Improving the cooling performance of automobile radiator with Al2O3/water nanofluid

Applied Thermal Engineering (Impact Factor: 2.74). 07/2011; 31(10):1833-1838. DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2011.02.029


In this paper, forced convective heat transfer in a water based nanofluid has experimentally been compared to that of pure water in an automobile radiator. Five different concentrations of nanofluids in the range of 0.1–1 vol.% have been prepared by the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles into the water. The test liquid flows through the radiator consisted of 34 vertical tubes with elliptical cross section and air makes a cross flow inside the tube bank with constant speed. Liquid flow rate has been changed in the range of 2–5 l/min to have the fully turbulent regime (9 × 103 < Re < 2.3 × 104). Additionally, the effect of fluid inlet temperature to the radiator on heat transfer coefficient has also been analyzed by varying the temperature in the range of 37–49 °C. Results demonstrate that increasing the fluid circulating rate can improve the heat transfer performance while the fluid inlet temperature to the radiator has trivial effects. Meanwhile, application of nanofluid with low concentrations can enhance heat transfer efficiency up to 45% in comparison with pure water.Highlights► Application of nanofluid in the car radiator has been studied experimentally. ► Heat transfer enhancement of about 45% compared to water has been recorded. ► Increasing particle concentration and velocity improves heat transfer performance.

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    • "With 1.0 vol.% of nanoparticles, the maximum enhancements of heat transfer of the CNT–water nanofluids and Al 2 O 3 –water nanofluid were 90.76% and 52.03%, respectively higher compared to water only. Peyghambarzadeh et al. [57] Al 2 O 3 –water Maximum enhancement of thermal conductivity of nanofluids was 3.0% with 1.0 vol.% of Al 2 O 3 nanoparticles. However, with 1.0 vol.% of nanoparticles, maximum enhancement of heat transfer of the nanofluids was 45% when compared to water only. "

    International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer 11/2015; 68:85-90. · 2.78 Impact Factor
    • "They reported an increase in the nanofluid heat transfer coefficient with the Reynolds number and nanoparticles concentration, particularly in the entrance region. Peyghambarzadeh et al. [10] obtained data with the objective of determining the convective heat transfer of Al 2 O 3 /water nanofluid flowing in an automobile radiator and observed heat transfer enhancement up to 45% as compared to pure water. Heris et al. [11] observed heat transfer enhancement of Al 2 O 3 /water nanofluid flowing in a tube under laminar flow conditions for constant wall temperature boundary condition. "
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    Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 04/2015; 62. DOI:10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2014.12.006 · 1.99 Impact Factor
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    • "cooling block convective heat transfer coefficient. Peyghambarzadeh et al. [17] suggested that the application of nanofluid with low concentrations could enhance the heat transfer efficiency . In a contradicting conclusion, Williams et al. [10] observed no abnormal heat transfer enhancement with nanofluids over that of the water base fluid. "
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