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Abstract: Kerosene is used as a coolant in engines, however like many conventional heat transfer fluids, it has a low thermal conductivity. Nanofluids are suspensions of thermally conductive nanometer sized particles in a base fluid. This paper explores the thermal properties of a Kerosene based nanofluid with copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles. The thermal conductivity meter measured the thermal conductivity of copper oxide/Kerosene nanofluids using the transient plane source (TPS) technique. Nanofluid samples of 60 ml ranging from 0.01-0.08% concentration were measured for 20 seconds at 25mW. Results showed that the thermal conductivity of the CuO/Kerosene nanofluid increased with CuO concentration up to a certain point, then slightly declined.

Reference: Nano Vision, 6, 2 (2016) 10-17