Stability of glycol nanofluids - The theory and experiment

  • Witharana S
  • Palabiyik I
  • Musina Z
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Formulation of stable nanofluids containing ZnO, Al2O3and TiO2nanoparticles in propylene glycol (PG), ethylene glycol (EG) and 50wt.% mixtures of PG and EG in water (WPG, WEG) was investigated, with and without the presence of surfactants. Nanofluid samples of particle concentrations 1-9wt.% were prepared by dispersive method. Surfactant presence was in the range of 0-1wt.%/wt.% of nanoparticles. Visual observation, particle size measurement and zeta potential analysis were performed to evaluate the dispersion stability. Overall the PG-based samples were found to be the most stable suspensions. The effect of base fluid on particle size and the effect of day light on nanofluid stability were also examined as a function of time. TiO2-PG samples showed a colour change when exposed to sunlight. Sunlight also caused the PG based TiO2and Al2O3nanofluid to increase their particle sizes by up to 45% in the course of 3days. As for stability, the sedimentation velocity was observed to be a key parameter. Finally by comparison of settling theory with experiments, a stability boundary was demarcated to identify stable and unstable nanofluids. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Formulation
  • Glycols
  • Nanofluids
  • Nanoparticles
  • Particle size
  • Stability

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