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Jet-Impingement Effects of Alumina-Nanofluid on Aluminum and Copper
Advances in Tribology Journal
  • Gustavo J. Molina, Georgia Southern University
  • Fnu Aktaruzzaman, Georgia Southern University
  • Whitney Stregles, Georgia Southern University
  • Valentin Soloiu, Georgia Southern University
  • Mosfequr Rahman, Georgia Southern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
8-21-2014
DOI
10.1155/2014/476175
Abstract

Nanofluids are nanosize-powder suspensions that are of interest for their enhanced thermal transport properties. They are studied as promising alternatives to ordinary cooling fluids, but the tribiological effects of nanofluids on cooling-system materials are largely unknown. The authors have developed methodology that uses jet impingement on typical cooling-system materials to test such effects. The work is presented of the authors’ research on the interactions of a typical nanofluid (2% volume of alumina nanopowders in a solution of ethylene glycol in water) which is impinged on aluminum and copper specimens for tests as long as 112 hours. The surface changes were assessed by roughness measurements and optical-microscope studies. Comparative roughness indicate that both the reference cooling fluid of ethylene glycol and water and its nanofluid with 2% alumina produce roughness changes in aluminum (even for the shortest 3-hour test), but no significant roughness differences were observed between them. No significant roughness changes were observed for copper. Microscopy observations, however, show different surface modifications in both aluminum and copper by both the nanofluid and its base fluid. The possible mechanisms of early erosion are discussed. These investigations demonstrate suitable methods for the testing of nanofluid effects on cooling system-materials.

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Copyright © 2014 Gustavo J. Molina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Article obtained from Adav

Citation Information
Gustavo J. Molina, Fnu Aktaruzzaman, Whitney Stregles, Valentin Soloiu, et al.. "Jet-Impingement Effects of Alumina-Nanofluid on Aluminum and Copper" Advances in Tribology Journal Vol. 2014 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/valentin-soloiu/26/