Heat transfer enhancement using Al2O3–water nanofluid for an electronic liquid cooling system

Université de Sherbrooke, Шербрук, Quebec, Canada
Applied Thermal Engineering (Impact Factor: 2.62). 06/2007; 27(8-9):1501-1506. DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2006.09.028

ABSTRACT We have experimentally investigated the behaviour and heat transfer enhancement of a particular nanofluid, Al2O3 nanoparticle–water mixture, flowing inside a closed system that is destined for cooling of microprocessors or other electronic components. Experimental data, obtained for turbulent flow regime, have clearly shown that the inclusion of nanoparticles into distilled water has produced a considerable enhancement of the cooling block convective heat transfer coefficient. For a particular nanofluid with 6.8% particle volume concentration, heat transfer coefficient has been found to increase as much as 40% compared to that of the base fluid. It has also been found that an increase of particle concentration has produced a clear decrease of the heated component temperature. Experimental data have clearly shown that nanofluid with 36 nm particle diameter provides higher heat transfer coefficients than the ones of nanofluid with 47 nm particle size.