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Abstract: The thermal transport properties of nanofluids containing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in ethylene glycol and (poly)-alpha olefins (PAO) were investigated. It was found that the addition of SWCNTs enhanced the thermal conductivity of each of the two base fluids, with this enhancement increasing as the loading of SWCNTs increased. The authors were able to create an accurate predictive model of the thermal conductivity for these nanofluids by characterizing the morphology of the nanotubes after dispersal in the base fluids and incorporating the effects of a thermal interface layer.

Reference: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 3 (2008) 654-658

DOI: 10.1021/jp711164h