Heat transfer enhancement in nano-fluids suspensions: Possible mechanisms and explanations

Johnathan J. Vadasz, Saneshan Govender, Peter Vadasz

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The spectacular heat transfer enhancement revealed experimentally in nano-fluids suspensions is being investigated theoretically at the macro-scale level aiming at explaining the possible mechanisms that lead to such impressive experimental results. In particular, the possibility that thermal wave effects via hyperbolic heat conduction could have been the source of the excessively improved effective thermal conductivity of the suspension is shown to provide a viable explanation although the investigation of alternative possibilities is needed prior to reaching an ultimate conclusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2673-2683
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Effective thermal conductivity
  • Heat transfer enhancement
  • Nano-fluids
  • Nano-particles suspension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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