Numerical investigation of nanofluid deposition in a microchannel cooling system

Wang, M., Dobson, P. S. and Paul, M. C. (2023) Numerical investigation of nanofluid deposition in a microchannel cooling system. Powder Technology, 425, 118582. (doi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2023.118582)

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Nanofluid-microchannels (NF-MCs) have emerged as an important topic for thermal management of electronic devices. However, deposition of nanoparticles is a tricky problem, and this paper conducts a numerical study to identify the best working conditions to prevent deposition of nanofluids in a microchannel cooling system. According to the findings, large nanoparticles, high velocity, low inlet temperature, high nanoparticle density, low nanofluid density, and high base fluid viscosity are the best working conditions for improving nanofluid stability. However, heat transfer rates and pressure drop must also be taken into account. The nanoparticle deposition rate and average heat transfer coefficient only increase by 2.71% and 0.92% respectively as the heat flux increases from 20 kW/m2 to 100 kW/m2, but the pressure drop decreases by 10.57%. Therefore, changing the heat flux is not the best option. Moreover, the inlet temperature has only a minor effect on the heat transfer coefficient, so it is crucial to balance the pressure drop and nanoparticle deposition when designing systems.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:It is gratefully acknowledged that this work is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council with the University of Glasgow.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Professor Manosh and Dobson, Dr Phil and Wang, Meng
Authors: Wang, M., Dobson, P. S., and Paul, M. C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Powder Technology
ISSN (Online):1873-328X
Published Online:22 April 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Powder Technology 425: 118582
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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