigated by transient hot-wire method and two abnormal phenomena was reported. One is the abnormal higher thermal conductivity enhancement for BN/EG nanofluids at very low-volume fraction of particles, and the other is the thermal conductivity enhancement of BN/EG nanofluids synthesized with large BN nanoparticles (140 nm) which is higher than that synthesized with small BN nanoparticles (70 nm). The chain-like loose aggregation of nanoparticles is responsible for the abnormal increment of thermal conductivity enhancement for the BN/EG nanofluids at very low particles volume fraction. And the difference in specific surface area and aspect ratio of BN nanoparticles may be the main reasons for the abnormal difference between thermal conductivity enhancements for BN/EG nanofluids prepared with 140- and 70-nm BN nanoparticles, respectively.